This is the first of two posts about the VSBA 2015 Fall Meeting. See my prior post for a short summary of the meeting. This post is about the two talks given by Dr. David Tarpy on queen quality and the bee testing clinic at the North Carolina State University (NCSU).
CCBA Honeycomb: The Appetite of Laborers Works for Them
The post continues my summary of the presentations at the CCBA Conference this past weekend. The prior post discussed the presentations from Tom Seeley, this post shares the two presentations from Vermont beekeeper Michael Palmer. I should state up front that Palmer gives these presentations around the world, and both are available on YouTube. While I knew of him as a beekeeper, I was not familiar with his theories and found the sessions quite enjoyable. Continue reading
Song of the Queen Bee
I had the privileged of spending some time with beekeeper Chris Hewitt yesterday. Chris is in his 9th year of beekeeping, and one of 13 beekeepers in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Russian Breeders program. I have ordered two nucs from him for my Langstroth hives, and he invited me to visit his home apiary. We spoke and toured his house and yard for over two hours, and with his permission I thought I would share some of the highlights. Continue reading