Dr. Greg Hunt and Krispn Given were the host of the Purdue Bee Lab Field Day. Over 200 beekeepers gatherered together for hands-on, get in the hive, get excited workshops and sessions. Dave Shenefield, our IBA President, was there to teach our new beekeepers about hive inspectors and what to look for. Tim Caldwell and Matt Fearnow shared their knowledge on how to prevent swarming.
A much younger beekeeper, Sophie Lohrman, helped a gahering of beekeepers to learn about mites, how to test and how to treat.
The "BEE-COME ONE" committee was on site to answer questions about the two state organizations becoming one.
We'd like to thank everyone who brought items for the raffle and the auction. A big item for our raffle was a top bar hive donated by Gregg Roudebush and the four frame manual extractor donated for the auction by Samuel Mitchell formerly of Lebanon, IN.
Thanks to all the beekeepers who generously donated their time to help with sessions, the volunteers who organized the event and the beekeepers who attended and made the field day so successful.
Swarms are more prevalent in the Spring; however, anytime a hive is overcrowded they may swarm. What's the difference between a swarm and a cut out or trap out? If you need to find someone interested in removing swarms check out the Swarm Call List link below. If you have bees in a structure, check out the Cut Out List link below.
Swarms - a cluster of bees that have landed on a temporary location, usually a tree limb or fence.
Cut outs - hive of bees are in a structure; home, garage, etc.
Trap Outs- a hive is located inside a structure that prohibits the removal of any of the structure to get to the bees. This is the most timeconsuming and requires several trips to the location.
Here is a Swarm Call List of Indiana Beekeepers' Association by county along with name and contact numbers.
Funny thing to say, because pictures don't talk. But if you'd like to see the fun everyone is having at the Bee School, click here.
The Bee Informed Partnership is a 5 year effort funded by USDA/NIFA (U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture). It is a large collaboration between research institutions, Universities, and beekeepers from all over the country.
The main idea behind the Bee Informed Partnership is to get information collected from beekeepers back to other beekeepers quickly so they can make more informed decisions.
For more information on this and other research being done, visit the Research section on our Bee Links page.
In less than two months, the Indiana State Fair will begin. We have a booth in the Ag-Hort building as we've had for years. If you are a member of the Indiana Beekeepers' Association, you may sell your honey/hive products in the booth. See our State Fair page for more information.
Many beekeepers are experiencing missing queens in their hives. Just as beekeepers learn about taking care of their hives, beekeeping teaches us lessons as well. One is the art of patience.
If your hive has swarmed, be patient. It will take up to three weeks for the new virgin queen to get mated and start laying. Be patient, if you're not sure your hive swarmed and your hive has no open larvae or eggs, you may try this.
Take a frame of brood with eggs and open larvae from another hive. Be sure to have small eggs on the frame. Place it in the 'queenless hive' and check it in three days. Have the bees started building a queen cell? If not, it is likely there is a queen. Be patient, she may not have started laying yet.
As a member of the Indiana Beekeepers Association, we receive a quarterly newsletter. If your newsletter has been returned to us two quarters in a row, the next quarter will not be sent until we are notified and have a correct address.
If you have moved, or will be at a different location and your mail is not forwarded, please contact us so you don't miss out on any important beekeeping events happening in Indiana. Contact Debbie Seib, the Treasurer for address changes.
June 27 Whitelick Beekeepers Association Field Day at Airport Apiary. For more information, see www.whitelickbeekeepers.org
Many of our members have been busy spreading the word about beekeeping with the community. See stories in the BEE Links page.
Interested in speaker at other local associations? Have a specific area of beekeeping expertise and willing to share that knowledge with other beekeepers?
Many of our local clubs would like to hear what other clubs are doing, tips and tricks for keeping our honey bees alive and surviving through winter.
Perhaps you are passionate about Top Bar Hives, Warre Hives or just Live Hives and you'd like to share that passion with other beekeepers.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject "Speaker List".
Would you like to know where you can buy honey in your local area? Click on 'Local Honey' or check out the 'Local Honey' page under 'Services'.
What is Apimondia? Apimondia is the bi-annual congress of the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations. The federation was founded in 1949 and has a mission of promoting the scientific, technical, ecological, social and economic apiculture development in all countries.
What does it mean to Indiana Beekeepers? If the USA is selected as the host country for 2019, it would be an opportunity for Indiana Beekeepers to attend Api-Expo, the world's largest beekeeping trade show, enter their honey in the World Honey Show and see the workings of an International Honey Queen Competition. For more information, click here.
How can you get involved? It will take all of us working together to bring Apimondia to the United States. If you are interested in helping to bring Apimondia to the United States in 2019, click here.
You can renew your membership or join the Indiana Beekeepers Association (IBA) using PayPal as well as continue to mail them in. If you'd like to mail them, please note the address for sending in your dues.
Indiana Beekeepers Association
7784 N. Sanctuary Lane
Mooresville, IN 46158
Attn: Debbie Seib, IBA Treasurer
The address label on your newsletter includes your dues expiration date.
For more information see the Membership tab on our website.
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