Five Rivers Bee Club
Minutes for July 18, 2019
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*President: Vernon Lamb 870) 886-6669 *
*Vice-President Arrie Goodwin (870) 966-3666 *
*Secretary -Treasurer: Jacque English (870)856-4987*
Please feel free to contact any of us should you have any questions.

"The mission of Five Rivers Bee Club is to provide our membership and local community with a forum for sharing knowledge and mutual interests in beekeeping, to educate and promote the benefits of beekeeping to the public."

In attendance: We had 16 folks. We have 51 paid members.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the folks born in July:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the folks born in August:

We met at Bob and Sandy's Beach BBQ in Hardy AR and meeting began at 6:30 p.m

Lonnie Perry gave opening prayer.

Agenda:
1) Minutes from June 20th were accepted as read. Vernon made motion to accept and Lonnie 2nd it. All approved.

2)Treasurer's Report:(Books are open for any member to review)FNBC Checking:$779.01

3) Five Rivers Bee Club Field Trip Day - It is a great way to get hands-on learning techniques, ask questions and get guidance. The field trips will be held on Saturday following the monthly meeting of every month at various memberslocations. If you wish to be added to one of the months OPEN, please contact me; either by email or phone with which Saturday and best time for you to have be at your place. Please leave message if I do not answer.

Jul 20 is OPEN - may be too hot to have this month.
Aug 17 is OPEN
Sep 21 will be our Annual Potluck Picnic
Oct 19 is OPEN

4) Jacque passed around on how members wish to be notified (IE: Facebook, Phone, Email, Website, Other, etc). She also emailed out to members and awaiting replies.

5) It is that time of year to be thinking about our Annual Picnic and what you wish to bring. It was a great success last year and we'll have it again at the same location as last year. Loberg Park in Hardy AR at the same pavilion. Looking at the Saturday following our monthly meeting (Sept 21st), instead of a Home Visit. See WHAT TO BRING sheet at end of minutes and let Jacque know to update. It is also posted on the EVENTS page off the website.

2019 Potluck Picnic (Sept 21st)
Dishes: Bronna Birdsell = Hash Brown Casserole
Dishes: Lonnie Perry = Meat Hamburger
Salads: Wallene Frazier = Broccoli Salad
Salads: Nora Perry
Desserts: Walter Smith = Chocolate Dump or Pie
Desserts: Goodwin's = Pie
Beverages: Lonnie Perry = Tea Other: FRBC: Paper Plates, Paper Towels, Ice and Pool, Forks, Knives & Spoons, Table Cloths

6) Vernon opened the floor for OPEN MIC and we all interacted. Here a few topics we talked about. Vernon stated off by relaying that ABA (Arkansas Beekeepers Association) will be holding their Bee Meeting October 5th and 6th in Bentonville. Contact him for more information.

7) Flow is SLOW this year - best guess is because of all the rain we had.

8) Pollen supplement - dry powder works well

9) Lemon grass oil - just a q-tip drop inside box - some puts cotton ball wadding inside a piece of straw and adds a drop of oil into that and attached it to the back of the hive, while others just places a drop onto the bottom of the hive to attract swarms. It is too late in the season to start splitting hives . but if you see a swarm - it will works great.

10) Time to check for Mites and Hive Beetles and bee stores.

11) Prepping for winter or fall flow.

12) Rick told us of Bee Hive Thermal for Mite Treatment. It is like a heating pad that goes inside the bottom of your hive. You then close the entrance. Turn it on and it heats the inside of the hive to a temperature that kills mites, but does not harm the bees. He suggested for the club to check into it and possibly purchasing for check out by the members. Here is a video I found on it. Walter Smith also posted links he found on Facebook, as well. Thermal Mite Control

13) Remember that bees need water too, so be sure to have a source nearby for them.

14) Inspections can be invasion to some hives, so for those hives - check twice a year - once in Spring and then again in Fall.

