Greetings from the President of the IHPA
Dear Iowa Honey Producers,
We had a great Fourth of July holiday. Both our
military sons were home and rode on the Cumberland fire truck
for the Massena parade on Saturday, July 2nd. We also had friends
visiting us from southern Missouri. Add a first birthday party
for our granddaughter, JoAnn and we were very busy, but had a
wonderful time. I think, however, that I am getting too old to
do that every week. (Maybe I should quit my job to just enjoy
I hived my first swarm by myself this month also.
Our youngest son, Mitch,( on leave from California) called me
at work and asked if there should be so many bees flying around
our yard. I asked him if they were noisy. His reply was yes, so
I said that I would be home in a half hour, that he should watch
them and tell me where they were. When I got home, the honey bees
had lighted on a branch in an evergreen tree across the driveway.
I asked our other military son, Shawn, (on leave from Oklahoma)
to get the ladder for me while I assembled the necessary hive
boxes and equipment. I put on coveralls, veil and gloves, grabbed
my camera and headed for the ladder. I took pictures first. I
should have taken a picture of our big, tough Army sons watching
me from the safety of the garage. They did give me directions
when it came time to place the pile of empty hive bodies so that
I could raise the assembled hive closer to the allusive swarm.
I should note that Mike had the other veils, etc. in his pick-up.
The swarm was a mere 10 feet off the ground so it was relatively
easy to accomplish the needed task. After I was finished taking
pictures, I shook the branch and most of the bees fell directly
into the waiting bee hive. I put the inner cover on and the lid.
I then watched the remaining bees enter the hive by the entrance.
The boys thought that there were too many bees left on the branch.
I told them to just watch them and we would use another strategy
if they weren’t going into the hive. They were amazed that
the rest of the bees went into the hive.
We have had trouble with this hive of bees from
the very beginning this spring. I don’t imagine they will
accomplish much this late in the season, but at least I can say
that I learned something from watching Mike get swarms, and that
I did it by myself. Mike wondered what that pile of boxes was
doing in the yard when he came home from work.
I noticed in the last issue of the BUZZ that there
was some equipment for sale that had wax. Remember to have the
equipment inspected before it is sold. The inspectors would be
glad to accommodate and do the inspections. The law is on the
books of Iowa that equipment being sold with wax needs to be inspected
to assure that it is free of diseases. If you need inspections,
please contact our local inspectors: Boyd Palmer at (319) 437-3751;
Bill Eickholdt at (712) 225-5207; Phil Meyer at (515) 262-4392
or Mike O’Hearn at (712) 534-2272.
Fall is getting closer so remember to make plans
to attend the Annual Meeting of the Iowa Honey Producers to be
held in Marshalltown, IA on November 12th and 13th. A great line-up
of speakers will headline the meeting and it is sure to have something
for everyone. The social time of speaking to other beekeepers
is well worth the time and money. So many ideas are shared at
I’ve had reports from various parts of the
state that the crop looks great. The wax is nice and light on
the comb honey and barrels of honey are being harvested. We need
a good year after last year. Hope the weather conditions are right
for your area and you are enjoying the great flow of honey coming
into your hives.
The Buzz Newsletter Submissions
Please send submissions, classified ads, and photos
to Alex W. Ebert by email to TheBuzz@ABuzzAboutBees.com
or by mail to The Buzz, c/o Phil Ebert, 14808 S. 102nd Ave. E.,
Lynnville, IA 50153.
The deadline for submissions to The Buzz is the 15th of
The Buzz is a monthly newsletter published by the Iowa Honey
Producers Association which is an affiliate of the Iowa State
Horticultural Society. IHPA Membership is only $10 annually.
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Gordon Powell, IHPA Treasurer
4012 54th St.
Des Moines, IA 50310
Phone : (515) 278-1762