If you are a member and have anything that you feel is important to chemical free beekeeping, please email it to me. I will post it in this section in a future issue. Thank you. Dennis

Where ever you live in the world you should apply the information on working your bees that is given below when the weather conditions in your area are right. So take notes and be ready.

Cletus Notes

There has been a lot of talk over the years regarding standard wax foundation (5.4 mm) VS. small cell foundation (4.9) when it comes to mite activity. There are those who say that the small cell foundation is better because fewer mites will be able to breed inside the cells. That statement is true but, there is more to think about before you make a move to using the small cell foundation. Most of the European honeybees that we have been raising for generations are comfortable living on our standard 5.4 mm foundation and would actually have to be trained to work with the smaller 4.9 mm foundation. The bees can eventually learn to live on the smaller foundation but, it is a process to get them to adapt. If you have several hives and want all of them to live on the 4.9 mm foundation, you have your work cut out for you. The bees tend to make the cell size that they are used to over the top of the smaller cell foundation such as they do when they make their own foundation comb over the Plastic foundation a lot of times.

Even though you will find fewer mites in each small cell, there are more cells on a sheet of foundation because of the smaller size. You can't look at just an individual cell, you have to look at the entire picture. Because you have more cells, the benefit of the smaller cell is cancelled out by the extra number of cells.

In my opinion, because 80% + of the mite population is found in Drone cells, it is not worth all the hassle to convert from the standard cell size to the smallers cell size. There are no benefits to changing.

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 This information was sent in by "Teddi Irwin". I hope you will attend. I will be there to teach and enjoy all the other activities. Dennis

2012 HOMESTEAD EVENT
Saturday - September 29 – 8 AM to 4 PM                                                                                           Events are in the shade - free parking with wagon transportation from car to event area

    ADMISSION FREE

REGISTER BY MAIL OR  EMAILTO WIN FOOD BASKET VALUED AT $150.00

 

Register for a chance to win a food basket worth $150.00 to be given at the Homestead Event

Email your name to register to teddi@inagoodway.org

Or mail to IN A GOOD WAY, 13359 SE 1101 Ave, Talihina, OK  74571

Must be present, over 18 and show ID to win

 

EVENT LOCATION

13359 SE 1101 Avenue (Coon Hunter Rd)
Corner Coon Hunter Rd and Pear Grove Rd
Talihina, OK 74571
GPS 34.721051,-95.145829

PRESENTATIONS
HOW TO BUILD A HOOP HOUSE – AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
RAINWATER HARVESTING – AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

OK AGRI PLASTIC CULTURE WILL INSTALL RAISED BEDS AND PLASTIC MULCH  INSIDE HOOP HOUSE AND GARDEN DAY OF EVENT
HOW TO RAISE CHEMICAL FREE BEES – LIVE BEES WILL NOT BE USED IN DEMO
CHOCTAW CULTURAL PRESERVATION

Pottery Making * Basket Weaving * Beading * Tool Making * Story Telling * Flute Making * Dress Making
ALPACA DISPLAY

CHOCTAW DANCING
HOW TO BUILD SOLAR PANELS
HOW AND WHY TO BUILD A SOLAR  FOOD DEHYDRATOR
RECYCLE * REUSE * REPURPOSE

How to build a green house using empty water bottles * Knitting with Plarn * Making a cooler using flower pots * Reuse of prescription bottles * Collage from throw aways *

Making jewelry from magazines
QUILT DISPLAY AND QUILTING BEE-- FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO SEW A STITCH

 

 FOOD AND BEVERAGE SALE
Bottled water and Sassafras Tea
Baked goods
Native American lunches
All lunches include an entree, cornbread, and tea (Lipton or Sassafras)
Entrees to choose from
Tanchi Labona (hominy and pork)
Choctaw Hunters Stew (venison, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, and carrots)                                                                                                                                                    Red beans and ground beef

Lunch will be served from 11 – 2                                                                                                               TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE AT 8 AM AT INFORMATION TABLE

 

Bring a lawn chair so you can sit and enjoy the presentations.
For further information call 918-567-3313 or email teddi@inagoodway.org

 

DOOR PRIZES WILL BE GIVEN HOURLY

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 Researchers Search forViruses to Save Honey Bees.            

