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2013 Program

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8:00
 
Check in or At-Door Registration. Visit Vendors
8:45
 
Welcome and Introductions
    QUEENS
9:00
Larry Connor
How to Evaluate Queen Quality
Queen Quality has been a growing area of concern for many beekeepers and the more we study queen and drone biology, the more we discover about the key aspects of this topic. Some of the key factors include: age of the larvae selected for queen production, nutrition of the queen and drones during development and mating as well as other seasonal issues such as the size of the queen, drone viability and mating success.
9:45
Phil Craft
Identifying and Resolving Common Queen Problems
The queen is the heart of the collective organism we call the colony, so queen problems affect the well-being of the entire hive. Issues can include: queenless hives, laying workers, infertile queens, and those that produce mean bees. Phil will help you to identify these problems in your own hives and discuss how to resolve them.
10:30
 
Break: Buy Tea-Cup Auction tickets and visit Vendors
11:00
Gary Reuter
Genetic Selection of Honey Bees
Why is selection important for honey bees? What traits should we select for? Who should decide?
11:45
 
Lunch (buffet)
    MITES
12:45
Larry Connor
Evaluating Mite Populations
Everyone tells you to check the mite load of each of your hives or each of your bee yards. Here are some simple methods of sampling, both with a destructive and a non-destructive method of sampling bees, so you can count your mites and determine if you need to initiate a treatment plan.
1:30
Phil Craft
Varroa Mites: Biology and Control
Varroa mites are the greatest threat to our honey bee colonies and the major factor in colony loss today. Know your enemy. Phil will teach you about the biology and life cycle of this parasite and help you use this information to understand the various control options that are available to you.
2:15
Gary Reuter
Hygienic Bees
The hygienic trait in honey bees is one of the most important traits that should be selected for. Gary will describe the action of this trait against AFB, chalkbrood and varroa as well as describe how to test for this trait.
3:00
 
Break—Last chance to buy auction tickets
    MANAGEMENT
3:30
Larry Connor
$500 per Hive per Year, or More
Whether you have two colonies or two hundred, you know you have put a lot of time and effort into your bee colonies. Now it is time for you to manage your colonies so they provide you with a cash flow that sustains colony numbers, colony health and the health of your bank account. Dr. Connor will review key aspects of increasing apiary income through the production and sale of specialty honey, nuclei, queens and much more.
4:15
Phil Craft
Ask Phil: FAQs from his Bee Culture column,and a chance to ask your own
Beekeepers always have questions. Phil has been receiving and responding to them for many years; he even has some of the answers. For this talk he has selected several questions that introduce topics of interest, and will share his straight forward replies. But these are just a starting point to encourage your questions. Bring ‘em on.
5:00
Gary Reuter
Is Swarming a Good Thing?
Swarm “control” is many beekeepers’ biggest management concern. Gary will explain why bees swarm and what we can do to try to thwart their efforts.
5:45
  Have a safe trip home or join us for a self-pay dinner with the speakers.