I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
See you in 2022.
The Nevada County Beekeepers Association is a diverse group of professionals and hobbyist, men and women, young and old, with a keen interest in promoting the well being of honey bees and their habitat while enjoying their amazing benefits. The NCBA strives to promote education on beekeeping and agriculture by providing the latest news and techniques in these fields.
The club members meet once a month on the first Monday at 7pm and visitors are always welcome. All meetings are held in the Veterans Memorial Building at 255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA. Entrance is off the back parking lot, in Grass Valley at 7pm. The August meeting is always moved to the County Fair Grounds with a fair booth clean up following by a barbeque social.
Join our lively question and answer session starting promptly at 7pm followed by refreshments, brief business discussion, raffle and a great program.
Winter has arrived. When cold weather and rain first hit, most of our colonies shut down broodrearing. But then it warmed a bit, and I’m seeing pollen foragers bringing in a lot of fluorescent-orange loads of rust fungus spores, and packing them into the broodnests.
This influx of “pollen” triggered the nurse bees to reinitiate broodrearing. The problem then is, that rust fungus spores are either nutritionally incomplete or possibly toxic. So the nurses just wear themselves out by trying to rear a bunch of failing brood. What we do when this is occurring is to feed some high-quality pollen sub in order to give the nurses a supplemental nutritous diet.
Grass Valley, CA