Upcoming workshop provides the buzz on honeybees

If you want to eat the perfect biscuit, grab it straight from the oven, smother it in butter, and drizzle some honey over the top. Groomed like that, one biscuit calls for one more. The ingredient that makes it complete is the honey and we wouldn’t have the honey without the honey bees.

The interest in bee keeping is exploding and can be a wonderful hobby or even a business venture. Many people value local honey over the commercially produced honey. However, getting started and maintaining bee colonies is not the simplest thing to do. In an effort to promote beekeeping in the area, Frontier Extension District will be hosting a Free Honey Bee Workshop. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. April 14, at Celebration Hall, 220 W. 17th St., Ottawa, Kan.

Sharon Dobesh, Kansas State University bee specialist, will present information for both the novice and experienced beekeeper. She will demonstrate equipment used in keeping bees and have an open question and answer period for a host of different topics. Topics may include feeding bees in the summer time, pest control, plants that make the best honey, expanding honey bee population, to whatever is on a person’s mind.

The importance of honey bees should not be underestimated. In addition to producing a delicious condiment, honey bees are important pollinators. Honey bees were imported from Europe during the 1600s. Many of our fruit and vegetables are dependent on the honey bees and others for pollination.

However, honey bees have been under pressure for the last several years to maintain their population. Due to the extreme cold, many hives have not survived the winter. Colony collapse disorder has also plagued the bee population. There have been other issues such as poor nutrition during drought years, parasites like the Varroa mites and other pest and viruses. Insecticides have taken some of the blame for the decrease in honey bee numbers. Insecticides are needed to protect crops from certain pests, but may kill beneficial insects such as bees if they are present during application of the insecticide. For this reason producers are encouraged to spray insecticides early in the morning or late evening when honey bees are not as active.

Plan to attend this free workshop to learn more about honey bees. For more information about the meeting, contact Frontier Extension District’s Garnett Office at 785-448-6826 or the Lyndon office at 785-828-4438, or email Shannon Blocker [email protected] or Rod Schaub at [email protected].

Information and photo thanks to Frontier Extension District.

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