June 2017 Minutes
The Northern Neck Beekeepers Club met on June 12th at 7pm, St Stephen's Church in Heathsville Va. President John Elkin opened the meeting. June minutes and treasurer reports were reviewed and accepted by the membership.
*Boots and Barbecue will be on 9/24/17. Dave Holt will take charge of putting a booth together for the event.
*Oyster and Wine Festival at Stratford Hall is on 9/16 and 9/17. A sheet was passed around for volunteers.
*Lynn has the club's extractor and John Elkin has one too.
Mike Bryant is the president and he represents all agriculture. Bill Latnie (supporter of the Farm Bureau) brought up how the farm bureau supports the bee industry. Pollination is important to their agriculture.
* Lynn Callas left a few applications for membership. It cost forty dollars for family membership.
*John Oliver explained an incident he had with a farmer spraying 150 yards from his hives. When he asked the farmer what he is spraying the farmer told him fertilizer but John was concerned about the winds that day. The farmer did not care. Bill Latnie explained that the farmer should have not been so rude. He also explained the fertilizer they put down will not harm the bees.
*Beekeepers need to know when the farmers spray insecticide.
*Mike Church said there is software program coming out soon called "Drift Watch". Farmers and beekeepers can put in where they are located. Beekeepers can find out what farmers are near them.
*John Oliver explained that the two problems they have in the Northern Neck with the bees are mites and starvation for bees. Spring is the only time there is food for bees. In addition to addressing mites, we usually have to provide sugar water during times of no nectar, often until the next spring. Mike Bryant suggested that maybe it would help if producers planted clover around the edges of wooded areas. He also asked what summer time plants are good for the area. Suggested was white/yellow sweet clover mix around a fifteen-foot wood edge to plant the clover.
*Mike Church asked if the farmers could spray in the late afternoon.
Nectar flow is pretty much gone. The bees are capping honey at this time. Things are still blooming but not a big nectar flow now.
*Robber bees may be happening. Robbing will get worse.
*If you have small hives start feeding them.
*Bees need water especially on hot days.
* You should be doing a brood inspection. Anything above six mites per three hundred bees you should treat.
*Three things we need to make sure for the winter: ample stores, ample cluster of winter bees, and reduce pest and pesticides.
Meeting adjourned at 8:50pm.
Next meeting will be on July 10th at 7pm. It will be held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA.