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Beginning Beekeeping School, February 20, 2016

To reserve your spot in the upcoming Beginning Beekeeping School, please submit this Beginning Beekeeping Class Application 2016 by February 12th, 2016. (The application downloads from here and from the Bee School tab above.)

This one day class will teach you the basics of beekeeping to get you started on a successful first year. You will also learn about the resources available to beekeepers in Haywood County.

Beekeeping School and Upcoming Events

The 2016 Haywood County Beginner’s Beekeeping Short Course sponsored by the
Haywood County Beekeepers Club and the NC Cooperative Extension Service will be held Saturday, February 20th, 2016. The day long class will be held at the County Extension Center with a field day to follow later in the spring. Please call the Extension Office (828 456-3575) with questions and to register.

At our next meeting, KT Orchards will be taking orders for Bee Packages and Nukes for this next bee season. Be sure to get bees for next season by putting in your order as early as possible.

The North Carolina State Beekeepers Association Spring Meeting is close by this year. It will be February 25-27 in New Bern, NC. Visit the NCSBA website for more information.

Our Next Two Meetings

Our next club meeting will be on Thursday, November 5th instead of our usual first Tuesday of the month. At the meeting, club President Allen Blanton and NC Bee Inspector Lewis Cauble will hold an open forum about beekeeping. Come prepared with questions for these master beekeepers. Also, elections for club president and two board members will be held at the November meeting.

The December club meeting will be a banquet with the club providing barbecue and members bringing side dishes and desserts. Please see club member Jon Serenius at the November meeting to sign up for the banquet or email him that you are coming and what you hope to bring. At the banquet we will also hold our annual cake walk fund raiser for the club. Members are asked to bring a special cake to donate for the auction.

Important: Bees and Hurricanes

Hi everyone,

With uncertain track of hurricane Joaquin, there are some important considerations for beekeepers who may be affected by the heavy rain and winds. Please further disseminate to your local network of beekeepers.

First, make sure hive equipment is secured to resist strong winds. A simple brick on the top lid is likely to be insufficient to keep the lid from flying off in winds above 50 mph. A lidless hive can cause problems for the bees by introducing moisture and letting heat escape. Strapping the lid down or securing with duct tape might be in order, particularly for outlying yards. The same is true for hive boxes, particularly if they are relatively new (i.e., the bees have not yet propolized them together sufficiently).

Second, be sure to have the hives on sturdy stands or level ground. Entire beehives can be blown over by strong winds, particularly when they are fairly tall with many ho ney supers or are otherwise top heavy. If the hives are on tall or insecure stands, you can move them onto (dry) level ground temporarily to lessen the chances that they topple.

Third, make sure the hives are not in low-lying areas or those prone to flooding. River banks can be useful apiary locations because of their proximity to fresh water, but in flooding conditions entire apiaries can be tragically swept away. Be sure to move any beehives in flood plains until the waters have subsided. Beehives on the ground but in recessed areas can cause water to flood the entrances and may even suffocate the bees if not given an upper entrance.

Finally, following heavy rains like hurricanes, various local and state agencies have traditionally sprayed regions with stagnant water to control mosquito outbreaks. Such insecticides can be extremely problematic for honey bees. If you are registered through the NCDA&CS, you will be contacted directly if your beehives are in an area schedule to be sprayed. If you are not registered, however, the state has no means to notify you and your bees may be at risk to insecticide exposure. Please consult the Agricultural Chemical manual for information and advice about how to mitigate exposure to pesticides.

Hope your bees stay safe and dry!
Sincerely, Dr. David Tarpy, NCSU Apiculturist

A Sad Note

Recently, on Thursday September 10th, Robert Allen Blanton passed away. He was the father of our club President, Allen Blanton. The obituary can be accessed at http://themountaineer.villagesoup.com/p/robert-blanton/1410188. The paper mentions that memorials can be sent to the family to help with their expenses from his illness and his passing. The club is sending a sympathy card on our behalf, but if you would like to send something along to show your support for Allen’s family, please send it to the club PO Box 1391, Clyde, NC 28721. We know that you appreciate all that Allen does for us, and he gives of himself tirelessly to help so many new beekeepers grow in their confidence and knowledge. We should remember that now in this, his hour of need.