Dave Shenefield, President
301 S Main Street, LaFontaine, IN
Danny Slabaugh, Vice-President
26123 County Road 52, Nappanee, IN 46550
Barry McNulty, Secretary
16590 Audubon Court, Noblesville, IN 46060
Debbie Seib, Treasurer
7784 N. Sanctuary Lane, Mooresville, IN 46158
Here is a list of the Executive Board for the IBA. Feel free to contact them with questions.
What a year this has been. It started out like it would be a near normal year. Then came the month of June. It rained every day but 2 with record rainfall. While June and July are the best Honey producing months normally, at least north of Indianapolis. We usually put on around 300 comb honey supers during this time. This year we put on 30, with only half of them being filled. Since this occurred, I was sure the honey crop would be a total flop. I had learned from past years that if soybeans were drought stressed they would produce honey. This year I learned that if they were water stressed they would do the same. Another important thing to remember when Mother Nature takes away a honey flow during the spring or summer you usually get a fall flow. Since last year we had none, this year most beekeepers reported a good fall flow.
I have received several calls from the public about honeybees being in or around their house. Most of these were yellow jackets but they call because they do not want to kill honeybees. It's great to hear how the public has been educated and made aware of how important honeybees are to all of us.
Another year at the Indiana Sate Fair for us to sell great Indiana honey products and honey ice-cream is over. What a great opportunity for us to educate the public about honeybees and local honey. A BIG THANKS to all the volunteers. Without you it would not be possible. During the Fair I met with the Lt. Governor and top Agriculture Leaders about the status of honeybees and beekeepers in Indiana. Also, I attended the Pesticide Review Board Meeting at Purdue earlier this month. While most of the Pollinator Protection Plan has been turned over to the Indiana Department of Agriculture. It is important that we still attend these meetings to insure beekeeper representation and input on what we are seeing. They are planning on printing a flyer to help in educating the public and farming community on honeybee safety with the use of Pesticides.
Later next week, I will be having a fun filled day of speaking to 450 fourth graders. That's groups of 15 at a time in fifteen minute sessions. It will be a full day event on teaching them about the importance of honeybees. We will have a lot of fun. I will be putting a veil on volunteers and have them use the smoker to pretend working a bee hive. There will be honey stixs for all.
On information that I have been hearing from Beekeepers, good to OK honey crops and untreated colonies are crashing from mites.
Since we are doing a special mailing, we will not publish a newsletter this quarter. The special mailing will include the information about the fall meeting.
David Shenefield, President
Indiana Beekeep ers' Association