Sandy and I were invited out to Nova Scotia this week to attend the NSBA annual meeting. I spoke to a great turn today of roughly 100 Nova Scotia Beekeepers and indulged them into a day of prairie Beekeeping.
Finally met Ben and Amanda Little, Ben, a beekeeper I’ve known online for quite some time. Great people great scenery and great food. We want to come back!
We got off the soybeans with 3 hours to spare before the rain and then snow fell. A test on the corn read 26%, to tough aswell as the sunflowers. Wet cold weather has settled in and might linger for a while. The decision to bring in another combine this past weekend was a good investment. In the bin and out of harms way. Who knows what is ahead of us!
We called in a class 8 9540 Massey Ferguson combine this weekend. We have 1000 acres of soys, corn and sunflowers ahead of us and we have learnt not to trust October weather…call in the big gun early, not late. We received 2 nights of hard frost over the weekend, which is good. It will help dry down the wet corn and sunflower crop and quicken things up. The drier has run 24 hr for the last week on fields not as wet.
For me harvest has started on July 16 with honey. I’ve been involved with pulling in the farm’s lucrative bounty continuously since then. We have the corn silage chopped and in s pile now. We pulled into the beans and fired the drier to start the corn. The weather pressures are close to being lifted as we take off these late season crops. The work doesn’t end but the harvest stress does.
September 8-15th is the Pollinator Partnership’s second annual Mite-A-Thon and you are invited to participate!
The Mite-A-Thon is a Tri-national (Canada, United States, and Mexico) effort to raise awareness about honey bee colony Varroa infestations levels in North America.
Mite level data including apiary location, total number of honey bee colonies, number of colonies tested, local habitat, and the number of Varroa mites counted from each tested colony is to be uploaded to the following website: www.mitecheck.com
The underlying goal of this initiative is to encourage beekeepers to simply monitor for Varroa Mites in their honey bee colonies.