The Beekeepers Association of the Ozarks is a non-profit organized November 11, 1974, and was formed to engage in activities promoting the common interest of beekeeping and the general welfare of the honey bee. Currently we have over 200 members that cover Greene and the surrounding counties.
We meet on the 4th Tuesday of every month. Q&A starts at 6:00 PM, with the meeting to follow.
It's that time of the year folks, Swarm Season. You might start hearing about or seeing pictures of bee swarms on social media. There is even a chance you could encounter one yourself! The first thing we recommend is DON'T PANIC! Bees that are swarming typically have more important things to worry about than you, and as long as they are not threatened will not retaliate. Contact anyone you know who is experienced with safely removing bees that will ensure they have a good home to move to. DO NOT CALL AN EXTERMINATOR! CALL US at 417-319-1539 or contact one of our members in your area below:
Field Days are held in member's beeyards so each location is different. We do not publish the location of member's beeyards, so, you must RSVP to attend a field day. Please contact the field day leader for details about the location directions and the field conditions.
Field days are offered by these beekeepers as an opportunity to learn more about beekeeping and to see different operations. They are an invaluable learning opportunity and gift. You will see different hive styles, bee breeds, tools, equipment and different management styles.
Many of these yards have no facilities (no bathrooms, no food or water), so please come prepared for a day in the field. Many of these yards do not have specific addresses so you will need directions to the meeting spot. Please do not assume we are meeting at a member's house.
Saturday, 25 June
Topics: Swarm season is ususally over. Making room in the hives during a honey flow. Adding supers. Honey production. Queen rearing.
Location: East side of Springfield
Topics: Performing Mite counts
Saturday, 09 July
Topics: Dusty has multiple colonies including a colony in a tree trunk. Summer management, possibly honey harvesting.
Location: Dusty Cruise's place, Marshfield.
Contact: Dusty Cruise and Jeffrey Maddox
Saturday, 23 July
Topics: Mark has a younger apiary with some new colonies. Collecting honey supers/frames. Summer management.
Location: Mark Ambrose's place, Everton, MO
Saturday, 06 August
Topics: Honey extraction at Val's honey house. Professional honey extraction.
Location: 4 miles north of Springfield
Contact: You must sign up on the registration sheets at the club meetings.
Wednesday, 17 August
Topics: Late summer management. Start preparing for winter! Varroa management? Now is the time to treat.
Location: North of Rogersville