In Memory of

Debbie Cowell

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Upcoming Events

July SCBA Meeting – Booth Setup
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Setup Booth for the Fair.

Stocking Meeting
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Stock shelves with products.

Sussex County Fair
Aug 3 – Aug 12 all-day

June Club Meeting

Saturday, June 16, 2018

John Holmes Apiary

41 Central School Rd., Wantage, NJ

This month’s meeting will be a field meeting on Saturday, June 16, held at club member John Holmes’s house –  41 Central School Rd, Wantage (John and his wife graciously offered their bee yard for our get together, and we appreciate it).

The meet will be “weather permitting“, so keep an eye on your email if the weather appears threatening.   Bring a comfortable chair and a “pot luck” dish to share.

The plan is to demonstrate basic hive inspections, and most importantly mite checks.  All of us should be comfortable performing this task and understand when to treat your girls.  Also, there will be a smoker contest with prizes awarded for the smoker that stays lit the longest!  Meeting will start at 10:30 and end about 1:00.

2nd June Club Meeting

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Sussex County Fairgrounds

Administration Building

At the suggestion of Jonathan Rose, club member and Sussex County Freeholder Director, we have invited Paige Lockburner, SREHS (Senior Regional Environmental Health Specialist) from the Sussex County Mosquito Commission  to speak on a topic of importance to all of us- “Mosquito Control and Honeybees- Integrated Pest Management”

Monthly Beekeeping Checklist

Beekeeping in June

June is the month to plan for extracting honey and for treating for Varroa in July

  • Extracting:
    • How are you going to harvest your honey ? Do you have an extractor and uncapping tank ?   Can you reserve one through your local branch of the NJBA ? Are yu going to buy one ?  Do you have jars ?  What sizes are you going to use ?
    • wax moths and hive beetles. Combs must be at least 2/3 capped off to be cured. ie. the bees have evaporated excess moisture.  Take off surplus honey but leave at least 40 to 60 lbs. for feeding during the summer dry season.  Put extracted supers back on colonies, over the inner cover (with half-moon entrance facing the hive), to protect them from
    • Always extract in a bee-proof room to prevent robbing.
    • It’s best to extract the day you remove the honey supers to prevent problems from hive beetles, wax moths and moisture in the honey.
  • Diseases:
  • Make sure you check the brood nest for signs of AFB or EFB before you pull honey supers. If you think you have one of these diseases, have the state apiarist confirm it.  Extract that honey last to avoid contamination of healthy colonies via the extractor.  When you pull honey from diseased or suspicious colonies, always put those supers back on the same colonies, then treat diseased or suspicious colonies, always put those supers back on the same colonies, then treat for the disease.  The state apiarist (609-462-7820) is a god resource for which treatment to use.
  • You may see bees hanging out on the front of the hive during the day and well into the evening. This is called “bearding”, and is a normal behavior used to help cool the colony.
  • Inspect your hive periodically to ensure the queen is laying well. Look for eggs in cells and a good amount of larvae and capped brood.
  • Maintain a water source near your hives, keeping it filled and clean.
  • Varroa: Now is the itme to decide what you will use to control Varroa mites.  Treatments should be on hand and ready to use when honey supers are removed and weather conditions are correct, usually in July or August.  Treatments that work well are Apiguard®, Api-Life VAR®, Apivar® or MAQS® (Mite Away Quick Strips), although none of these are 100% effective.  Follow the directions closely and recheck colonies after treatment.  Check the treatment by doin an alcohol wash.  See directions for doing an alcohol wash online or call the state apiarist.
2018 Honey Queen Program

Dear SCBA Members,

Do you have a child or know of a young beekeeper who would qualify for the 2018 Honey Queen Program? If so, it’s time to submit an application.
The Sussex County Honey Queen, Honey Princess and Junior Beekeeper Program provides our local community with young representatives to spread the word about the benefits of honey bees and beekeeping. Honey Queens and Princesses (girls) and Junior Beekeepers (boys) put bright young faces on local beekeeping practices, share their knowledge of honey bees and beekeeping with the public and schools, assist the judges during the annual Honey Show, participate in New Jersey State Fair events such as the parade, and volunteer their time working the honey booth.
One Honey Queen and up to five Honey Princesses/Junior Beekeepers will be selected for a one-year term. Interested candidates who will be entering the fifth through twelfth grades should submit a short letter or e-mail to the president of the SCBA not later than June 7, 2018. The letter should include the applicant’s full name, a parent or guardian’s name, contact information (address, cell phone and e-mail) for the parent or guardian, and anything the candidate wants to share about her or himself.

For questions, please contact  Dan Perez, program coordinator, at (201) 303-6209

Bees in The News

Good News for American honeybees

It comes as welcome news that the number of domesticated U.S. honeybee hives has risen so far in 2017, according to a new survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). There were 2.89 million commercial honeybee colonies in the U.S. as of April 1, 2017, the USDA reports this week, a rise of 3 percent from a year earlier.

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About SCBA

The Sussex County Beekeepers association is a Branch of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association.

Our mission is to:

* Promote and Support all aspects of beekeeping in New Jersey.

*Educate the General public about the benefits and importance of beekeeping.

*Dispel myths and misinformation concerning the honey bee.

*Inform and educate the general public concerning the honey bee and the beekeeping industry.

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