September 2013

                                     The Northwest Arkansas Beekeepers Club of Northwest Arkansas
                                                            September 2013 meeting
                                                                 9 September 2013
 
 
President: Tom Nichols
Vice president: Mark Eaton
Treasurer: Nancy kahanak
Secretary: Victor Mathis
 
BEE TRIVIA:  A single bee colony of honey bees can produce more than a 100 pounds of extra honey per year while a single bee only produces 1/12 of ONE TEASPOON during her lifetime. 
 
The November 2013 meeting is a pot luck dinner.  Members are encouraged to bring a dish and enjoy the Thanksgiving Season with all the club will provide the meat and drinks.
 
Tonights presentation{OPENING HIVES-A Perspective} is being presented by Dr. Steinkraus of The University of Arkansas. Dr. SteinKraus teaches an introduction class to bee keeping and an advanced class for under graduate level studies at the University. 
 
Dr. Steinkraus is a professor of Entomology at the University of Arkansas.  He has worked in diary and poultry production and has been on the USDA board for pest Bio-control.  He opened his presentation with an analysis of trachael mite infestation.  Some of his graduate students has experimented with smoke from various roots and wood, as a trachial mite control. 
 
DR Steinkraus's "two cents" for beekeepers:
 
        1.  Try Everything once
        2.  Use 8 Frame medium hives
        3.  You will loose hives...dont get shook
        4.  Dont loose sleep over swarming
        5.  Use IPM principles for pests (
        6.  Protect the planet
        7.  Use 8-frame boxes vice 10 frames
 
Tips:  Observe your bees and watch your bees.
        Get a pollen trap, collect pollen and eat it
        Disect at least one bee
        Taste royal jelly at least one time
        Photograph your bees
        
Dr. Steinkraus went through 9 good reasons to open a hive and 5 good concepts on a procedural basis of what to do and not to do.
He extensively identified a minimally intrusive procedure for inspection and management.based on the fact that an accurate threshold for the use of chemical compounds are not known.
 
Dr. Steinkraus stressed throughout his presentation a non-chemical procedure for controlling pests.
 
During the question and answer period Dr. Steinkraus entertained questions rangeing from hygenic v. chemical compound uses in the hive to control mites to the common sense approach to handling all parasites.
 
The State Plant board contacted the club and has asked if any bee keeper would like an inspection of hives, he is free to do that for some weeks and club members are asked to sign up for an inspection.
 
Good Luck...keep BUZZING.  See you in October.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
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