NCW Beekeepers Meeting
Feb 12, 2017
March 2 Bee Chat, El Agave, 6 p.m.
March 12 Bus/Ed Mtg., PUD Auditorium (last time!), 5 p.m..
March 11, 18 & 25 Apprentice Class, Henry Bldg., Cashmere, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Reports: Treasurer: checking account $2548.70, savings account $1129.43
Mike Radford from Northwest Bee Supply spoke on control of varroa mites. All hives in the Northwest have mites. Oxalic acid is the only control measure to which mites do not become resistant. Vaporization is preferred over other applications (which may harm bees). Basic treatment is 3 treatments 7 days apart, but treatment can be repeated as needed. Supers can be removed before treatment, or a sheet placed between hive body and super, but oxalic acid occurs naturally in plants so a small increase of it in honey may not be important. Treatment in late fall may be most efficient to get mites during brood break. It is possible to treat during the winter, but the temperature must be above 40o, preferably above 50o.
Apprentice class fee was discussed. It was agreed that participants must be members of NCWBA and must pay the $30 fee. The “textbook” is available online free. If there is space available, exceptions to the membership requirement may be made for special individuals interested in the class but not planning on keeping bees.
Ordering bee packages was discussed. Deadline for ordering is March 19, but ordering early is recommended to assure that enough bees are available. It was agreed to add Mike’s 4# packages to the club order along with the 3# packages from Charles. Mike’s price will be $125 and includes guaranteed of live queen for 3-4 days. Bus/Ed meetings starting in April will be at the Douglas County fire station at 377 Eastmont. Members are requested to park in the upper part of the lot and to be sure not to block exit of engines. Mentoring for new beekeepers, planned for the hour preceding regular meetings, may have to be adjusted somewhat to accommodate fireman training.
March educational presentation will be a panel of Al, Craig, Emelika and Jeff O’B. on spring preparation.
WSU has not yet scheduled their summer course. Last year it was on Fathers’ Day weekend.
Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.