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.