September 23, 2019

Beekeeper’s Calendar: September

The year is starting to wind down. The queen has drastically reduced her egg laying and the hive is making its last foraging push before winter. If weather permits sample colonies for varroa mites one final time mid-September. It is not unusual to have a spike in varroa mite populations during this month as surrounding hives collapse from varroa infestations and mites migrate into your hives … [Read more...]

Annual Meeting Auction Raffle

Raffle tables will once again be featured at the 2019 Annual Meeting on October 12th, with dozens of donated items. Some of last year’s offerings included bee hives and components, tools, an extractor, jewelry, photographic prints, gift certificates, sporting event tickets, and gift baskets, among many other things. Donated items can be given or sent to Josh Botting, President of hosting … [Read more...]

Beekeeper’s Calendar: August

The colony is now just past its peak population and starting to raise brood destined to become winter bees. As the population decreases, it is important to keep an eye on mite levels which will continue increasing. Sample colonies using a sugar roll or alcohol wash and if threshold is exceeded, apply mite treatments. Make sure to follow the label instructions if you have honey supers on the … [Read more...]

Beekeeper’s Calendar: July

Honey bee colonies hit their peak during this month. Add empty honey supers as needed. You can harvest honey when the honey flow slows (usually the end of July) or hold filled supers in a cool, protected location until the fall to evaluate whether the honey is needed for overwintering. Monitor Varroa populations. A mite treatment may be necessary prior to supering for the fall honey flow. … [Read more...]

Beekeepers Calendar: June

It’s time to register your apiaries! Maine’s first honey flows start at the very end of May/early June so add honey supers to hives as needed. Manage for swarm prevention by equalizing hives and making splits/nucs. … [Read more...]

2019 MSBA Annual Meeting

SAVE THE DATE! MSBA’s Annual Meeting & Conference Saturday, October 12th The 2019 Annual Meeting will once again be hosted by the Sagadahoc County Beekeepers Association at Brunswick High School. This year’s event will be in a larger facility with more parking and more ven- dor space. Guest speakers will be Dr. Jamie Ellis and and Dr. Frank Drummond. Professor of Entomolgy at the … [Read more...]

Beekeeper’s Calendar: May

Brood rearing is in full force and populations inside the hive will build up quickly. Most of your time this month will be spent managing for population buildup and swarm prevention. Reverse brood chambers if necessary and inspect the brood pattern. Check the queen’s performance and for symptoms of brood disease. Re-queen any hives with failing or poor performing queens. Divide colonies at … [Read more...]

Beekeeper’s Calendar: April

APRIL Brood production is ramping up this month. A few good pollen and nectar sources will start blooming, but poor weather may hinder the ability of foragers to access it.  Continue monitoring food reserves and feed light syrup (1:1) inside the hive if necessary.  Scrape bottom boards and quickly check the brood pattern on a mild day (calm, sunny, and above … [Read more...]

The Beekeeper’s Calendar: March

Most queens will be laying eggs by the end of March. There will be very little natural forage available so monitoring food reserves is critical. It is not uncommon for a hive to make it through the hardest part of winter only to starve in March. If honey reserves are low, feed candy or dry sugar. Colonies that consume feed should be monitored carefully and fed as needed. Feed pollen … [Read more...]

MSBA at the 2019 Maine Ag Show

For the 44th consecutive year, MSBA was represented at the 2019 Maine Agricultural Trades Show at the Augusta Civic Center on January 15th - 17th, 2019. Organizer Lynn Lamb of Western Maine Beekeepers Association recruited members from around the state to volunteer for a shift. Sponsored by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, the three-day show is held every year in … [Read more...]