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WSU Beekeeping Workshop

June 24 @ 6:00 pm - June 25 @ 5:00 pm

Bees, organic honeycomb with royal jelly close up

WSU Beekeeping Workshop 2022 CANCELLED

This workshop is designed to increase your beekeeping skills, evaluate and predict situations to enhance colony production and health. Queen rearing methods, early recognition of pests and diseases, and how to minimize their impact will be presented and demonstrated. We will also introduce you to the techniques of instrumental insemination and cryopreservation of honey bee semen through demonstrations.

Instructors: Drs. Jennifer Han, Brandon Hopkins, Kelly Kulhanek, Nick Naeger, and the WSU bee team.

Registration includes lunch and Welcome reception. Fee. $175.

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Note for beekeeper participants in 2022:

  • Bring your own veils at a minimum. Bee suits, umbrellas and gloves are optional.
  • The weather should be pleasant in Pullman in June. However, evenings can be quite cool and some layered clothing is a good idea.  In the event of rain, we will do what beekeepers sometimes have to do… work bees.
  • Posters: All local associations are invited to produce a beekeeping/local “apicultural conditions” poster for display at the field day.Can be reclaimed at the end of the field day for use in local fairs, etc. or donated for rotating display in the WSU bee lab/ Othello facility.
  • Lunch will be provided at noon on Saturday at Ensminger Pavillion
  • (Optional) Honey Exchange Table: Bring two 1 lb jars of your honey for exchange table.  Leave two of yours there and take away two of jars of your choice left by other beekeepers.

Friday, June 24, 2022

6:00 pm Check-in opens.  Wine and cheese social gathering in Ensminger Pavillion

6:30 pm Keynote Address by Dr. Kelly Kulhanek, ” My changing role to extend colony health knowledge to beekeepers: from Bee Informed Partnership to WSU bee program” 

Saturday, June 25, 2022 **

7:30 – 8:30 am Late check-in, coffee and snacks provided

8:30 – 8:45 am Announcements, Introductions and Welcome:  WSU, WASBA

30 minute talks

8:45 – 9:15 am Dr. Nick Naeger – Colony Life Cycle 

9:15 – 9:45 am Dr. Kelly Kulhanek – Parts of the hive, honey bee roles, pheromones 

9:45 – 10:15 am Dr. Brandon Hopkins – How to get bees, install packages, diversity of stocks available

Field Stations

10:30 – 11:30 am Apiary Station 1

11:45 – 1:00 pm Lunch provided.  Served in Ensminger pavilion

1:15 – 2:15 pm Apiary Station 2

2:15 – 3: 15 pm Apiary Station 3

3:15 – 4:15  pm Apiary station 4  

4:30 – 5:00 pm Wrap-up Q & A session with instructors in Ensminger Pavillion


Apiary Station 1 – Pests and Diseases with Dr. Jennifer Han, Dr. Ge Zhang, and Dan Reynolds (Bee Building)

Laboratory diagnosis, Varroa mites, tracheal mites, Nosema (demonstration with scopes, sticky cards), viral analysis basics  – how it works (lecture on methods)

Apiary Station 2  Queen Rearing with Dr. Brandon Hopkins and Adam Ware (Teaching Apiary)

Stock selection assessment (brood area, pattern, hygienic behavior), preparation of cell-builders, grafting demonstration/timing, mating yard activities, clipping, marking

Apiary Station 3 – Honey Bee Behavior: implications for beekeepers with Dr. Nick Naeger and Kiersten Ritchie (Observatory)

Different honey bee strains, assessing gentleness, brood viability assay, drones and workers, gloveless beekeeping – understanding the threshold concept, swarm prevention and splitting

Apiary Station 4 – Practical colony manipulations and field identification of honey bee diseases, pests, problems with Dr. Kelly Kulhanek and Riley Reed (Feed Mill)

Preparing hives for moving, Identifying pests, diseases, problems in the apiary including AFB, chalk brood etc., mite control methods for colony health – conventional and alternative


** Schedule subject to variation due to weather or group numbers


June 24 @ 6:00 pm
June 25 @ 5:00 pm
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