Five Rivers Bee Club
Minutes for September 19, 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 10 folks. (8 members and 2 guests) We have 51 paid members.

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

Arrie Goodwin gave opening prayer.

Agenda:

Events: New Business:

Meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.
Minutes submitted by Carmen Inman
Next Meeting October 17, 2019 at Bob and Sandy's Beach BBQ in Hardy AR beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Bee Calendar : Thanks to UAEX.edu

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.