Dog Days of Summer aka Dearth

August normally is a hot and dry month with “Dog Days” plaguing us most of the time. There will be little for the bees to work unless they find plants blooming in the woods and creek bottoms where some moisture and shade keeps some blossoms going. Bitter Weeds will become very noticeable in the fields … Read more

Learning from Experience: The Beginning of a Big Problem

If you’ve attended the last two general meetings, you’ve probably noticed the repetition of a theme: test your hives for varroa, treat your hives for varroa, record your varroa numbers, continually monitor for varroa. I would put money on a bet that a decent percentage of beekeepers, despite hearing this message over and over, are … Read more

Varroa Sugar Shake Instruction

August 2018 General Meeting demonstration steps and calculations for the non-lethal sugar shake varroa test by Candi Pardue. “The importance of testing and treatment cannot be understated. Varroa mite infestation represents one of the greatest threats to honey bee health, honey production, and pollination services. When honey bee colonies are untreated or treated ineffectively colonies can fail … Read more