September 18, 2018

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 Registration is Now Open

Please visit the Annual Meeting Page to register online. … [Read more...]

Get Ready for the Mite-A-Thon!

The second annual Mite-A-Thon will take place Saturday, September 8 to Saturday, September 15, 2018 and we invite you to participate! SPREAD THE WORD - Local beekeeping clubs and associations are key to making the Mite-A-Thon a success! The Mite-A-Thon is a national effort to collect mite infestation data and to visualize Varroa infestations in honey bee colonies across North America within … [Read more...]

Beekeepers Needed for Research

Are you a small- or medium-scale beekeeper in Maine? The University of Maine and College of the Atlantic are seeking interested small-scale (<30 colonies) and medium-scale (30-300 colonies) beekeepers involved in the sale of honey to participate in a 60-90 minute interview at a location of your choosing about your experiences in beekeeping and challenges you currently face. These … [Read more...]

Beekeeper’s Calendar: August

The colony is now just past its peak population and starting to raise larva that are destined to become winter bees. As the population of bees decreases in preparation for winter, it is important to keep an eye on mite levels which will continue increasing. Sample colonies for varroa mites using sugar or alcohol roll and if Varroa are detected above threshold, apply mite treatments. Make … [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...]

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...]

Call for Officer and Director Nominations

Each year the MSBA President appoints a Nominating Committee prior to the annual meeting, as specified in the bylaws. The duty of this committee is to find the best candidate for each office. The committee will present their nominations, and the members present at the annual meeting will have the opportunity to present additional nominations from the floor. Votes taken by ballot at the meeting … [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 50F).  If weather permits, sample … [Read more...]

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 substitute to … [Read more...]