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On Monday, April 22, 2013 the Johnston County Beekeeper's Association lost one of its members.  Michael Stephenson was a Certified Beekeeper who was an active member of the club and was known for his beekeeping supply store. A memorial service will be held at Parrish Funeral Home in Selma on Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. with visitation to follow. Burial, with masonic rites, will be at Princeton Cemetery on Friday at 11:00 a.m. for close family and friends. The funeral will be at Parrish's Funeral Home (1351 South Pollock Street, Selma, NC 27576) {919-965-3031}.  The cemetery service will take place at Princeton Cemetery.

Click here for more information: Parrish Funeral Home

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