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Observation . Contemplation. Implementation. Will these actions make us better beekeepers?. Surplus Honey ?. What is Surplus Honey?. Many beekeepers remove what honey they c onsider surplus honey in late summer or early autumn. This practice began in the late 19 th century.

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Observation

Contemplation

Implementation

Will these actions make us better beekeepers?

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Surplus Honey ?

  • What is Surplus Honey?
  • Many beekeepers remove what honey they consider
  • surplus honey in late summer or early autumn.
  • This practice began in the late 19th century.
  • Until then, beekeepers left all the honey on the hive
  • until the spring nectar flow was underway.

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Some Beekeepers I’ve studied

And what they had in common.

Lorenzo Langstroth

Frank C. Pellett

Harry J. Whitcombe

Dr. C. C. Miller

Jim Bunch

Bob Fanning

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Lorenzo Langstroth

  • Kept a journal.
  • Discovered bee space, and invented removable frames.
  • His actions made commercial beekeeping possible.
  • Quote from 41st addition of ABC&XYZ of Bee Culture.
  • “It was all made possible by a simple observation
  • by an observant individual.”

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Frank C. Pellett

  • Life time beekeeper, learned from Grandfather.
  • First Iowa State Apiarist.
  • “Understanding of the relationship of cause and effect”.
  • “When one becomes to fully understand all that is represented in the combs, he is well on his
  • way to success”.
  • “Every locality will present peculiar problems of its own which must be recognized by the successful beekeeper.”
  • “Beekeeping requires careful attention to details”

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Harry J. Whitcombe

  • Began beekeeping at age seven.
  • Supplemented his family’s income, and paid his way through College.
  • Author of ‘Bees are my Business’.
  • Pioneered in the study of pollination.
  • Led fight against DDT.
  • Successfully transported and supplied bees using aircraft, not trains.

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Dr. C. C. Miller

  • Medical Doctor who gave up his profession to become a full time beekeeper.
  • Contributor to Bee Culture Magazine, and Author of
  • “Fifty Years Among the Bees.”
  • Quotes

“A born Beekeeper never loses his enthusiasm”

“If everything in the business of beekeeping were fully

settled and we knew before hand just exactly the right

step to take in any given case there wouldn’t be nearly as much fun in it.”

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Jim Bunch

Jim’s Valley Apiaries

  • Vertically Integrated Company.
  • Six Warehouses from California to Alberta Canada with
  • with the home office in Sunnyside, Washington.
  • Began Jim’s Valley Apiaries in 1946.
  • Pollination Services in 1966 with 28,000 Colonies.
  • Employed Thirty people in the summer time.
  • Championed fight against DDT, and Sevin losses.
  • Family history in Beekeeping beginning in Alabama.
  • Father Lynn Bunch, and Grandfather Spring Bunch.

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Bob Fanning

Almer’s Apiaries

  • Held offices in the MCBA and the Alabama State
  • Beekeeper Association.
  • Alabama Beekeeper of the Year.
  • Teaches the MCBA Beekeeping Classes, and has inspired many people in beekeeping.
  • Family history of beekeeping. Father “Almer Fanning”
  • was a successful beekeeper in Madison County Alabama.
  • Through observation, Contemplation, and Implementation Bob developed a swarm capturing method.

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Ending Notes

  • Beekeeping begins locally, and expands regionally.
  • Making money very fast in agriculture usually ends in
  • disaster for farmers and the land.

Thank You !

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