December 20, 2014

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...]

2010 Apiary Program Summary

State Apiarist Tony Jadczak shares his report of Maine apiaries for 2 010.

In 2010, 621 Maine beekeepers registered 6,975 hives. The registration numbers reflect an increase of approximately 150 hobby beekeepers since 2008. There are more than 1,000 beekeepers with 8,000+ hives estimated in Maine. The estimate is based upon the number of beekeepers who attend beekeeping workshops, the number of individuals enrolled in beekeeping short courses and the current membership … [Read more...]