August 22, 2014

September 2012 – Beekeepers Calendar

Open Hive Summer 2012

→ Register for the Maine Beekeepers Annual Meeting and Conference taking place on Saturday, October 13, 2012 → 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 treatments after the … [Read more...]

HopGuard Recieves Section 18 Emergency Exemption in Maine

Hopguard

Maine State Apiarist Tony Jadczak reports that he received word of EPA approval today for a "Section 18 Emergency Exemption" in Maine for the use of HopGuard. He notes that only 3 applications are allowed for the remainder of 2012, not 6 per the following paragraph. Section 18 of Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizes EPA to allow an unregistered use of a … [Read more...]

August 2012 – The Beekeepers Calendar

J. Hildreth - President of the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association with a spectacular frame of honey

→ Harvest honey the 1st week of August if not done in July. → Super hives during goldenrod bloom if needed. → If summer honey was not harvested, top super for goldenrod/fall honey flow. → Unite weak hives and position brood and honey stores in anticipation of winter. → Attend EAS (Eastern Apiculture Society) Conference in Burlington, … [Read more...]

July 2012 – The Beekeepers Calendar

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→ Add supers as needed. → Remove entrance reducers. → Harvest honey at the end of July or when the honey flow slows. → Place an empty super on hives that have honey in the 2nd brood chamber or above a queen excluder (inner cover) on hives that have mostly brood in both brood chambers. → Colonies with excessive brood and large adult bee populations … [Read more...]

June 2012 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Bee-Friendly Garden (Seen in London)

→ Remove mite treatments and antibiotics (see labels). → Add supers to hives as needed. → Manage for swarm prevention via equalizing hives, making splits/ nucs or Demaree method. → This is the time of year to register your bee hives with our state apiarist. → Sign up for the Cumberland County Beekeepers "How to Make Summer Nucs – Hands-on Workshop" on … [Read more...]

May 2012 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Honey Bees Coming in for a Landing

Inspect the brood pattern at the beginning of dandelion bloom. Check the queen’s performance, symptoms of brood disease and Varroa. Reverse brood chambers if bees are in the upper box only. Apply mite treatments and requeen failing queens if necessary. Divide and requeen colonies at fruit bloom via multiple frame splits or colony divides to recoup winter loss, increase apiary size and … [Read more...]

April 2012 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Installing a Package of Bees in Maine

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 (mid-late April) in the drone brood. If you medicate hives … [Read more...]

March 2012- The Beekeepers Calendar

Pallen Patty

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 honey stores, they will go through stores much more rapidly as they engage in brood rearing. If you … [Read more...]

January 2012 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Bee Hives in Snow - Maine

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...]