Category Archives: Beekeeping Information

Winter Preparations – November 13, 2017

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm bees

November 13, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

Join us for a discussion of how to prepare your bees for winter. Learn some tips for increasing the bees chance of survival.

Bring your questions and stories about successes from past years.

 

Horne Creek Farm Cornshucking Frolic – 10/21/17

SCBA booth at Horne Creek Farm Cornshucking Frolic

Saturday, October 21st 10 am – 5 pm
308 Horne Creek Farm Rd, Pinnacle, NC 27043
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The Surry Beekeepers will have a table at the Cornshucking Frolic again this year. This is a great event and a great chance to educate the public about honey bees and beekeeping. Come join us!

Get on board and join us for the 26th Annual Cornshucking Frolic at Horne Creek Farm on Saturday, October 21 from 10 am – 5pm. Admission fees are as follows: Adults: $8.00, Children 6 – 12: $5.00, & Children 5 & Under: Free. [Payment by cash or check only].

Heritage activities are sure to please the whole family. Surry Beekeepers, quilting, basket weaving, log hewing, blacksmithing, wagon rides, a grist mill demonstration, cooking on a woodstove, plowing, chair caning, cider, apple butter & molasses demonstrations, display of quilts, antique farm equipment, seven bands playing Traditional ,Bluegrass, & Gospel music, plus much more!. Food available throughout the day for a nominal fee: Chicken Stew, BBQ, Ham Biscuits, Pintos & Cornbread, Fried Pies, Sonkers, Ice Cream, and Beverages. Finish off by shopping at the HCF country store and with our vendors. No pets (other than service animals) allowed. No alcoholic beverages allowed. Canceled in the event of heavy rain.

Protective Measures of Beehives During Hurricanes

Hi everyone,

With uncertain track of hurricane Irma, there are some important considerations for beekeepers who may be affected by the heavy rain and winds. Please further disseminate to your local network of beekeepers.

First, make sure hive equipment is secured to resist strong winds. A simple brick on the top lid is likely to be insufficient to keep the lid from flying off in winds above 50 mph. A lidless hive can cause problems for the bees by introducing moisture and letting heat escape. Strapping the lid down with ratchet straps or securing with duct tape might be in order, particularly for outlying yards. The same is true for hive boxes, particularly if they are relatively new (i.e., the bees have not yet propolized them together sufficiently). Also consider removing unnecessary boxes (e.g., top-hive feeders) to minimize the wind profile.

Second, be sure to have the hives on sturdy stands or level ground. Entire beehives can be blown over by strong winds, particularly when they are fairly tall with many honey supers or are otherwise top heavy. If the hives are on tall or insecure stands, you can move them onto (dry) level ground temporarily to lessen the chances that they topple. Importantly, if you’re using solid bottom boards, be sure to have your hives tilting forward so that rain water does not pool and collect on the floor of the hive.

Third, beware of falling trees and tree limbs. These can be particularly problematic for beehives since they can completely crush all equipment and kill the entire colony. It is also hard to prevent with some sort of barrier or cover because of the sheer weight of many trees, so if you apiary is in a wooded location you may need to move the hives temporarily.

Fourth, make sure the hives are not in low-lying areas or those prone to flooding. River banks can be useful apiary locations because of their proximity to fresh water, but in flooding conditions entire apiaries can be tragically swept away. Be sure to move any beehives in flood plains until the waters have subsided. Beehives on the ground but in recessed areas can cause water to flood the entrances and may even suffocate the bees if not given an upper entrance.

Finally, following heavy rains like hurricanes, various local and state agencies have traditionally sprayed regions with stagnant water to control mosquito outbreaks. While important for public health, such insecticides can be extremely problematic for honey bees. If you are registered through the NCDA&CS, you will be contacted directly if your beehives are in an area schedule to be sprayed. If you are not registered, however, the state has no means to notify you and your bees may be at risk to insecticide exposure. Please consult the Agricultural Chemical manual for information and advice about how to mitigate exposure to pesticides.

Hope your bees stay safe and dry! Sincerely, David

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David R. Tarpy
Professor and Extension Apiculturist
Department of Entomology, Campus Box 7613
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7613
TEL: (919) 515-1660
FAX: (919) 515-7746
LAB: (919) 513-7702
WEB: http://entomology.ces.ncsu.edu/profile/david-tarpy/
EMAIL: david_tarpy@ncsu.edu
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Honey Extracting Workshop – September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

Join us for a demonstration of various ways to process honey from your bees. We’ll have a 4 frame honey extractor and other tools available for you to try out and learn more about.

If you have honey that needs to be extracted, bring your frames and jars and let the group help you out.

Also, don’t forget that the club has it’s own extractor that was donated by Blue Ridge Bee Supply that you can borrow. [ details here ]

 

Celebrating Agriculture – September 9, 2017

Date:  Saturday, September 9th
Time:  2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Fisher River Park, 251 County Home Rd, Dobson, NC 27017

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Surry County Beekeepers will have a display table at Celebrating Agriculture again this year. We will be meeting the public and talking bees. If you have honey to sell, this is a good venue. Come out and support us.

