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Honey Extractor Rental Program CLOSED  AFTER September 15, 2017
Need to extract your honey? You can rent the club's radial & motorized honeyextractor for a nominal $30 fee (2 days), available to current and active association members. Please read the Rules & Info and review the most current Reservation's List. Next, send a reservation request via emal to: beekeepers@nekba.org. We'll get back to you asap.  2-day rental limit. The club extractor only holds six (6) medium (6 5/8" Illinois-sized super) frames only - sorry but this will not accommodate larger (deep) frame sizes.

mentoring @ JOLI & CECIL'S

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BEE FUNDAY 2017

Thanks for supporting the annual June Bee FunDay-full of demos, classes, speakers, lunch, and honey ice-cream -everything to do with honey, bees, and more ! 

  • CLOSED - (seasonal event)
  • Last opportunity was 9/11/2017
  • 4/24, 5/08, 6/12, 7/10, 8/14, and Sept. 11th
  • 6:00PM Meet at Joli's & Cecil's house

  • Inspect a couple of different hives

  • Bring your own protection

  • Weather Permitting

  • 19201 S Clare Rd., Spring Hill KS 66083

  • please call 913-856-8356 or email joli@heartlandhoney.com so we'll know how many to expect for the session

  • $10 donation to NEKBA Scholarship Fd

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Leavenworth County Fair 2017

It was great having you come see our NEKBA Leavenworth County Beekeepers in action as they demonstrated extracting and selling honey directly at the grounds inside with A/C, of course! The 2017 fair will be from Tuesday thru Saturday, July 25th thru July 29th, at the fairgrounds in Tonganoxie, Kansas  405 W 4th St, Tonganoxie, KS 66086   (more LVCO info)  (FB page)  

Johnson County Fair 2017

Fair is always a family event- even watching livestock! Monday, July 30th thru Saturday, August 5th, 2017. Thanks for visiting our beekeeping booth! It always a warm (hot) few days. (more JOCO info)  "BARN in the USA" -the 2017 JOCO Fair theme.  (FB page)

Small Hive Beetle(s)  ...  While we are still learning how best to deal with this new problem in our geographical area, these links have been provided for more information that should be of interest to our members. You can also find more informative information from our presentations page (link).

  1. Handbook of Small Hive Beetle from Clemson Cooperative Extension (.pdf download)
  2. ​Managing Small Hive Beetles, Jon Zawislak, Univ. of Arkansas, Div. of Ag.  (.pdf download)
  3. Small Hive Beetle: A Potential Pest in Honey Bee Colonies in Oregon, Dr. Dewy Caron, et al (.pdf download)
  4.  MAAREC Small Hive Beetle Fact Sheet-Revised 2015 (.pdf download)​​​​


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Bee FEED SYRUP MIXING Calculator spreadsheet 

Trying to work out the sugar-to-water ratio (1:1 or 2:1) for feeding sugar syrup to your bees?  Here's a link to a spreadsheet calculator. (Page Link)​  Downlaod and save the calculator for future reference. Working on an update for a 1:2 ratio.

Just Getting started?

What equipment should I get? How much does it cost in 2017?  Here is an idea for items to get you started for the 1st year. (download .pdf or  .xlsx)

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We welcome you to explore our site. Check out what's happening locally for beekeepers on our FB group site, what's going in our hives, and what's blooming in your backyards. Thank you for visiting, and we hope you'll come back soon.

SEPTEMBER 2017   What you should be doing this month for the Honey HARVESTING  !!!

​As part of your seasonal management, it's time to get ready for what spring/summer brings to the bees and beekeeper(s). August is time to harvest the honey and check brood nest for diseases and mites. Time to be getting ready for the fall/winter season.  Yes, we know it's still warm out.


• If > 3 mites are found per 100 bees, treat for mites. • Remove surplus honey, leaving some space in supers for later summer and fall flow.  Harvest your frames of capped or mostly capped honey, and replace them for a summer crop. If the frames of honey are uncapped, leave them on the hives through a hot, dry period, and check again. Plan to remove all supers by Labor Day.
• Make sure your bees have access to water - sources of a stream, pond, or other clean water within 1/2 mile. If you live in a municipality, your code may require that you provide water.

 • Remove and extract capped supers from your colonies if you need additional supers.

