Archive for November, 2015

SW LA Beekeepers Association: “Common Mistakes of a Beginning Beekeeper & How to Avoid Them”

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SW LA Beekeepers Association: “Common Mistakes of a Beginning Beekeeper & How to Avoid Them”

Monday, January 4th, 2016, War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West 7th St., DeRidder, LA

          Mr. James Laughlin, East Texas Beekeepers, will be discussing the mistakes that new beekeepers make and how to avoid them.

Another reason to attend this meeting is to learn more about having bees by asking experienced beekeepers for advice. For more information, please contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006. Also, you may also obtain regular “beemail” updates about beekeeping by sending your request by email to khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu.

 

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SW LA Beekeepers Association: Ordering Bees; Local Wax Moth Infestation.

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SW LA Beekeepers Association:   Ordering Bees; Local Wax Moth Infestation.

Monday, December 7th , 2015,  7-9 PM, War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West 7th St., DeRidder, LA

One of the most important tasks for a beekeeper, beginner or experienced, is obtaining bees. This timely meeting will cover the ways beeks can order their bees in time for the spring nectar flow.

Mr. Jimmy Earl Cooley will talk about his recent infestation of wax moth in one of his hive.

Another reason to attend this meeting is to learn more about having bees by asking experienced beekeepers for advice. For more information, please contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006. Also, you may also obtain regular “beemail” updates about beekeeping by sending your request by email to khawkins@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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Backyard Organic Poultry Workshop

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Backyard Organic Poultry Workshop

Saturday, December 5th, 2015, 8 AM – 4PM, War Memorial Civic Center, 250 West 7th St. DeRidder, LA

LSU AgCenter and Beauregard Master Gardeners are pleased to have Ms. Michelle Ball, a self-taught poultry enthusiast, to lead a workshop on backyard poultry. Ms. Ball will help folks start their own personal poultry flock and will assist more experienced people with organic methods of chicken rearing. She has raised 6 different generations of chicks in the last three years. Topics include: “Choosing Your Chicken”, “Chick Care”, “Fencing”, ”Coops”, “Laying Hens”, “Sprouts/Fodder”, “Eggs”, “Eggshells & Their Uses”, and “Chicken Meat”. Time will be allotted for attendees to obtain lunch at nearby restaurants.

Class size is limited to the first 30 people, and the cost for this event is $20. Deadline for enrollment is Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015. Please make your check to: Beauregard Master Gardeners, and send payment to: LSU AgCenter, PO Box 609, DeRidder, LA, 70634. For more information, please contact Keith Hawkins, County Agent, 337-463-7006.

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Big Find in the Bug world at Giltner Tree Farm

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Big Find in the Bug world at Giltner Tree Farm

by George Giltner, LA Master Gardeners & Tree Farmer

On this rainy day, Microscopy was in order, and a big discovery was made here at the Treefarm.  A ten flower sampling of Tickweed Sunflowers (the yellow flowers similar to Swamp Sunflowers) revealed that they were occupied with Minute Pirate Bugs (Orius insidiosus).  OK, the big deal is that on the micro level these predators are indicated to be in heavy levels to control two spotted spider mites, European Red mites, most aphids, thrips, white flies, European corn borers, and even small caterpillars.

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Minute Pirate Bug on Tickweed Sunflower, photo by George Giltner

To the average farm this is good info. Don’t mow all of those pretty yellow flowers that are blooming everywhere now.  They are loaded with beneficial wasps, bees, and micro pirate bugs, that all consume pests.

George Giltner wears several hats. He is a Tree Farmer and manages his trees sustainably. He is also a Louisiana Master Gardeners and a self-taught entomologist.

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