March 2 – 3, 2018
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Dr. James E. Tew is the Beekeeping Specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University and Emeritus Professor, The Ohio State University. Jim has taught classes, provided extension services, and conducted applied research on honey bees and honey bee behavior – specifically pollination behavior. He contributes monthly articles for national beekeeping publications and has written: Beekeeping Principles, Wisdom for Beekeepers, The Beekeeper’s Problem Solver, and Backyard Beekeeping. He is a frequent speaker at state and national meetings and has traveled extensively to observe beekeeping techniques. Dr Tew will give the following presentations:
1. Winning and losing at swarm control and management
Swarming is one of the bees’ primary behaviors. In natural conditions, it is critical to this species survival. Yet, a lost swarm is lost resources to the beekeeper. This presentation discusses swarm management and accepting the occasional swarm loss.
2. The frustrating truth about modern queen management
Queens have become increasingly expensive. Yet many advisors still recommend routinely requeening functional colonies. Queen management recommendations are evolving, but some frustrations still remain. This presentation discusses changing attitudes toward queens and queen replacement. [Read More…]