Northern Nevada Beekeepers AssociationMonthly Meeting Notes9-9-2013
The meeting was called to order at 6:05 pm. CLUB NEWS Board Meeting Report: A board meeting was held 9-5-13 !
Monthly meeting minutes will be emailed to members.
Swarm list update. Corrections have been made and uploaded to the website.
Newsletter will be back online soon, Newsletter may be redesigned.
Funds in reserve are in excess. Propose a program to give back to the
community in the form of sponsoring a youth for a
As of last month there are some changes in the status of web master.
introduced Jenny who has volunteered to take the job of web site
Sat 9-26-13 from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Bowers Mansion at the south pavilion.
There is a signup sheet for the potluck. Insurance for the picnic is still being investigated. The Yerington beekeepers are invited to attend.
Club Extractor is available for use. Leonard is to be contacted for use. Pam suggested that the availability of the extractor be put on the website.
Bill has some copies of articles and Bee Culture prescription discount applications.
Chris Foster authored an article published in the Sept issue of ABJ on keeping bees in northern Nevada. CURRENT STATE OF LOCAL HIVES
Several members have already extracted honey. Bill suggests a radial extractor for those looking into purchasing an extractor.
Warming the honey to 120 degrees before bottling will clear the crystals that come off of the frames.
Leonard suggests that if you have a bottler or settling tank (300 lb of honey) it should be strapped to a wall in case of an earthquake. He suggests using the strapping system sold at hardware stores for hot water tanks.
Leonard and Chris suggest using nylon filter cloth for honey coming out of the extractor. Heat tape can be used on extractor tank, Aluminum tape can be used to hold it in place. Heat lamps can also be used. Never leave heat sources unattended.
To clean frames after extraction the supers can be left outside near the hives for the bees to rob and clean the comb. Yellow jackets will also hunt the wax moth larva. These can be left outside from several days to several weeks depending on the number of frames and hives.
The next spring treat the hive for American Foul Brood with terramycin or Tylan. MITE MANAGEMENT Chris Foster presented ideas about treatment. Now is the time to treat. Varroa populations double every month. When the viral load becomes high the colony collapse becomes very likely. The economic threshold for treatment is 2.5 mites per 100 bees. Randy Oliver treats at the level of 1 mite per 100 bees. Hopguard, Apivar (amitraz) have both been approved for use in the state of NV. Formic acid strips can be used, but on a hot day with inadequate ventilation there will be problems . Oxalic acid can be used, not approved. Directions can be found on. It is suggested that beekeeper rotate use of chemicals to avoid mite adaptation to the chemical. A Youtube video was shown "Lifecycle of Honeybee and Varoa Mite". NEXT MONTH'S MEETING Next month's meeting will be on October 7. VIDEO OWNED BY CLUB FOR USE OF MEMEBERS Leonard donated a video to the club for all to borrow, "Organic Beekeeping 101"
The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm.
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