July 24, 2014

Agricultural Council of Maine (AGCOM)

MSBA booth at Maine’s 2014 Agricultural Trade Show. Nick Kelley (Western Maine Beekeepers Association) shows a sampling of Maine honey.

by Barbi Ives, Sacopee Valley Beekeepers’ Club president   For over a year, I have been representing the MSBA at AGCOM meetings. AGCOM meets on the last Tuesday of every month of the year except December. The MSBA is one of 19 regular, 13 associate, and 8 ex-officio members of this council. Members include commodity group representatives; investment organizations; universities and … [Read more...]

April 2014 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Spraying a Package of Bees with Sugar Water

  → Monitor food reserves. → Feed medicated (Fumagilin-B) light syrup (1:1) to hives low on stores. → Scrape bottom boards and check the brood pattern on a mild day. → Install package bees April 15th or later and feed light syrup.  Some people medicate with Fumagillin. → Apply mite treatments to wintered colonies if Varroa are detected … [Read more...]

March 2014 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Feeding Bees in Winter

• Have you renewed you Maine State Beekeepers Membership for the year? • Check colony conditions. If honey reserves are low, feed candy or dry sugar. • Colonies that consume feed should be monitored and fed as needed. • Feed protein supplements (pollen substitute) for brood production to hives colonies that you are planning to split. Make sure they have sufficient … [Read more...]

January 2014 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Winter in Maine - photo by Overland Apiaries

There are lots of great things for the Maine Beekeeper to do to keep cabin fever at bay during these snow months. For instance: Assemble and repair beekeeping equipment. Purchase new equipment if necessary. Read beekeeping texts and periodicals. Sign up for a beekeeping course offered by Extension, Adult Education or local beekeeping association. Renew your Maine … [Read more...]

Past-President Extraordinaire – Jacky Hildreth

Cumberland County Chapter Past President Jacky Hildreth

Last night the Cumberland County Chapter of MSBA honored Jacky Hildreth as he completed his 7th year as president of the chapter.  During his tenure, the chapter grew from 35 members to over 230 today.  Jacky has been a generous and tireless leader.  He  teaches beekeeping courses and is a mentor to many beekeepers.  He became a Master Beekeeper last year.  The chapter recognized his rich … [Read more...]

Now, This Is a Swarm!

Now, This Is a Swarm!

by Andrew Dewey When you hear the term “swarm,” what do you think of? A crazed ant mound in the summer time? The Dark Lord’s host emptying out of Mordor? A colony of honey bees that has decided to reproduce? Since we’re beekeepers, we’ll (briefly) explore honeybee swarms — focusing here on what happens when you are confronted with a swarming cloud of bees, and not with how to keep the bees from … [Read more...]

Annual Meeting and Conference Mobile App

Annual Meeting and Conference Mobile App

The Maine State Beekeepers Association has nifty way for you to have the schedule of the Annual Meeting and Conference in your pocket - with a Mobile App. As you have certainly registered by now, this will be a handy tool, for sure. Simply go to this URL on your smartphone (iPhone or Android) and follow the directions. http://my.yapp.us/YEDEUD (requires installing a free app). We … [Read more...]

October 2013 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Leroy Cronkhite Sr. sharing and observation hive at the Farmington Fair

↠ Only a few days left to Register for the Maine State Beekeepers Annual Meeting taking place on Saturday, October 19, 2019 in Portland ↠ Confirmed Speakers include: Dr. Deborah Delaney, Assistant Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware Kirk Webster, Champlain Valley Bees & Queens of Middlebury, Vermont Tony Jadczak, Maine State … [Read more...]

Apples and Honey Recipes For Rosh Hashanah

Apples and Honey Recipes For Rosh Hashanah

  The Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) is celebrated just in time for your Fall honey harvest this year (September 5th and 6th). According to Wikipdia: Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram's horn) and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to evoke a "sweet new year." The Maine Beekeepers would like to wish everyone a sweet year with … [Read more...]

September 2013 – The Beekeepers Calendar

kirk-webster

  → Register for the Maine Beekeepers Annual Meeting and Conference taking place on Saturday, October 19, 2013 → Harvest fall honey crop and remove supers around September 10-20. → Extract ripe honey. → Partially filled supers should be fed back to the bees above the inner cover. → Reduce entrances, apply brood medications and apply mite … [Read more...]