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    Re: Need Plant ID

    Yeah, that's an interesting backstory on that plant. If only the settlers had listened to the natives...

    I have white snakeweed growing in a couple places on the edge of my pasture, but I don't...
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    Re: Need Plant ID

    The picture is kinda fuzzy, but it looks like it could be white snakeroot.
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    Re: Cover Crops and how close to hive???

    I see the same. Yesterday while doing inspections I saw bees working goldenrod just 10 feet from the hives--I'm assuming they were my bees, but don't have them tagged to confirm. My experience in...
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    Re: First Frost Thread.

    Yeah, you're right. The data (much more than what I've got) is already out there. But I still like keeping track of when things freeze in my own pasture--which isn't always the same as when things...
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    Re: No harvesting?

    As some others have suggested, you need to do a sugar roll (or some other method) to get mite loads on your hives. It's possible the Apivar has corrected the problem, but there are only a couple ways...
  6. Re: Anyone else use Mann Lake's Pro DFM? And if yes, what were the results?

    I've bounced back-and-forth between SuperDFM and ProDFM, depending on which I can get cheaper. For the last few years I've been mixing it in syrup during this time of year, and then sprinkling it...
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    Re: First Frost Thread.

    I've been tracking first frosts for a few years, and the average date for my bee yard is 21 October. So hopefully we've got another month of goldenrod, yellow ironweed, and cosmos flowers--all of...
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    Re: OAV and Brood damage

    And we all need to be a skeptic of anyone flaunting credentials like "Certified Master Bee Keeper." Beekeepers should be measured by their success in the bee yard, not by some certificate they picked...
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    Re: Introducing the Easy Vap Pro

    If I get a 500 watt inverter and hook it up to the same car battery I currently use for vaporizing, how many hives could I treat before I need to recharge the battery (if any)? Or would I need to...
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    Re: Todays Honey Prices!

    I give away quite a bit too. I think it's good idea for beekeepers to give their neighbors honey, because the neighbors may have to tolerate (from their point of view) things like bees in their pool...
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    Re: Todays Honey Prices!

    Good thing, gww, since we're nearly neighbors. You and I are pricing a bit below the average here in Missouri based on what I see on Facebook. Then again, there are some people selling 5-gallon...
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    Re: Todays Honey Prices!

    Gasp. I'm with you--a rising tide lifts all boats, so I hope she can get that. But it's about 450% more expensive than my prices. I did sell out too quickly this year, so maybe I should take a note...
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    Re: Shade ground cover nectar

    As Kuro said, you don't want English ivy. Speaking from experience, English ivy spreads like wildfire and is nearly impossible to kill. On top of that, I never saw any bees on mine, which was along a...
  14. Re: What is a "safe" late August mite count ?

    This time of year, as the populations of our colonies is in decline, you want to keep the mite load under 2%, according to the Honey Bee Health Coalition. That means anything over 6 mites per 300...
  15. Re: Crowdfunded Smart hive for helping bees, beekeepers, and bee researchers

    Looking forward to seeing your Kickstarter campaign link. Be sure to post it in this thread when it's live.
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    Re: How early can I pull the supers?

    There could be eggs in tiny cracks and crevices that you don't even notice--you certainly won't see the eggs themselves. My opinion is that you have to assume there are eggs in your boxes. You could...
  17. Re: Crowdfunded Smart hive for helping bees, beekeepers, and bee researchers

    Same question.
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    Re: Vacuum sealing mason jars of honey?

    I use the heat-shrink bands on my mason jars. They provide pretty good tamper-proofing. It doesn't do much about moisture getting in, but I tend to think new lids screwed on tightly shouldn't let any...
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    Re: How early can I pull the supers?

    As some others have stated, if you don't have a freezer to hold your supers, the best place for them is on the hive until you're ready to extract. Otherwise you're likely to end up with trash bags...
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    Re: Getting the most out of 1st Fall flow

    I've heard of people getting significant fall flows, but where I'm at in Missouri the goldenrod bloom isn't enough to get bees to pull comb. Maybe your area is different, but my bees consistently...
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    Re: New queen timeline

    For me personally, if I had a resource nuc and a failing colony this late in the year, I'd seriously consider combining them. I don't like to take nucs into winter anyway, so it'd be a way to get the...
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    Re: Science experiment ideas

    I'm assuming you've got a very limited amount of time to complete the experiment, so that limits some of my ideas. But something fairly simple like comparing the efficacy of two kinds of treatments...
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    Re: Missouri

    Over the last week I've seen yellow sweet blossom clover coming on strong, plus the catalpa trees have bloomed.

    Here's a picture of catalpa I just took at a local park:
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    Re: Bricks "language" for hive inspection

    Interesting to hear how you all do things. To be clear, these bricks are not my only form of hive tracking. I have a journal for detailed notes, plus a white board with each hive, its status, last...
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    Re: Bricks "language" for hive inspection

    I know this is an old thread, but I'm trying a painted brick system for tagging my hives this year. I just posted a short video if anyone's interested, but the basic idea is this:

    Brick on end =...
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