Spring has finally sprung across the U.S. and Southern regions are experiencing good nectar flows and adding supers! For the Northern region we’re just starting to see the last of the snow melt and some nectar flows have been seen in middle of the country and mid-atlantic. Everyone’s getting excited!
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Here is a list of the typical work to be done during a Vermont April.
Go through all hives, on a 60+ degree day, clean bottom boards, check all brood frames for AFB(2X this month), other diseases, mites.Evaluate queens, brood patterns, food reserves. Mark colonies to re-queen. Begin to equalize colonies; reverse strong colonies end of the month. Apply medications and mite controls as needed.
(Activities by month may vary due to location, elevation and weather conditions of your particular site.)
The Sierra Club of the Upper Valley Group, and Vermont Law School's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems are sponsoring a free public event on Saturday, April 18th 9:00am to 4:00pm.
The Capitol City Farmers' Market is currently looking for Honey Vendors for the 2015 season.
If you are interested, please contact Carolyn Grodinsky at 802.223.2958 for additional information and details.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has received approval from the EPA for the sale and use of HopGuard II in Vermont. HopGuard II offers a relatively benign method of varroa control that can be used throughout the beekeeping season, following the manufacturers recommendations and directions.
HopGuard II is a product produced by BetaTec Hop Products.
The national distributor of HopGuard II is Mann Lake Ltd. Please visit their website to learn more or to place an order.
This video by BetaTec shows how HopGuard II is applied to a hive. See Video
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