Archive for July, 2012
Member, Dan D. found this handy-dandy website (see link below) and it may be of interest to you if you need to convert a honey measurement into another form. Let’s say you need to calculate how much a quart of honey weighs in ounces… you can do that here. Do you need to know how many mornings you can put one tablespoon of honey into your tea if you only have 1 pint? If your customers know that 1 pint will only last them 38 days, you can definitely sell them a larger jar of honey. Metric? No problem. This website also lists nutritional facts for honey, which could be helpful to put on your lable or to have available if a customer asks. Educate your customers so they will know that honey is wonderfully nutritious. Check it out. Knowledge is money… honey.
The CVBA has two members going into competition. One is participating in the Summer Olympics, and the other has been nominated for GA Beekeeper of the Year. They are two totally different challenges, and are both noteworthy.
The first to happen is the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London, England. Our very own Jason Parker will be competing in the men’s 50m rifle shooting competition. Yes, our fellow beekeeper is one of the best shooters in the world and is slated to win gold. Jason’s competitive career already has quite a few accomplishments such as:
- Has three career Pan American Games gold medals and 10 national championships to his name.
- Shooting in a fourth-straight Olympic Games in men’s 50m rifle 3 positions.
- Won bronze (rifle prone) and gold (rifle 3 positions) medals at 2011 Pan American Games
He was the final athlete to qualify for the 20 member U.S. shooting team and he became the seventh U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shooter to qualify for the Olympics, meaning over one-third of Team USA’s shooters in London will come from the prestigious USAMU. But only one will come from the Chattahoochee Valley. We are very proud to have Jason in our ranks, and all will be rooting for him. The shooting events are scheduled from Saturday 7/28 through Monday 8/6. Good Luck Jason, we’ll be watching and listening for the latest buzz coming from London!
Betty Beegle, one of our founding members, has been nominated for the title of Georgia Beekeeper of the Year. What an honor! This title is bestowed by the Georgia Beekeepers Association, and is a very coveted award. At our last meeting, Betty was voted our nominee from the entire Chattahoochee Valley Region, and on September 9th, 2012, the GA Beekeepers Association will announce their choice as winner at their meeting in McDonough, GA. Our CVBA annual picnic was postponed one week because of this event. Betty hosts our picnic every year at her farm and sells under the label of “If and When” Honey. She has brought numerous members into our club, including her son Freddy, and has given talks at schools to promote awareness and understanding of the honey bee. We all know that Betty is one of our most knowledgeable members who has mentored, taught, helped, encouraged and advised to our great benefit. In our minds, she has already won… so let’s celebrate on September 16th at the Beegle Farm!
I was wondering, can the air temperature / heat index get too hot for bees? They do have several tactics to combat the heat, but as with anything else, it can get too hot to survive. You may notice that bees will congregate in the opening of the hive and fan their wings. This is one of their tactics to create air flow and cool the hive. Some beekeepers will put something like a small stick or popsicle stick under the lid to create a vent for heat to escape out the top. ( Not under the inner cover, but under the outer cover, and not a big stick because the bees still need to be able to defend the opening.) Another thing the bees do is called “bearding” and that is when masses of bees cling to the outside of the hive in such large quantities that it actually looks like a beard. I guess that is the equivalent to sitting on the porch for humans. Bees also bring water into the hive, more so in hot weather, and many beekeepers have water available close by in a birdbath or something similar where the bees can get the water but not drown. Here in the Chattahoochee Valley, we have a warm climate, and many will take this heat index into consideration when they place their hives. Afternoon shade, or partial shade can make a huge difference in temperature inside the hive. I have located most of my hives near deciduous trees that have high overhanging branches. That means they are partially shaded in the summer and not in the winter because the leaves will fall. I avoid cement when placing a hive. Cement retains and also radiates heat. I’m sure you have seen heat waves coming off of the pavement. So, a hive that is near a cement wall or on a cement slab will be much hotter in the afternoon sun. High grass around the hive can also inhibit air flow. Why are most hives painted white? To reflect heat. So, how much heat can a hive of bees tolerate? As you can see, not only are there a lot of factors to consider like location, water supply and venting (and I’m sure more things I’m forgetting right now)… but also, there is a big difference between tolerating and thriving. My hives have survived through this past week of over 100 degree weather, but I doubt they are thriving. I have read that bees become “stressed” at anything over 98 degrees. I interpret “stressed” as being unproductive. So, you should evaluate your own situation. Do you have water available close by? Are your hives in direct afternoon sun or near cement? If so, you should consider venting in these high temperatures. Cut any high grass that may reduce the air flow. Then, get a tall glass of iced tea, sweetened with honey of course, and sit on the porch.
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SPRING BEEKEEPER 6 WEEK COURSE 2017
To take place on six consecutive Saturdays at OXBOW MEADOWS. Saturday February 25 thru April 1, 2017
3:00PM - 5:00PM on each of those Saturdays - cost is $100 for all sessions or $25 per individual session.
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This is a beekeeping course pack full of information. Bees and Beekeeping equipment are available to purchase but are not included in the price of the educational sessions. Read More HERE
(see below for specifics about our alternating locations)
LOOKING AHEAD-MEETINGS IN 2017:
January 9 - Georgia Extension Service Office
February 13 - Oxbow
March 13 - Ga. Extension Service
April 10 - Oxbow
May 8 - Ga. Extension Service
June 12 - Oxbow
July 10 - Ga. Extension Service
August 14 Oxbow
September 10 - CVBA Picnic at Betty Beegle's Farm
October 9 - Ga. Extension Service
November 13 - Oxbow
December 11 - CVBA Christmas Social at Ga. Extension Office
All dates except the picnic begin at 6PM and end (hopefully) before 8PM.
All of our meetings are on the second Monday of the month, except, of course, September's annual picnic. Now you can put us on your calendar early and plan out your entire year of beekeeping meetings. These meetings alternate locations between Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Rd., Columbus, GA and the UGA Cooperative Extension office - 420 10th Street in Columbus, GA. Time is 6:00 PM
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