The bees seem to really be doing good in most hives this year. I have heard of some peoples hives swarming and killing some new queens in packages. Just the regular problems we face each year. Hope everyone has a good harvest this year.
I have noticed the bees are working Holly plants now. Also the Tulip Poplars are fixing to blume out. Have your supers ready.
Make sure to have swarm traps up. Get your supers ready for nectar flow. I think people will or already have gotten their nucs or packages of bees. Feed them until they quit taking it or you put on a harvest super. I hope everyone has a good season.
We are wrapping up the 2013 beekeeping class with a field day and testing. It will be this Saturday 2-16-13 at 10 am at Douglas Presbyterian Church.
Well the ground hog said it was going to be an early Spring. The Cherry trees are bluming already this week. I also seen some drones in my hives. Bees are really starting to bring in pollen. Everyone needs to get ready NOW.
It looks like the new year is off to a good start. A lot of Beekeeping Associations classes have started or will be starting in a week or two. Remember to check your stored supers for damage. Check your hive weights to make sure they have adequate stores left. This is the time a lot of hives will die out from starvation. look forward to seeing you at our Association meeting or our Beekeeping class.
The LCBA had a great year. We had good presentations for the monthly meetings. Many local beekeepers participated in community events. Out Certified Level beekeeping class has been full. Thank You to all the members in our Association for your commitment. At the December meeting Lori Griggs named Jimmy Starnes as the LCBA Beekeeper of the Year.