In an effort to save the dwindling honeybee population researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are looking to viruses to help treat one of the most destructive and widespread bee brood diseases in the United States. They report their findings today at the 2012 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

 "Our food supply depends on the actions of millions of insects such as the common honeybee. Due to the importance of honeybees a pollinators in the agriculture of the United States and therefore the current and future food supply, honeybee health is of great concern," says Diane Yost, a researcher on the study.

 American Foulbrood Disease (AFB) is the most widespread and destructive brood disease affecting honeybees. It is caused by a bacterial pathogen, Paenibacillus larvae. Young honeybee larvae become infected when they ingest the bacterial spores in their food. Infected larvae normally die after their cells are sealed. The bacteria eventually die as well, but not before producing millions of spores.

While there are some chemical treatments that can be used to hold AFB in check, they must be continued indefinitely. Once the treatment is suspended the American foulbrood spores germinate successfully again leading to a disease outbreak. Because the spores can survive up to 40 years, many states require diseased hives to be burned completely.

 Yost and her colleagues are researching an alternative treatment for AFB. They are focusing on using bacteriophages, viruses that infect and kill specific bacteria, to target the bacteria responsible for AFB and eventually treat the disease.

 "If an effective remedy for the disease could be developed, hives that are infected with the pathogen could be treated rather than burned, which is currently the only effective treatment," says Yost.

 The researchers conducted an extensive search for phage from environmental sources including samples from desert and garden soils, beehives, flowers, compost and cosmetics containing beeswax. Nearly 100 samples were tested for the presence of phages. A total of 31 phages were isolated and each were subsequently tested against 8 different strains of the AFB pathogen. The researchers identified 3 phages that had activity against all 8 strains of the bacteria.

 "These results demonstrate that bacteriophages capable of infecting P. larvae are present in the natural environment, and these phages may represent the first step in developing a potential treatment for AFB," says Yost.

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 The EPA Denies Petition Seeking Emergency Suspension of Clothianidin and Releases Petition for Public Review

 The EPA is denying a petition requesting emergency suspension of clothianidin based on imminent hazard. The agency will, however, be taking comment  from the public for 60 days on the petition’s request for cancellation of clothianidin. The agency received the petition from a group of beekeepers, Beyond Pesticides, Pesticide Action Network of North America and others on March 20, 2012. The petition alleges that clothianidin poses an “imminent hazard,” requiring swift regulatory action to protect bees. After considering the petition and the supporting information, the EPA is denying the request to suspend clothianidin use because the petition fails to show that an imminent hazard to bees exists.  Under the FIFRA standard, suspension is appropriate only if there exists a substantial likelihood of serious, imminent harm. Having reviewed the petition and supporting information, the EPA does not believe there is a substantial likelihood of imminent serious harm from the use of clothianidin. Specifically, the EPA does not believe the petition demonstrates that the use of clothianidin is causing or will cause: significant reduction in populations of domestic bees or native pollinators, significant decreases in honey production, serious effects on other agricultural systems as a result of decreases in pollination services or a reduction in pollination of wild plants in a way that may alter ecosystems.

EPA is continuing its comprehensive scientific evaluation on all the neonicotinoid pesticides, including clothianidin. This extensive review will determine if any restrictions are necessary to protect people, the environment, or pollinators.  Also, in September, EPA will seek independent scientific peer review on how to better assess the risks of pesticides to pollinators.  This effort will improve our understanding and strengthen the scientific and regulatory process to protect honey bees and other pollinators. 

 The EPA's response denying the petition is available at regulations.gov under docket EPA HQ-OPP-2012-0334.

 A Federal Register notice next week will open a 60-day comment period on the remaining issues in the petition. The EPA will respond to the entirety of the petition at a later date after it has obtained and reviewed any public comments.

 In the same Federal Register notice, the EPA will announce the availability of the final work plan for clothianidin’s re-evaluation under Registration Review and its response to comments received during the initial public comment period for the registration review of clothianidin. 

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 This article was sent in by member David Blacklock.

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