→ 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 should be left with a super full of honey at harvest time.
→ Monitor Varroa populations.
→ A mite treatment may be necessary prior to supering for the fall honey flow or in lieu of fall honey production.
→ Did you register your bee hives with our state apiarist like you were supposed to in June?.
→ Register for EAS (Eastern Apiculture Society) Conference in Burlington, Vermont – August 13-17, 2012.
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This monthly post is adapted from “The Beekeepers Calendar, A Year In The Apiary-Central Maine” by Tony Jadczak, Maine State Apiarist