Learn more about this event at the extension website: Celebrating Agriculture Event

Fall Field Day – August 19, 2017

It’s National Honey Bee Day — Come celebrate with us!

Saturday, August 19th
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Albert Cockerham’s bee yard, 504 Arlington Street,
Mount Airy, NC 27030 [ map ]

In addition to learning how to do a hive inspection for this time of year, there will also be demonstrations of Oxalic Acid Vaporization and the use of the “Mighty Mite Killer” product from the Bee Hive Thermal Industries that Lynn Williams presented on at the May meeting.

Bring protective clothing and your smoker if you want help learning to light it and keep it going.

This is a chance for new beekeepers to get your hands in a hive, to ask experienced beekeepers questions about what you are seeing (or not seeing) and to gain some confidence working with bees. Mentors who will come to you are in short supply so please take advantage of this opportunity to get hands on help with the bees. This is also a great chance to get to know other beekeepers and for them to get to know you so when you have questions, you’ll have people you can call.

Shop Towel Oxalic Acid Treatment

You may have heard about a new delivery method for Oxalic Acid using a shop towel.  You can read about it in this report from Randy Oliver of ScientificBeekeeping.com. [ Read report here ]  Or watch the video that walks you through the process of making the Oxalic Acid towel treatment
[ Watch here ]

This new method for Oxalic Acid delivery is showing great results but before you hop on the bandwagon, please read this warning from NC Apiary Inspector Greg Fariss regarding using this treatment.

Everyone please remember that oxalic acid and glycerin on shop towels is not an approved (legal) method to control Varroa mites in your bee colonies. As far as I know, the formulations you can find here and there online are tested by individuals, often on very few hives – sometimes as few as 1 or 2 during one season. Efforts like this in the past have often resulted in poor/no mite control or dead colonies from overdosing. As we all know, a lot of the stuff you see online is often advanced by people who have little experimental experience and often poor experimental design. Following those formulations makes your bees part of those weak experiments.  My suggestion is to wait for controlled studies run by recognizable research folks so you’re sure you can get good mite control and not brood, queen, or colony damage.

Summer Picnic – August 5, 2017

Date:  Saturday, August 5th
Time:  1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, picnic from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: 251 County Home Rd, Dobson, NC 27017
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Join us at the Fireplace Pavilion at Fisher River Park in Dobson for our annual picnic. We have the Fireplace Pavilion booked from 1 pm to 8 pm if anyone wants to come enjoy the park early. The picnic is 5 pm to 8 pm. The club buys the meat, you’ll need to bring a dish to pass and a 2 liter bottle of something to drink.

We’ve booked the pavilion for the day instead of a few hours so we’ll have more time to visit.

Please RSVP to Eugene at: (336) 648-7659 so we know how much meat to buy. Also, Eugene can recommend a dish to pass based on what others have committed to bring.

What to Expect at the NCSBA Summer Conference – July 10, 2017

July 10, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

The state conference is later this week in Winston-Salem and there’s lots of reasons to attend. Come find out what you can expect.

Read more about the conference: [ NCSBA Summer Conference ]

NCSBA Summer Conference and Centennial Celebration – July 13-15, 2017

Celebrating 100 Years – Educating for the Next 100! July 13th, 14th & 15th
Embassy Suites Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Featured Speakers:

Jon Zawislak
Jon is the apiculture specialist for the University of Arkansas with a strong background in entomology and botany. Extension and beekeeping education are some of his major interests.

Dr. James Wilson
Dr. Wilson is the new faculty apiculturist at Virginia Tech. With an undergraduate degree from NCSU and a PhD from VT, Dr. Wilson has plenty of beekeeping information to share.

Katy C. Evans
Katy was the 2015 recipient of the EAS Foundation for Honey Bee Research Award. This award made possible the research with Dr. Debbie Delaney at the U of Delaware that led to her Master’s Thesis. Katy now works with one of Dr. Tarpy’s former postdocs, Dr. Margarita Lopez-Uribe at Penn State University.

Dr. David Tarpy
Professor and Extension Apiculturist, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, NCSU.

Schedule and Registration Information: https://www.ncbeekeepers.org/education/statewide-conferences/ncsbA-2017-summer-conference

Thursday, July 13, 2017, “Before the Conference Begins”

Master Beekeeper Related Events
10 am We will  present a refresher for “Journeyman and Beyond” 2 hours of preparing to test for Journeyman and Masters exams

Written test for the Certified, Journeyman, and Masters will be given on Friday from 1 pm to 4 pm. NO TEST ISSUED AFTER 2PM and again Saturday from 9am till noon.  NO TEST ISSUED AFTER 10AM.  Bring your own pencil.  NO BOOKS, PHONES OR PAPERS ALLOWED IN THE TESTING AREA.

Please preregister for the testing time you would like and indicate your NCSBA member number and test level to mbp@ncbeekeepers.org

Not taking the exam but have questions?

Also at 10 am on Thursday, “What you always wanted to know”, Questions & Answer, all about Beekeeping, Ask the “EXPERTS” Moderators will be Master Beekeepers, Diana Almond and Randall Austin along with State Inspector and Master Beekeeper Lewis Cauble and State Inspector and EAS Master Beekeeper Greg Fariss.