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The topic for the 2014 Essay Contest is "Why HoneyBees are Essential to Agriculture". The entry deadline is October 6, 2014- so make sure to get those entries in beforehand! The age limit 14-16. Make sure to download and fill out the Parental Consent Form that is located on the About Us tab under Download Files. We look forward to reading your essays!
Full Moon Apiary’s 2nd Annual
Another year in the beeyad is winding down. Not at all happy with where we are. Too danged hot, dry and what a dearth of nectar and pollen for the late summer. A little tropical weather would have been nice. Looks like we are about 25 inches or so behind in rainfall. Now I am hoping for a little cooler weather to slow foraging down along withthe need for asa much stores. Noticed the bees shut down on brood rearing a lot earlier this year. I am asumming a lot of environmental factors but I also ran a lot of Carniolan/VSH cross queens so I am wondering if this is alos a factor.
Norht Fl Fair has come and gone with another good honey show sponsored by the Aplachee Beekeepers Assn. We won a few ribbons so we are happy for that.
Persimmons are really getting ripe now, nothing better than a ripe persimmon.
Got the wood heater fired up already. Yes it gets cold in North Florida. Last year we burned about 5 cords of wood.
The winter solstice is a little over 5 weeks away and with it we will start a new bee season. There is a lot to do to get ready.
Here it is the end of August and it is hot in North Florida. Surprisingly, bees are doing pretty well. There is little forage available right now. We have been feeding a pollen supplement for several weeks and this is helping to keep the queen laying. We treated for mites earlier in the month and most hives have low mite counts. This has been a bad year for Small Hive Beetles and we are proactive in our response. At the first sign of things getting out of hand we clean out the hive and go with new frames or shake the bees onto another stronger hive. Thankfully, we have not too many issues with queenlessness as this is a rough problem to deal with in August. I am not seeing enough drones to justify raising my own queens, it is too hot to have good shipping success, and it is difficult to get good acceptance under these conditions.
We are about 5 inches below normal rainfall for August and 20 inches short for the year. Temperature has been hovering around 100 for last several days. Fortunately the humidity is not too bad. With the high temperature and low rainfall there is not much blooming. I made a trip up to Moultrie, Ga. last Friday and the cotton looked parched in the field. But on the bright side, we are not too far away from the fall flowers and the bees will find plenty to make them happy.