Minutes July 19, 2016

Western IL Beekeepers Meeting

Minutes July 19, 2016

Meeting Minutes

 

Board Meeting:  We didn’t have much to discuss at our Executive Board Meeting.  We had a short discussion about the loss of queens this year.  We will be getting ready to discuss our order for next year soon.  The order must be made in December.  Bob Frey brought a book for our lending library.  It is Honey Essentials by John Connor. Thanks, Bob!

Full Board Meeting: President Ron welcomed everyone.  There were three new keepers present:  John Connor, Nancy Hicks and Joe Roberts.  Welcome to world of beekeeping, folks!

Treasurer’s Report: Mike informed us that we have $4,613 in our account.

Secretary’s Report:  Diane will add the new members to the roster and get a new list out to everyone.

Discussion:  We discussed our junior beekeeping program and asked Anne Knowles if she could contact Paige Sargent and ask her to come to our August meeting. We want to hear from all of our jr. keepers this year.  We agreed to sponsor 2 or 3 new juniors next year.

Many keepers are harvesting honey with some impressive totals.  Herb has gathered 228 lbs from 5 or 6 of his hives.  Rick Camp has pulled 150 lbs so far. We discussed prices for honey – Ron charges $7.50/pound; Mike charges $20/ quart.

Some questions were raised regarding swarming. Hives can get both honey and pollen bound.  Keepers can pull full frames from the center of the hive body and replace them with empty frames.  Be sure to rotate your hive bodies.  If you find your hive is bound you can also put a super on the bottom if you need to.  3 supers equal two hive bodies.  Some keepers use only supers because they are easier to handle.

Strong hives can fill 2-5 supers of honey quickly if the frames already have drawn wax. Keepers should have enough extra frames, supers, etc. to keep the hives working. We discussed plasti-cel vs. wax foundation.  Some keepers have had success with the plastic, others haven’t.

Jim Browning has two queens separated by an excluder in one of his hives.  Experienced keepers said that you can run a dual queen system or you can split the hive into two hives. Caucasian bees can often tolerate two queens per hive.

With regard to harvesting, if you do the oven method you lose your drawn comb.  Also, your honey is no longer “raw”.  It becomes pasteurized if you put the frames in the oven to retrieve honey.

The “Honey Flow” hive is “A GIANT MESS!”  It results in burr comb (ugh!) and you can’t tell if your honey is ripe.  Don’t bother with it!

Herb has a 4 frame Dadant motorized extractor he will donate to the club.  It is old but working and for those who don’t have an extractor or have a bunch of frames, it will make the job easier.  The club will handle the loaning out of the extractor. Thanks, Herb!

Many keepers requeen in the fall to insure a strong hive going into winter. You don’t have to find the queen in your hive to know she is there.  If you see eggs and small larvae, the queen is there and doing her job!

We discussed having a meeting in the future where newer keepers can practice putting frames together, and learn how to split hives and make nucs.  That is an excellent idea we will pursue during the winter.

We had a great meeting with lots of learning and discussion and we adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

 

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Meeting Agenda Tuesday August 16, 2016

Western Illinois Beekeepers
Meeting Agenda Tuesday August 16, 2016

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1. President’s Report

2. Treasurer’s Report

3. Secretary’s Report/ Roster updates – New Rosters!

4. Old Business

A. Junior beekeeping program.

5. Discussion
A. Honey!!!! Harvest, bottling, yield….

6. New Business

7. For the good of the Cause

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Meeting Agenda Tuesday July 19, 2016

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Meeting Agenda  Tuesday July 19, 2016

 

  1. Old Business
  2. Secretary’s Report/ Roster updates
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. President’s Report
    1.  Upcoming Picnic: Betsy Larsen’s House.  Saturday July 23rd at 3:00 PM.  Her address will be sent to all members.   Bring a side dish to pass – Betsy will supply the hamburger.
    2.  How are your bees?
  5. Discussion
    1.  Honey!!!!  Harvest, bottling, yield….
    2. Heading into Fall:  How to prepare
  6. For the good of the cause

 

 

 

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Meeting Agenda Tuesday May 17, 2016

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Meeting Agenda Tuesday May 17, 2016
1. President’s Report

2. Treasurer’s Report

3. Secretary’s Report/ Roster updates – Betsy Larsen will read minutes from April’s meeting. Thanks, Betsy!

4. Old Business

A. How are your bees?

1. Queen Losses

B. Junior Beekeeping program – How are the new keepers?

Program – Speaker Mary Johnson of Knox County will speak on Pollination habitat.  All that want to can meet at the Maple City Cafe at 5:45 for supper.

