Hi, all-

Just a reminder:  THERE IS NO MISSISSIPPI VALLEY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION MEETING TOMORROW NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014!  Our September meeting was last Tuesday, September 23, 2014, which was our annual picnic.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Thank you!

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For new Beeks, it should already be time for you to think about what is yet to come. There is never a “stupid” question, so ASK, READ and ASK again. HERE is an excerpt on Winterizing from The Practical Beekeeper by Michael Bush. This is just one view point; different Beekeepers have different methods, so please seek answers and always try to stay ahead of your hive needs before they arise.

Message from Guy, reminding us of the annual MVBA picnic:

Hi, all!

The Fall Picnic this year will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at 6 p.m. at Bob Mays Park in Quincy, on North 18th Street between Locust and Kochs Lane. This means we will eat as close as possible to 6pm as it gets dark earlier.  Don’t forget our meeting for September will be Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at our fall picnic. NOTE:  THE PICNIC IS THE SEPTEMBER MEETING-THERE WILL NOT BE A MEETING ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30!!!!   Please bring a covered dish, and a dessert if you wish, and your table settings.  Sweet tea and lemon drink will be provided.  This is for the entire family, not just members.  Please, please RSVP to me via email asap with numbers going to attend so I can order enough chicken!! Contact me with any questions!


Hi, all!
Just a reminder that our beekeeping meeting for August is Tuesday,  August 26th at 7:30 pm at the extension office on South 36th street in Quincy. NOTE:  Sue Kivikko, apiary inspector for the Northern Region of Illinois, is going to attend our meeting to speak on CCD and other issues that may go on in the hive.  She will also take any questions regarding honeybee health.  Have your questions ready.  This will be a meeting you will really want to attend.  If you would like to bring a small snack, that is always welcome.  See you there!

Bernie and Gay are having their annual open house soon. You don’t want to miss this! See the flyers below for details.



Don’t forget to join us for our monthly meeting this Tuesday, June 24th, at 7:30 p.m. We’ll be in the basement of the Adams County Farm Bureau building on South 36th Street, Quincy, IL.

See ya there!

Don’t forget to join us for the meeting Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m.

We will be in basement of the Adams County Farm Bureau building on South 36th Street in Quincy.

See ya there!

The April 29, 2014 meeting of the Mississippi Valley Beekeepers Association held at the Illinois Extension Office Basement was called to order by President Guy Spoonmore at 7:35 PM.

Dale reported a Treasure’s balance of $1867.89 and that the banking has been changed to First Bankers Trust in Quincy from the Palmyra State Bank.  In a further review of the bank receipts from the transfer of funds to the First Bankers Trust after the meeting, $2107.89 is the correct balance.  The minutes of the previous meeting had been emailed to those with email addresses on file.  There were no corrections or additions to the March minutes.  Minutes of meetings will be emailed to those with email addresses on file with MVBA.

Diane will put the list of those interested in being notified for swarm capture opportunities on the MVBA website along with general location of each person on the list and their contact information, but only if you let Diane know that it is OK.  Anything on the website becomes public information for spammers.  It was suggested that you may want to consider setting up a separate (vague identity) email address just for this purpose.

Bee packages from Albert Hilty arrived last Monday with very short advance notice of package arrivals in Hannibal.  It was reported that 3 packages had dead queens, but otherwise good so far for these packages.

LeAnn will be in charge of the Bee Buddy program again this year.  If you are a new beekeeper and want someone to help and mentor you, contact LeAnn.

There is a new Farmers Market in Palmyra this year.  Keep this in mind if you happen to have honey to sell this summer.

Jessalyn, our mentored beekeeper for last year, said that her bees are in good shape, but she accidentally started a small grass fire with her smoker.  No injuries other than a little smoke inhalation in the process of putting the fire out.   Always keep fire safety in mind when using smokers around dry grasses and weeds.

There is an Illinois Queen Initiative meeting near Peoria on Saturday May 3rd.  Emphasis of this group is raising queens that are best suited for winter survival in Illinois winters.  The meeting is also a training class on raising queens.   Go to www.illinoisqueeninitiate.com for more information.  Cost is $75 per person.

The Illinois State Beekeepers Association summer meeting is Saturday June 7 at Illinois Valley College in Oglesby, IL (north of Bloomington).

2014 dues need to paid as Dale needs to pay the ILSBA dues by May 1.  For the new beekeepers who paid for the new beekeepers course in February, the fees include the $16.00 for annual dues for the Mississippi Valley Beekeepers Association (MVBA).  All who have paid dues will have the $10.00 dues for Illinois State Beekeepers Association paid by our Association.  All new beekeepers with a Missouri address at time of course registration that attended the course in February are members of the Missouri State Beekeepers Association for their first year (Bernie has sent the names to the MO State Association).  After the first year, MO residents will need to pay State Association dues separate from MVBA dues.  MO state association dues are currently $15 individual or $20 family.

There was a general discussion of the package bees and a couple of methods for queen release.

Guy talked about pollen flow this spring, but suggested that syrup feeding be continued using a 50-50 sugar-water syrup as needed.  You may want to use pollen patties as well on new hives.  Watch for swarm cells, reverse brood boxes if needed if you have not already done so.

Mike talked about making hive splits when you see swarm cells, and set the new hive box near the original box.  Mike also suggested switching brood box locations after 4-7 days.

Diane asked how to move a mean hive – recommendations included screening or blocking the opening after dark, making sure that the straps are in place before attempting to move the hive, and move the hive after dark.

We have most of the equipment for the 2014 mentored beekeeper program.  Bernie will have a nuc available in about 2 weeks.  Dale will need to purchase a bee suit and hive tool.  We have a smoker, so should have everything needed.

There was a short break with cookies and coffee.  Thanks to those who brought the cookies.  Always lots of good discussions during the break.

Cindy did a presentation on plants for bees.  Plants that bee prefer include honeysuckle(but not Japanese honeysuckle as it is very invasive), raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, most fruit trees including persimmon, chives, borage, milkweed, marigolds, cholinga, tansi, lungwort, basil, catnip, oregano, sage, thyme, pineapple sage, most vegetables, dogbane, sunflowers, lavender (varroa mites don’t like lavender), Russian sage, wildflower mix, bee balm, peppermint, crocus, and hyacinthe (this is the list that I could keep up with anyway).  See www.lincolnlandbeekeepers.com.  (Purdue University extension also has a very good list of plants for bees).  Fresh water is needed by bees; don’t use garden pesticides or herbicides near bees; neonicotinoids are often found in big box stores (see www.foe.org/beeaction for more information).   There was additional discussion on planting Dutch white clover or sweet clover for bees, but not red clovers.  Clovers can be planted in grassy areas at the rate of 1 – 1 ½ lbs per acre – seed cost is around $5.00 per pound.

Bernie did a short demonstration of the use of a queen “mitt” for use when releasing new queen bees.  Use a small wire cage to cover the queen and press this cage into established foundation.  Always room for bees to feed the caged queen, this will usually help get the new queen laying eggs a few days earlier than traditional new queen release techniques.

Paul mentioned that there is a flea market at the Adams County Fairgrounds on May 17-18.  Opportunity to sell honey if you have any.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:10PM.

Respectfully submitted.

Dale Hill, MVBA Secretary