15) Best time to inspect is while the girls are out hunting, Do not check at night time.

16) Arrie gave update on Ron Brownell who is in Little Rock Hospital. He had heart surgery and there were complications. Please add him to your prayer circle. You can call Norma Brownell at 501.957.8219.

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.
Minutes submitted by Jacque English
Next Meeting August 20, 2019 at Bob and Sandy's Beach BBQ in Hardy AR beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Bee Calendar : Thanks to UAEX.edu

July
Bees: As the weather trends toward hotter and drier, the nectar flow typically ends in the hill areas. The queen's egg production may also slow somewhat. In heavy agricultural areas, nectar flow from irrigated soybeans and cotton will be strong. Bees may be seen spread across the front of the hive cooling themselves on humid nights.
Beekeepers: Continue to regularly check hives for colony health and activity, monitor for pests, and ensure adequate room for honey stores. Ensure that bees have access to fresh water during dry periods. Honey may be harvested as soon as it is capped. However, be sure to leave bees enough for the bees own needs during the summer dearth. Ensure that hives have sufficient ventilation.

August
Bees: Colony growth rate slows as the nectar flow dries up in hill areas; bees will still forage for clean water. During times of summer dearth, bees can often consume more honey than they are storing. There is little chance of swarming during this period. In the delta regions, nectar flow from agricultural crops may still be strong.
Beekeepers: Ensure that bees have access to clean water. Watch out for robbing activities, which may indicate a weak colony. In some locations, honey should be harvested before bitterweeds bloom and ruin the flavor of the entire crop. Bees may tend to be cranky and more prone to stinging during times of dearth, so be careful opening hives. Varroa mite levels will be reaching peak numbers.

September
Bees: Cooler, wetter weather may produce a fall nectar flow, allowing bees to collect more winter stores. Drones may evicted from the hives as workers sense changes in temperature and food availability. Egg production will be reduced as the days get shorter and cooler.
Beekeepers: Any remaining honey is harvested. Each colony will need about 50-60 pounds of honey for winter. After honey is removed, medications for colony pests can be applied. Some beekeepers will requeencolonies now, temporarily breaking the brood cycle and encouraging good egg-laying by young queens in the early spring. Clean and safely store all empty supers away from rodents and wax moths.

October
Bees: The queen's egg-laying continues to decrease, and the colony population will also decline. No more drones will be produced, and those remaining will be expelled from the hive. Workers continue to forage for winter food stores as long as they can.
Beekeepers: Colonies may require some feeding to ready them for winter. Fall feeding is done with 2:1 (sugar:water) syrup. Mite treatments should be removed at the appropriate time (consult product label). Mouse-guards can be installed. Watch for robbing activities. When finished readying hives for winter, don't open them again unless necessary. Each time a hive is opened, the bees must re-seal the cracks with propolis to keep out winter drafts.

November
Bees: As the weather turns cold, bee activity will be reduced outside the hive. The temperature will send bees into a loose cluster as necessary.
Beekeepers: Install entrance reducers. Finish winter feeding. Don't open hives is cold weather. In windy areas, secure hive lids with a brick or rock. Now enjoy some honey. Review your records and evaluate colony performance. Consider what you might do differently next year. Attend your local beekeeper meetings and compare notes. Evaluate equipment and consider repairs or replacements. Render and clean any leftover wax.

December
Bees: The bees are in a tight cluster, alternating between generating heat with their wing muscles and resting and eating on the outside of the cluster. The queen is taking a much-needed break from egg production.
Beekeepers: Leave your bees alone. Periodically test winter stores by gently tilting the hive, but do not open the lid. Order new tools and supplies for spring and get all of your equipment in order. Consider expanding your apiary. Enjoy a few books and drink some tea with honey in it. Turn your excess wax into candles and give away a few jars of your finest honey as holiday gifts. Plan to place your orders for spring package bees and queens early to ensure you are at the top of the list.