August 10, 2015
President Brad Keck called the General Meeting to order at the Washington County Agricultural Extension Office. 54 were in attendance.
Brad thanked David Cheat and Kelly Edwards for providing food and drinks.
Brad announced that Winfridus Bakker is hosting a blind honey tasting tonight at the back of the hall. There will be four samples to taste and rate by preference. Results to be revealed at the end of the meeting.
Brad asked three questions:
1. Who harvested honey this year?
2. Who got the amount they wanted?
3. Who got what they deserved?
Brad went on to give the opening presentation entitled “How To Get More Honey”.
Some of the standout ideas were to “Change Your Location”. The idea being, that you can either change the actual location where your hives are placed by moving them or you can change the properties of their location by providing different conditions such as nectar/pollen sources and water availability. Feeding the bees and providing them with lots of space and as much drawn comb as possible, were also reviewed as key elements of a productive honey harvest. The Arkansas Wild Flower Program was discussed as a source for seeds to enhance our local environment. Use of a Boardman feeder filled with water during hot periods was also suggested. This will cut down on energy spent providing cooling water to the hive.
Brad introduced Winfridus Bakker as our guest speaker. Mr. Bakker gave a very informative presentation on “Mite Control” in his bee yard and provided insight into scientific method and how to apply it to mite control. Mr. Bakker had charted in detail the increasing and decreasing mite load in his hives on a monthly basis. His treatment is based upon the monthly load count. Formic acid is his treatment of choice. He detailed its usage and some precautions. We thank Mr. Bakker for his informative presentation.
Mr. Bakker shared the results of the honey tasting.
The honey tasted was:
Local NWA honey
Maryland Tulip Poplar honey
In order of preference, the results were as follows:
______________? Tulip Poplar tied with Manuka then NWA Local
Thank you Mr. Bakker for the opportunity to taste some very unique honeys!!!
Our next meeting with be held on September 14, 2015
The meeting was adjourned.