June 8, 2010 Meeting Minutes
The regular meeting of the Wannabee Hobby Beekeepers was called to order at 6:05 p.m. on August 10, 2010 at the Canyon Lake Senior Center by Jerry Owens.
The minutes of the July meeting were not read since the July meeting was a picnic at Canyon Lake Park.
There was no treasurer’s report.
There was discussion regarding the feasibility of the club obtaining an extractor for club member usage. Wes reported that after the committee researched building specifications that it would be best for the club to buy an extractor rather than make one.
We were pleased to welcome a fellow beekeeper, Diana Vara, from Santa Clara, California, who was visiting South Dakota during the Rally. Diana is part of a hobby bee club, called the Santa Clara Valley beekeeping guild. They have a web site (firstname.lastname@example.org). Diana also shared this site with us as a place to visit on the web for bee information. Google http://www.beeguild.org
There was lengthy discussion regarding upcoming honey extraction. Jerry described the process of extracting honey, including the tools available and the various methods. Also discussed was when to extract honey, whether in the fall or the spring.
The general well-being of the hives was discussed. Jerry reported that several factors have contributed to a slow honey production year. Due to a wet, cold spring, the late arrival of bees, and the large amount of grasshoppers have resulted in many hives producing only enough honey to over winter the hive itself with little or no extra for harvesting.
Jerry did report though, that as of the August meeting, the percentage of successful hives was in excess of 90 percent. Considering the number of new hives established this year, this is above average according to the State of South Dakota Apiary Association.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.
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