September 2018 Meeting Agenda
Date: September 20, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Location: Hardin County Extension Office
Welcome to both members and guests.
NO Guest Speaker
Minutes from last meeting by the Secretary.
- The minutes were emailed and were posted to our website.
Number in attendance last meeting: 20
Financial Report presented by the Treasurer:
- State Fair KSBA Honey Booth
- Beekeeping School Report
- Certified Honey Program
- Beekeeping Mentoring Program
- HCBA Constitution and By-Laws
- Election of Officers November 15th last meeting of 2018
- Glendale Days October 20th
- Clarkson Honey Fest September 29th
- KSBA Fall Conference at the Bullitt Central High School November 3rd--- All day event.
- Pot Luck of next meeting in October or November????
Beekeeping Notes: The fall nectar flow has started and will continue through mid-September in many cases. By mid-September, you should have removed all supers from your hives. It is time to conduct a good hive inspection to check for a good laying queen, eggs and brood. Egg laying will have taper off and there is probably little to no drone cells any more. Also time to evaluate the strength of each hive and consider combining weak hives with stronger hives. During the hive inspection, check to see if the hives have plenty of stores going into the fall and winter. If they do not then consider feeding your hives with 2:1 sugar water through October. “DO NOT OVER FEED”. It is also a critical time to check for Varroa mites; they tend to build up in September during the warmest days. So it is important to treat in September for Varroa Mites. If you have not placed entrance reducers on your hives, then it is time to do so, and also consider mouse guards as may be appropriate. Consider putting out Bug Jugs. They are great for collecting up moths, wasp, yellow jackets, flies, and other flying inspects/pests. Arizona Tea jugs are excellent. Cut a 1 inch square hole in the upper face of the jug opposite of the handle. Fill with 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of vinegar, 1 banana peel, and warm water --about 1/2 to 3/4 full but well below the cut hole. Hang jugs nears your hives. One jugs per 3 to 4 hives. They really work. Good from thru October.