Category Archives: Steppler Honey

November 8 2018

I was invited down to Wisconsin Rapids last week to speak on everything beekeeping. They told me over 200 registered for attendance. I met quite a few interesting people, beekeepers of all stripes. Sandy and I did not get an opportunity to buy any of our own meals 🙂 We were treated like Royalty. Both my presentations were well received. I am kind of out of my element speaking infront of crowds…especially the attention afterwards! It was the same in Nova Scotia, lots of interesting beekeepers interested in beekeeping, my favorite type.

My speaking doesn’t end here. I have been active with the MBA and we recently sat down with Miles Beaudin (Director of Primary Agriculture), Anastasia Kubinec (Manager of Crop Industry Development), and Tracey Drabyk-Zirk (Rural Leadership Specialist) to speak specifically towards the industry priorities outlined during our Ministers meeting back in August. I use to have trouble speaking up at anytime during any social setting. During that meeting my voice was heard.

Next week I have been invited to the Red River Apiarist Association to sit on a beekeeper panel. I am looking forward to this. Then later in the month Ive been asked to speak at the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Association Convention held in Saskatoon. Two days, two presentations! Sandy and I will be driving up with a trailer load of cattle, as we deliver animals along the way 🙂

The snow has crept up on us, the cold has ended all land work and rushed all of our cattle facility maintenance work. At least the bees are in, well mostly…my last load still sits on the truck parked in the winter shed. I need to find time to get that load sorted into its spot within the winter shed ha ha!

Meetings & Events

I’ve been asked to speak on:

-Switching to a Self Sustainable Queen Rearing Operation (small scale commercial queen rearing, multi queen nuc management)
-Beekeeping Techniques Used on the Canadian Prairies (Ezyloader, Escspes, Extraction Facility, Indoor Wintering)

I’ve got lots to say but only 2 presentations! Looking forward to the event

Chipping away at the corn as fast as the drier would operate. The wet bins are full, we have finished the last of the corn, harvest is done for 2018.

October 20 2018

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!

October 4 2018

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!

September 30 2018

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.

September 22 2018

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.