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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 ! 

  • OPEN! - Next Meet-up on June 12, 2017 
  • 2nd Monday of the month thru Aug 14th.
  • Apr 24, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14
  • 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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The Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers Association is a 501(c)5 non-profit organization.

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!! 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.

Bee Funday 2017 !  Saturday, June 3, 2017  

Beginning, Intermediate, & Advanced Beekeeper's program for people interested in the wonderful world of bees & beekeeping.  This is a great way to learn more about beekeeping and meet many talented and "seasoned" beekeepers in the area that are known and recognized at the local, regional, national, and even international levels.

 
When:  
Saturday, June 3rd, 2017       Registration: 7:45-8:45AM,  Programs until 5:00PM       

NEKBA Bee Fun Day Lawrence KS
Where:  
Douglas County Fairgrounds 2110 Harper 2 blocks north of K-10/23rd St


Who:  2017 Special Guests:  Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, UMN Bee Lab alumnus and now Bee Lab professor at U of Lincoln Nebraska; Jennifer A Berry, Bee Researcher & Lab Manager from the University of Georgia; Scott Debnam, a graduate of the University of Montana Wildlife Biology program and has 14 years experience managing the research colonies; Dr Marion Ellis from Nebraska well as our very own Dr. Chip Taylor,  Unv of KS  Professor, Biologist, Researcher, founder of Monarch Watch. 


 2017 Bee Funday Flyer (download)  & 2017 Bee Funday Schedule (download)  &  May 2017 "Buzzer" Newsletter (download)

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)

NEKBA is your Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers' Association.

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.

May 2017   What you should be doing this month for the Honey Flow 

​As part of your seasonal management, it's time to get ready for what spring/summer bring the bees. For beekeepers with 2nd year colonies and beyond, it' time to add honey supers, if you haven't already done so.  


It is time to add another super when the honey super on a colony is one-half to two-thirds filled (six to seven frames). A few drawn frames can be moved up into an empty foundation super to encourage the bees to move up.


• Supers of cut comb honey foundation should be added on top of the honey super, which is on top of the brood chamber, to reduce the amount of pollen in the cut comb honey.   


  •  Keep empty storage space in the supers on all colonies until the honey flow has ended.


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

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 66-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. 

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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Contact US by ​email: beekeepers@NEKBA.org

  1. We've added more pages but kept them shorter to keep your attention longer 
  2. NEW! We've added a calendar pagefor the meetings and events, andweather360.
  3. Ideas?  Contact US by ​email: beekeepers@NEKBA.org

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

SIGN UP! using SignupGenius (currently not applicable as-of March 2017). 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, 2016, Friday thru Sunday.

That's a long stretch. So, treat yourself to a little vacation.

GOOD FELLOWSHIP & GOOD BEEKEEPING

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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 will be announced here when available later approximately mid-summer 2017.

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. We will post the information and registrations when it's available. 

Our most recent NEKBA newsletter ...​ May 2017 "Buzzer" (download)

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EXPLORING THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF BEEKEEPING  TOGETHER

For honey bees and beekeepers, we give each season our best effort in making an indispensable contribution to our rich and healthy environment. It is not just because we have a special delicacy but due to our passion and responsibility to the world in which we all live.

Leavenworth County Fair 2016

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 2016 fair was from Tuesday thru Saturday, July 26th thru July 30th, at the fairgrounds in Tonganoxie, Kansas  405 W 4th St, Tonganoxie, KS 66086   (more LVCO info)  (FB page)

Johnson County Fair 2016

Fair is always a family event- even watching livestock! Monday, August 1st thru Saturday, August 6th, 2016. Thanks for visiting our beekeeping booth! It was a warm (hot) few days in August. (more JOCO info)  "Blue Jeans & Country Dreams" is the 2016 JOCO Fair theme.  (FB page)

​​​​​​​​Upon finalization of your PayPal transaction, you should get a PayPal confirmation email. An email is also sent to the Treasurer, which will be used as your registration. No  paperwork needs to be completed sent. Have any questions, you may email. We'll respond as soon as possible. Thank you for your support! 

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 1.9MB)
  2. ​Managing Small Hive Beetles, Jon Zawislak, Univ. of Arkansas, Div. of Ag.  (.pdf download 424KB)
  3. Small Hive Beetle: A Potential Pest in Honey Bee Colonies in Oregon, Dr. Dewy Caron, et al (.pdf download 835KB)
  4.  MAAREC Small Hive Beetle Fact Sheet-Revised 2015 (.pdf download 379KB)​​​​



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NEKBA Honey Extractor Rental Program  CLOSED UNTIL JULY 2017
Need to extract your honey? You can rent the club's radial & motorized honey extractor for a nominal $30 fee, available to current and active association members. Please read the Rules & Info and review the reservation list (as-of 9-23-2016) for openings. Send a reservation request via email to: beekeepers@nekba.org. We'll get back to you asap.  2-day rental limit. The extractor holds 6 medium (Illinois-sized super) frames only - sorry no larger frame sizes.