Much of the flora has begun to dry out. Some beekeepers are seeing some attempted robbing by the bees when the hive is open. This is a good time to place robbing screens on the hives. There is more of chance that robbing will occur when there is an abundance of hives in a centralized area. Robbing instinct is also hereditary.
Winter? It seems like a long time before we think about winter but in reality it is not so far away IF we plan to do something about mites. NOW (end August/early September) is the proper time to sample colonies to determine risk level and make mite control decisions, if you wish to do so. […]
WVBA’s honey extracting equipment is ready to be loaned out. The Association has a 6-frame radial hand crank extractor, electric heated knife, cappings tub, sieves, and etc. For the time being, call Rich Farrier at 541-327-2673. There is an agreement form to sign. Thanks.