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The Johnston County Beekeeper’s Association met on Monday, April 15, 2013.   Dick Rogers, entomologist and manager of the Bayer Bee Care Center presented a program on How to Assess Honey Bee Colony Strength and Health.

Johnston County Beekeeper's Association Meeting Announcement 

Date: April 15, 2013

*Before the Meeting:  Al Hildreth, with Shamrocks Buzzy Bees, will be going into the two hives at the Johnston County Agricultural Center before the meeting at 6:00 pm.  So if you would like to bring your bee suits and and see the hands on demonstration before the meeting you are more then welcome to experience all the fun.  

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Johnston County Agricultural Center (2736 NC Highway 210, Smithfield, NC 27577)

Speaker: Dr. Richard (Dick) Rogers; Entomologist / Manger with Bayer Bee Care Center

Topic: "How to Assess Honey Bee Colony Strength and Health"

Description: Dr. Rogers will be covering how to evaluate a hive to determine how healthy and strong it is.

Special Notes: This event is free and open to the public.  We hope that you can make it.


  • Get honey supers ready for honey flow
  • Final touches for new hives and supers



  • Comprehensive inspection
    • Need good records
    • Can you find evidence of a good laying queen
      • Nice solid laying pattern
      • Consider replacing if pattern is off
    • Are plenty of eggs and brood present
  • Continue reversing the hive bodies every 10-14 days
    • Allows for better distribution of brood
    • Stimulates growth of the colony
    • Gives queen more room for brood laying
    • Take top hive body and place on bottom board and then place the one that was on the bottom on top


  • Keep feeding
    • Continues to help build the bee population
    • No supers on hive yet
      • Intake of sugar not going into honey production
    • Feeding to help get hive off to a great start
      • Pollen patties are still needed
  • When bees no longer take the food you are supplying
    • Stop feeding them
    • Put supers on hives
    • Bees are now collecting from early spring flowering plants

Take The Survey…Be Part Of The Solution This Year.

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Eric Mussen,    Extension Apiculturist.
      To glean information on better beekeeping management and techniques, do you tend to sidestep formal conference presentations in favor of informal meetings at a local coffee shop? That’s what national surveys indicate. Not to worry. We now have the country’s largest beekeeping coffee shop that can bring the experiences of thousands of beekeepers to you.
 And it’s free. You don’t have to buy the coffee or wait for a refill or tip the waiters.
 It’s the online “Bee Informed Partnership.” You can go to and see up-to-date summaries of all the data that the nation’s beekeepers – more than 5,000 so far – have submitted to the site. Thus, you can access information on what worked and what didn’t from thousands of beekeepers in the national coffee shop, not just your handful of friends in the local area.
 The Bee Informed Partnership is well into its third year.  There is just about enough data to begin to break down the survey responses into specific sub-segments such as: regions of the country, size of operation, participants in crop pollination, etc.  However, in order to make the findings valuable for commercial operators, more commercial beekeepers need to submit data.
 Participation in the program is free and totally anonymous (covered by federal and state laws).  When you decide to participate, you will be presented with two electronic survey forms to complete.  One is on “winter” losses (but this covers the entire year) and the other is on management practices and how effective you found them to be.  The expectation is that the surveys will be submitted quarterly.  The good news is that each new survey form arrives pre-loaded with your last data.  You change only what is different from the last time and submit it.
 The new survey season begins March 29 and remains open until April 15.  By then, participants will know a lot about their wintering success or lack thereof.  I strongly suggest that you take the time to become involved in this program.  Besides data summaries, there are graphics of the data (which I prefer to tables any day).  Additionally, some of us are allowed to comment when we think that the results could be a bit misleading, based on small sample sizes or specific biases in the respondent group.
 The national coffee shop is open. Your fellow beekeepers await your presence and your experiences and views.  Please “bee” there at .

The Johnston County Beekeeper’s Association met on Monday, March 18, 2013.  The meeting began with a 40 minute question and answer/discussion session, followed by an informative program presented by Al Hildreth of Shamrock’ss Buzzy Bee on installing packages of bees and splitting hives.