This blog explains how I keep bees. It works for me, it might not work for you. Use my methods at your own risk. Always wear protective clothing and use a smoker when working bees.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Closing Out all extractors

We are closing out all remaining extractors in stock.
We have two new in the box three frame hand crank extractors $369.00 each
Also, our three frame hand crank rental extractors $325.00 each

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Give To The Max Today

Today is Give to the Max Day. Please support your local non profit or schools. A donation today makes all of our communities better off. Minnesotans have always been generous giving a helping hand to our friends and neighbors.
 This is a give to the max link to the UMN Bee Lab. What a better cause for beekeepers to help fund the very organization that mentors and researches the bees that we all love.
Let's Help the Bee Lab Go Viral

Give to the Max to the Bee Lab

Goal $ 10,000.00
Help the Bee Lab Go Viral
The U of M Bee Lab & Bee Squad have an exciting opportunity that could result in a new understanding of how varroa mite infestations and different strains of deformed wing virus interact to lead to honey bee colony death. Understanding these virus strains in honey bees is an essential piece of the honey bee health puzzle that beekeepers and researchers have been working hard to solve.
The Bee Lab has the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Declan Schroeder, Professor of Virology and Veterinary and Population Medicine at the University of Minnesota.  He came to the University this year and has done ground breaking viral work in other parts of the world. 
Through sampling, this project will connect Bee Squad’s Hive to Bottle apiaries--hosted at museums, businesses, and in backyards--with virologists, bringing the concept of citizen science to a new level.
Help us green-light this inter-laboratory research collaboration by making your gift today. Your contribution will support the work of the Bee Lab and Bee Squad in monitoring over 100 colonies across the Twin Cities and collecting samples monthly throughout 2019.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Forever Green Project from the Univ of MN

I attended the MN Hobby Beekeepers monthly meeting tonight. The guest speaker was Dr Don Wyse. He gave a presentation of a project that he and his research team from the U of MN is working on, called Forever Green.
 Forever Green is a plan to change the farm landscape from what it is today, a two crop (corn and soybeans) to a multi crop diversified landscape that promotes harvest-able cover crops. These cover crops will change the landscape with more economic opportunities for farmers, better soil conservation, better and safer water quality, more pollinator forage, and better protection of our natural resources.
 What this means for beekeepers. Less pesticide use, more bee forage ( the potential could be millions of acres), cleaner water for the bees. The landscape could change from beekeepers, at the present most beekeepers are staying away from corn and soybean fields. With the Forever Green project. beekeepers may start actively looking for corn and soybean fields for larger nectar sources. Some of these plant cover crops bloom at times of the year when bees need forage that may not be widely available.  One of the plants for example, Pennycress, blooms in April. Imagine large farm fields blooming in April when bees are looking for pollen and nectar sources.
 This initiative is supported by large food manufacturers such as General Mills and  Pepsico to name a few. General Mills has committed to lower their carbon usage by 30%. They need this type of ag initiative to help achieve this goal.
Here is a couple links for more information:
Forever Green https://www.forevergreen.umn.edu/
 New Crops Hold Economic Promise 
 Here the website explains strategy and plant types
A brief YouTube Video about the project:

Friday, November 9, 2018

Cold Weather Moving In

The weather is going south for the short term. It would be a good idea to cover your hives now. It is going to turn windy with below normal temperatures.
Bees can handle cold with no problem. It is the cold wind that bites into a colony.
The cold weather was a surprise for most of us.  Many beekeepers have not treated with Oxalic Acid yet. Rainy weather on the weekends have cut into our treatment timing. Feeding with this cold weather may be impossible. The bees will be clustered off the feed and will more than likely not taking not taking syrup.
 It looks like late next week the temps may get into the 40's again, so hopefully the weather gives us a break for a few days so we can finish up our late fall bee work.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Nature's Nectar LLC has gone solar

We have been concerned for a long time about the environment.
Global warming, the huge die off of insects and mammals from the planet. This is our part to help make the world a better place. We set up a solar system that should cover most of our electric consumption.
 The system is a 16.5 kilo watt system. This means the system can generate a peak performance of 16.5 kw per hour in a full midday sun. Solar systems start generating electricity when sunlight hits the panels. The wattage may be low in the morning, then peak midday, and moving lower as the sun goes down in the afternoon.
 Our solar system is grid tied. This means whatever solar that we are not using, the power goes back to the grid and we will get a credit from Xcel energy on our bill. So far after a month of being turned on, we have generated over 1200 kw of power. Not bad for the short days and a cloudy October.
 If you are thinking of a solar system, now is the time to consider it. Right now there is a 30% federal tax credit available for systems installed through 2019. In my case, Xcel energy also pays me $1300.00 per year for 10 years for the renewable energy credits. These two payments will cover half the cost of my system. Plus my electrical bill will be pretty much non existent.
 If you are interested in something like this, or want to see the system, you are welcome to stop by or call me for more information.
This is the company that did the install:
or contact Jeff for more info: jeff.wiberg@allenergysolar.com>

Friday, November 2, 2018