A. Bill McDonald – Register for Driftwatch

6. New Business

7. For the good of the Cause

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Meeting Agenda for Tuesday April 19, 2016

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Meeting Agenda Tuesday April 19, 2016
1. President’s Report
2. Treasurer’s Report
3. Secretary’s Report/ Roster updates – Diane’s not here today! Betsy Larsen is taking notes. Thanks,
Betsy!
4. Old Business

A. Bee Distribution – How did it go?

1. Queen Losses

B. Junior Beekeeping program – How are the new keepers?

C. Outreach to new potential bee keepers

5. Program – Demonstrations and Ask a Beekeeper

A. Bill McDonald – Register for Driftwatch

B. Ask a Beekeeper –

6. New Business
7. For the good of the Cause

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Meeting Minutes March 15, 2016

Meeting MinutesWestern IL Beekeepers Meeting

Minutes March 15, 2016

WIBA Executive Board Meeting   

The Board approved an expenditure of $54 to put an ad in the Penny Saver for one week.  The PS covers Warren, Knox and Henderson Counties.  We hope to encourage folks to join us and also we will indicate we have bees for sale.  We need the revenue to cover the bee order and Ron’s travel expenses.   Nonmembers will have to join WIB to get bees.

Donny Darnell donated a box of 50 frames to help our junior beekeepers.   Thanks, Donny!  And thank to Herb Crompton for refurbishing the hives for the juniors.  They look great!

Ed Melvin will talk to Sean Pence and try to get him to do a program about increasing pollination habitat in May.

Full Board Meeting

Because of TERRIBLE weather, we didn’t have a lot of folks at the meeting, but those in attendance soldiered on! President Ron discussed the new bee packages coming in.  We hear they are a week late, but we will know more as we get closer to April.  We still have a lot of packages left and we need to sell them so we can break even.

Treasurer’s Report – Our current balance is $6,675.09

Secretary’s report – Diane is still working on updates

We discussed the Junior Beekeepers program.  Ann Knowles will be choosing the participants.  The young keepers will be expected to keep record books to track their projects.  Students will also be expected to come to one of our meetings to share their experience with us.  Students are welcome to come to any meeting – we are all glad to help them learn more about bees.

We then had an open discussion about bees and bee keeping.  Bob Frey gave a demonstration on how to put the packaged bees into a hive.

We continued the discussion started last month about mites.   Hives need to be treated 3 to 4 times during the summer.  Start to treat very soon, as soon as the queens start to lay drone cells.  Mites Away Quick Strips (formic acid) are a good product and they don’t harm the honey. Oxalic Acid is now legal in the US, but it can’t be used when honey is drawn. Use it in early spring or after honey has been harvested.  Keep track of your mite count.

If you have not started to rotate your hive bodies, start now.  It is one way to try to prevent swarming by making sure the queen has enough room to lay.  Dr. Tom Seely has information about how to attract swarms. Check the internet.

We discussed feeding our bees.  Feed 1:1 sugar water now.  The bees love the lemon grass extract added. You can buy lemon grass from many grocery stores.  Make a tea from it and add some to your syrup.    A top feeder is a good investment; they can be purchased from Dadant’s.  They can also be used as open feeders.   If you do that be sure to keep the open feeder AWAY from your hives so as not to attract robbers.

We discussed honey production.  About 60 lbs. of honey per year is about average.

As the storm subsided, Diane motioned to adjourn; Donny seconded and we adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

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Packed Bees Pickup – Monday April 11th

Our bees are eager to get to their new hives! 

 

Ron got word today that the bees are ready!  He is leaving tomorrow evening for Georgia and will pick up the bees over the weekend.  Bees will be ready for pickup on:

 

Monday, April 11

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Dexter Farm Equipment

800 Access Road A., Monmouth, IL (just off 34)

 

 

We still have at least 20 packages of bees for sale, along with some queens.  Contact Mike Kraynak kraynak.mike@gmail.com to reserve additional packages or queens.

 

The situation remains fluid – Check email & website for changes.

 

Let the games begin!!!

