* The regular meeting of the ACBA held on October 9, 2014 featured a panel of ACBA members - Randy Baldwin, Joy Lewis and James Wilkes - sharing their experiences and information about preparing hives for overwintering.
* Click the below link to read the minutes from the meeting which contains their remarks.
Ashe County beekeepers are cautioned that the varroa mite infestation has started and everyone needsto be vigilant taking mite counts to see what kind of IPM is needed....and be deciding when to do it. Word from off the mountain form an experienced beekeeper is that they were plowing through many hives!!!
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!"
* Ashe County Beekeepers Association members who use Chrome as their default web browser may be frustrated when the RSS link on the News and Events page doesn't yield the intended results.
* Click on the below link for a "fix" which our web host, Ric Kolseth has recommended to enable you to fully utilize the RSS link.
Everyone please remember that oxalic acid and glycerin on shop towels is not an approved (legal) method to control Varroa mites in your bee colonies. As far as I know, the formulations you can find here and there online are tested by individuals, often on very few hives – sometimes as few as 1 or 2 during one season. Efforts like this in the past have often resulted in poor/no mite control or dead colonies from overdosing. As we all know, a lot of the stuff you see online is often advanced by people who have little experimental experience and often poor experimental design. Following those formulations makes your bees part of those weak experiments. My suggestion is to wait for controlled studies run by recognizable research folks so you’re sure you can get good mite control and not brood, queen, or colony damage.
* At a recent meeting, Jack Cahn showed a program on Oxalic Acid Towel Treatment and another video on extraction. The towel treatment is so important, a link is posted here.
* Thanks to Jill McKinney for this information.