For the third year in a row, I’ll be helping out with the Heartland Apicultural Society (HAS) Conference and queen rearing course. This year we will be in St. Louis, MO, July 12 – 14th, University of Missouri. See full details of the conference, schedule, and registration info at www.heartlandbees.com.
Greg Hunt and Krispn Given from the Purdue University Bee Lab will be doing the full planning of the short course this year. In years past, other’s to help out with the instruction have included Larry Connor (Wicwas Press), John Skinner (Univ. of TN), and Garrett Dodds (USDA-ARS).
I highly recommend an introductory course (especially this one) as you learn how to raise queens. But be sure that no amount of coursework is a substitute for practice, practice, and some patience. However, courses are great for both an overview and those little key pieces of information that make an enormous difference to your beekeeping operation. We demonstrate steps in raising queens, in the apiary, with the bees. There is nothing like the experience of actually doing a task (like shaking loads of bees into a swarm box) to add clarity to your understanding of how something works. Hope to see you there, or at an HAS in the future.