 

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Meeting Agenda Tuesday March 15, 2016

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Meeting Agenda Tuesday March 15, 2016

Location:

Farm Bureau Building
1000 North Main Street
Monmouth, IL 61462


1. President’s Report
2. Treasurer’s Report
3. Secretary’s Report/ Roster updates
4. Old Business

A. Bee packages

B. Mentors for new and/or newer bee keepers

C. Outreach to new potential bee keepers

5. Program – Demonstrations and Ask a Beekeeper

A. Bob Frey – How to put packaged bees in your hive

B. Bill McDonald – Register for Driftwatch

C. Ask a Beekeeper –

6. New Business
7. For the good of the Cause

 

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Meeting Minutes February 15, 2016

Meeting MinutesWestern IL Beekeepers Meeting

Minutes February 15, 2016

 

WIBA Executive Board Meeting   Past President Ed said he had been at a program about pollination given by Sean Pence from the US Soil and Water Conservation Agency.  It was an excellent program and we agreed that Ed should ask Sean to do a program for our group in May.

Full Board Meeting   President Ron Welcomed all and introduced Bee Inspector Susan Kivikko.  He mentioned that we still had bees for sale; see Treasurer Mike to purchase a package.

Treasurer’s Report – Our current balance is $4,297.09.   Ed still has several packages of bees available.

Secretary’s Report – Please notify Diane if you have any changes in your contact information.  She will wait a while longer to get an updated roster out to the membership.  If you know any new members, please remind them about the upcoming meetings in case Diane hasn’t updated her roster and they don’t get an email.

We discussed our junior beekeeping program and how we should decide to distribute the packages.  One package is going to Lily to replace the hive she lost last year and we will have three new hives to give away.  Several suggestions were offered and we decided to work through the high schools that have 4-H or FFA programs.   West Prairie High School is one such example.  Bill Murdoch suggested that we have student’s write an essay to tell us why they want bees and submit it to the teacher or faculty advisor.  Anne Knowles is a current member and is an FFA teacher at West Prairie.  We will work with her to distribute the hives.  We also discussed if any of our members had equipment that we could donate to the junior keepers.  We will discuss this again in March.

Bee Inspector Susan Kivikko gave an excellent program.  Her talk centered on bee health.  She warned us to examine our packages as they came in to see if they are diseased or if the already have mites.  Nosema remains a problem for beekeepers and European Foulbrood is also a big problem.   She believes that too many keepers are treating preventatively and that lowers the effectiveness of treatment.   We discussed the effect that pesticides used in the fields have on bees. Bees bring in the contaminated pollen and can kill the hive.  She said that Monsanto is working on the problem, but we need to be vigilant about knowing the signs of bee poisoning and reporting bee kills caused by crop dusting and other pesticide applications like spring burns which send poison into the air.

She urged us to do a mite count every 21 to 30 days and keep on top of treatment.  Keepers need to learn how to count mites – some keepers use powdered sugar; others use alcohol to kill some bees and then do a count that way.  Susan was pleased to discover that most our members treat for mites.  There are some natural ways to prevent an infestation like disrupting the brood cycle or putting in foundation for drones to keep the mites away from worker larvae.  (Mites like drones better!)  Keep a chart of mite treatments.  You can find supplies like a vaporizer and treatments at several bee supply companies.  There is also a new bee supply store that will be opening in Princeton, IL.

Randy Oliver’s website, scientificbeekeeping.com has good information and many videos that are helpful.  There is also an app called “bee health” that you can download to help identify various bee problems. Diseases like Nosema require that the affected frames be burned.  To prevent wax moths, frames should be put in the freezer overnight.

Susan also gave us some suggestions regarding nutrition.  A good supplemental feed is:  2 parts water, 1 part sugar.  For every quart of mixture, add 3-5 drops lemon juice, and a drop or two of lemongrass extract and mint extract.  Lemongrass, Hyssop, Anise, mint and other wild flowers and herbs provide nutrition for bees.  The lack of genetic diversity is another problem for bees.  In many places, feral bees have all but disappeared.  We are lucky in this area to have feral bees and the flowers we plant and the water we provide our own bees also benefit the wild bees.  Thank you, Susan for a VERY GREAT program!

Becky Larson moved to adjourn; Donny Darnell seconded.  Meeting adjourned at 8:10.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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February 2016 Meeting Agenda – Remember MONDAY February 15

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Meeting Agenda MONDAY February 15

  1. President’s Report
  2. Treasurer’s Report
  3. Secretary’s Report/ Roster updates
  4. Old Business
    1. Bee packages
    2. Mentors for new and/or newer bee keepers
    3. Outreach to new potential bee keepers
  5. Speaker –  Bee Inspector  Susan Kivikko
  6. New Business
  7. For the good of the Cause
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