High Country Bee Edition 1, Volume 5, September, 2012

September 1, 2012 Tim Hardy blog

All–

Honey harvest time is here and September is National Honey Month!  Please read below for more information.

This production year was yet another interesting year.  Lots of beekeepers are reporting below average or nonexistent honey flows in their areas due to the ongoing drought.  Some beekeepers are reporting average to above average years.  One thing is certain, the number with lower honey production is greater than the number with higher than average production because honey prices are up–way up!  This is good and welcome news.  If you have not analyzed your pricing structure recently, perhaps now is the time to consider doing so.

A reminder that the CSBA has the labels required by the Cottage Industry bill available for purchase at cost.  If you have enough honey that you would like to sell some, please read the CSBA Cottage Industry section to understand your requirements and contact me at president@coloradobeekeepers.org to get the labels mailed to you.  The cost is $30 which includes mailing, if necessary.

September is National Honey Month!

The National Honey Board is offering free press kits to industry members to distribute to their local media for honey promotion throughout the month. They include honey recipes and brochures.  Want some?  Call the National Honey Board at 800-553-7162 or email Andrea@nhb.org.

Winter Meeting Friday evening November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd!

The CSBA Winter Meeting is right around the corner!  The featured speaker is Dennis vanEnglesdorp of the Bee Informed Partnership.  Dennis is a gifted speaker!  The Winter Meeting will be held at Roxborough State Park.  This year we will have a kickoff/meet the speaker party on Friday evening November 2nd from 7-9.  The kickoff party will feature some of our area mead makers and brewers as well as highlight a new partnership with Honeydrop beverages.  The main meeting will be held on Saturday, November 3rd from 9-5.  The agenda is finalized and FULL!  All information, including pre-registration forms, hotel discounts, agendas, maps, directions and speaker bios, will be posted to the CSBA website by the end of this month.

Driftwatch is LIVE!

Here is the content of the CDA letter:

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is excited to report that the Driftwatch Pesticide Sensitive Viewer program is up and running in the State of Colorado.

Driftwatch was designed in 2008 by staff from the Purdue University Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Agricultural Communications departments with input and support from Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists. By 2010, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota had joined Indiana in the Driftwatch Program. This year, with the help of EPA funding, Driftwatch is now available in Colorado.

Driftwatch was developed to help pesticide applicators, specialty crop growers and stewards of at-risk habitats to communicate more effectively to protect pesticide-sensitive areas. Driftwatch is not intended to be a registry for homeowners or sites less than half an acre.

The site features an easy-to-use Google Map interface that clearly shows applicators the locations of registered areas so they can take the appropriate precautions and if need be communicate with a Driftwatch participant before they spray.

Some of the sensitive crop areas, or data layers, that CDA registers in Colorado include beehives, certified organic crops and organic livestock, fruits, grapes, nursery crops, pumpkins, melons, tomatoes and vegetables. The Department will review and consider adding additional sensitive sites upon request by growers or applicators.

Registration is voluntary and simple.  For agricultural producers it involves going to the Colorado Driftwatch site, which is accessible through www.Driftwatch.org or through CDA’s website, where they will be directed how to register their field sites, commodity and contact information.  When commercial applicators register they will designate the area within the state they perform work, which will allow them to see Driftwatch participants located within that area.  Applicators can also receive an e-mail notifying them of newly registered growers in their designated area.

The Department would be happy to speak to your Association members to provide an overview of the Driftwatch program and answer any questions you may have.  You may contact John Scott at 303-239-4179 if you have any questions or to request a formal presentation of Driftwatch.

The Department looks forward to working with you!

I mapped 12 of my yards the other day and it took me approximately an hour.  Now THAT IS EASY TO USE!  Please take a moment to get your yards mapped.

But I don’t qualify for Driftwatch…

When I was president of NCBA, we started a mapping project on Google Earth.  That mapping project moved under the auspices of CSBA when I took the helm here.  It is a Google Earth map that is maintained by a single individual–a saint really– Michele Pelanne, and distributed to aerial applicators and the CDA.  If you live on less than 1/2 acre lot and would like your property to be mapped, please contact Michele at speedrock@oceantrigger.com.  Michele is also available to talk to your bee association and gives an engaging presentation, too!

 Allen Dennison

Thanks to all of you who attended the Allen Dennison presentations in Castle Rock and Berthoud.  Over 150 people attended the events.  The presentation was recorded and the CD’s are available to our member groups.  Please contact me if you would like them sent your way.  In addition, the presentations themselves and the supporting bibliography will be posted to the CSBA website as soon as Dr. Dennison sends them my way.  Hang tight–shouldn’t be too long.  We are both back in town…

As always, please feel free to email/call me with any suggestions or concerns you may have.  Thank you for being a member.

Beth

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