Minutes from the July 30 , 2013 meeting of the Mississippi Valley Beekeepers Assn – meeting called to order by Guy Spoonmore at 7:40 PM at the Adams County Extension office basement meeting room.
MF was not at the meeting, so Treasurer’s report was not available. Our condolences to MF on the loss of her husband.
Guy started the meeting by discussing mites – this is the season that we need to be treating for mites. If you use powdered sugar to treat, make sure that you are using screened bottoms, not the solid bottoms. If you use a chemical treatment, you need to take the supers off to reduce chance of chemical residue in the honey that you harvest. Make sure that you read and follow the directions on the package. If you use powdered sugar, use 1 cup per hive, apply with flour sifter, re-apply every 10 days to make sure you hit the hive during the complete life cycle of the mites.
No swarm calls were reported at the meeting.
Bernie & Gay Andrews annual open house is August 25, 1-4PM north of Lorraine. He will send out info by email.
The fall picnic will be September 24 at Bob Mays Park in Quincy (North 18th St). Bring a covered dish and/or dessert.
Illinois State Fair is Aug 8th-18th at the State Fair Grounds in Springfield, IL. B ee display is in the Illinois Building. IL State Beekeepers Assn is asking for volunteers to man the display and sell honey ice cream, August 13th and 14th are already covered, Bernie is going on August 11 so we need a group to help. Call Guy or Bernie if you can help out. This is an ideal place to go to see 4 professional exhibits with honey and beeswax. It would be best if we could do one day as a club at the State Fair.
Status on T-shirts – Janet was not at the meeting. There was good discussion about costs, estimated costs will be around $10/shirt for white T-shirt with small logo on front and larger logo on the back. Cost will be higher for XXL and XXXL, and cost will be higher if anything other than white cotton T-shirt.
Guy had a monthly calendar of things to do for the bees available for all.
Watch for weak hives and hives that may be victims of robber bees this time of year. Robbing can decimate a hive in a few days.
Paul did a short and interesting presentation on swarm capture.
There was a short discussion on hive reports.
Meeting was adjourned at 9:10PM