 Look for mites- especially in your strongest hives and plan on a treatment. Do not leave any un-guarded honey or open colonies as this could leave to a 'robbing frenzy.'

AND STOP FEEDING, if you are doing that...

  • Extract supers of honey removed from colonies. • Return extracted supers to colony for cleaning just before dark to prevent robbing by colonies. • Remove cleaned supers from colony, and store under para-di-chloro-benzene fumigation to prevent wax moth damage. 

  • Fall Season   September
    • Check colony for Varroa. If numerous, apply mite control. 

  • ​Do not let the bees rob out open extracted (wet) honey supers. This encourages robbing behavior, damages comb, could spread the possibility of bacterial disease like AFB or EFB. It's just not a good practice and could do more harm than just cleaning up your wet supers. Just don't do it!   Remove all supers as early in September as possible. This allows the bees to contract to the brood boxes and collect enough food stores in the upper brood chamber so that you won't have to feed.



The association connects you with other beekeepers, and supports a common effort to promote and protect bees, and the beekeeping industry, of which we are all a part.  

Join the effort.  It’s worth it. You are making an investment with many returns.

The Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers Association has a more than 67-year legacy of supporting beekeeping in the Mid-West. Learn more about us

We know there are beekeepers in other counties like Miami, Douglas, Dickinson, Shawnee and more that may want to go in as a group and represent the association in providing education and interest in honey and other bee products. Let us know how we can help you in this endeavor for 2017/2018. 

We use PayPal with an integrated shopping cart system due to it's easy use. Most of our members are familiar with PayPal. We hope you find it simple and convenient. If you experience any issues or would like to leave a comment, please contact us by ​email: beekeepers@NEKBA.org    Your feedback is appreciated.   Thank you!

Attention: Varroa Mites will kill your colony more than any other problem!.

Yes, it's that important to test and know your mite load. A simple powdered-sugar roll will let you know. The U of MN supported Bee Squad has an excellent way to test your mite load using the powdered sugar roll method.  All the equipment you need for a complete testing kit. Get it today! University of Minnesota Bee Squad.  Varroa Mite Testing Kit (click site link).                     


Great news! Here's the article from the March 2016 Bee Culture  Oxalic Acid Sublimation. You might agree with the authors of this study that this is the best practical tactic for mite control.


Here's a the most updated version of the guide "Tools for Varroa Management" (3rd Edition - February 16, 2016) by The Honey Bee Health Coalition.  Be vigilant in mite detection and keeping our colonies healthy from this tick-like problems. 


As quoted by Kim Flottum, Editor of Bee Culture magazine from August 2016 issue:              "It's August. Fall's here. It's time to take care of the bees that take care of the bees that go in to winter....Enjoy the bees, and enjoy the life they give you."  (page 90).

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  2017 Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, Kansas    SAVE THE DATES!     Sept 8th thru 17th

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We depend on volunteers to help promote our state's most beneficial insect and products as well as education and dealing directly with the fair public.  Want to learn how to market honey? Come join us in Hutchinson. The 2017 Kansas State Fair runs from September 8 thru September 17, 2017, Friday thru Sunday.   That's a long stretch. So, treat yourself to a little vacation.

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2017 kansas honey producers FALL meeting! 

Joins us for a 2-day bee conference for all levels and commercial as well as hobbyist. Meeting October 27th & 28th, 2017 in Emporia, KS  (Friday & Saturday).

Organizers are busy planning.  Details are available here (download). We have three (3) important speakers coming. Hotel reservations should be made by September 27, 2017 for the best rates. Meet us in Emporia in October 2017! Come and learn from: 1) Dr. Young Park, the University of Arkansas; 2) Clint Walker from Dancing Bee Winery & Walker Honey Farm, Rogers TX; and 3) Rehah Carlson, Apitherapy specialist from Vermont.  Make your reservations ASAP. See you!

2017 Kansas Honey Producers (State Beekeeping Group) Meeting October 27 & 28, 2017 

KHPA 2017 Kansas Honey Producers Meeting Information  Friday and Saturday in Emporia, KS. 

Details are still being worked out. Registration and details are available now. Register via PayPal.

Our most recent NEKBA newsletter ..SEPTEMBER 2017 "Buzzer"... Meeting in Lawrence, KS ! 

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