Willamette Valley Beekeepers Association

General meeting minutes

October 28, 2019

The meeting was called to order at 7:07 by President, Rich Farrier.

News item #1: A recently released diagnostic tool, TheBeeMD, is for use in the field to diagnose honey bee health problems, and should prove to be beneficial for all levels of beekeepers. Take the time to explore it this winter, to increase your familiarity with various troubling conditions that afflict our honey bees. It is a collaboration of APHIS, Bee Informed Partnership, North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, Pollinator Partnership, University of Delaware, University of Florida, University of Maryland, and University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Another diagnostic tool is the free mobile phone app. “Bee Health” which was developed for beekeepers by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

News item #2: The Oregon State Beekeepers Fall Conference just finished. Several of the speakers discussed increasing bee forage. In light of that, Rich passed around a publication from Canada, “Planting Forage for Honey Bees in Canada; A guide for farmers, land managers, and gardeners”.

However, remember that just like all beekeeping is local, not all plants recommended for Canada, will thrive here. So here’s another publication, this time from the US Dept. of Agriculture, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, (NRCS), “How to Choose a Good Pollinator Seed Mix”.

A member mentioned that he recently received funding from the NRCS Marion County for planting hedgerows for pollinators on his property. The NRCS contact person is Jenny Meisel.

Old News: Mike Rodia reported on the meeting of the Marion County Commissioners. About a dozen beekeepers attended the meeting, most of them testified, plus, 2 WVBA members had submitted written testimony in favor of residential beekeeping. The Commissioner’s vote in favor of adopting the same code as the City of Salem was unanimous. Mike thanked all the beekeepers for stepping up to support beekeeping.

The Sugar Lady: They have received another shipment of sugar. It’s time to think about making winter candy boards so they are ready when needed. For sugar or library books, (Debbie is also the librarian), please call or email Debbie Blando, 503-302-2944, or dawbie4u@yahoo.com.

Questions:  Where are mites coming from after treating in the fall? We never get 100% kill of mites. Some mites are under cappings, some come from drifting bees, some come from robbing behavior. Sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, (when the brood nest is small or even broodless), treat for mites with Oxalic Acid. Use either the dribble or vaporization method.

Our speaker for the evening was chef Taylor Ulbricht from The Jory restaurant at The Allison Inn and Spa in Newberg. Besides the typical uses of honey, he had samples of lemon & ginger slices which were steeped in honey for two or more weeks. They are used as an electrolyte replacement solution. This proved popular with members.

Next meeting is Monday, November 25th, in the usual space, building 8, room 201.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45.

Respectfully submitted,

Anna Ashby WVBA Secretary

November 9, 2019