Minutes September, 2016

The Northern Neck Beekeepers Club met on September 12th at Stephen’s Church in Heathsville, VA.  President John Olivier called the meeting to order at 7pm.

The August minutes were approved.   Treasurer Dave Holt gave the financial report, which was approved.  See attachment.

 

New Financial business included gratuities for St. Stephen’s Church and Mike Church.  The club voted to give St. Stephen’s Church three hundred dollars and Mike Church five hundred dollars.

 

Education Report:

The Wine and Oyster Festival was held Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th.  Jim and Ted will set up the table Saturday morning and Jim will bring the small observation hive.  It was suggested volunteers where a hat or shirt with beekeepers logo.  Members were asked to sign up to work the booth.  John Olivier will bring the large observation hive on Sunday and Dave Holt will help set up. 

 

Next education item:

September 24th, John Olivier will set up a table at the Burgess Festival.

 

September 25th, Boots and Barbecue from 1pm to 4pm at Sabine Hall.  Dave Holt is heading up that booth.  Members are also asked to volunteer.

 

The question was brought up who was taking care of the Strafford Hall hives while Matt was in California?  This will be looked into. 

 

In the absence of Mike Church’s usual session, club members brought up and discussed the following issues:

Dave Holt related possible European Foulbrood.  Dave also talked about the       use of Apivar for mites. 

 

Benefits of hives in the sun versus shade were discussed. 

Small hive beetles and mites are less of a problem when the hive is in the sun.

 

During dearth season it is better to combine weak hives rather than try to requeen.

 

Mite counts should be done now and should be recorded.

We should be looking for hives with consistently low mite counts and breed from that queen.

 

John Olivier will set a date for a visit to his bee yard for a mite count procedure.

 

Make sure there are adequate stores for the winter.  If not begin feeding 2 to1 in October.

Bees are cutting back on brood now.  They are making their winter brood.

At the end of October when the hive is broodless, it is a good time to treat for mites. 

 

Things to plant now for early spring pollination is crimson clover and buckwheat.

 

Ted Munson had “Keep the Hive Alive”  buttons .

The meeting adjourned at 7:40pm

The next meeting will be held on October 10th at St. Stephen’s Church, Heathsville , VA at 7pm.

 

 

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