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Rahmlow, H. J. (ed.) / Wisconsin horticulture
Vol. XXX (September 1939/July-August 1940)

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 30, no. 6: February, 1940,   pp. [145]-176

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serve. However, without pollen, 
broodrearing  soon   stops  and 
there is a gradual reduction in 
population. If pollen is not avail- 
able for two or three weeks, the 
colony becomes weak and may 
not recover in time to produce a 
       Stock Improvement 
  Since the work of testing stock 
is now going on under Govern- 
ment supervision, northern bee- 
keepers will agree that every 
queen breeder should have his 
stock tested. If a breeder finds 
his stock is inferior, he should 
immediately cooperate with the 
Bee Laboratories and improve 
his stock. In this way the entire 
industry will benefit. 
How Can We Get Good Stock? 
  What can Wisconsin beekeep- 
ers do in order to improve their 
bees? With the knowledge that 
the Southern breeders are begin- 
ning to improve their stock, we 
can buy from   reliable breeders 
with more confidence. However, 
as Dr. C. L. Farrar suggested at 
our convention, it would be well 
to buy packages and queens from 
several different breeders at the 
same time, and compare them in 
our own apiaries. If, for instance, 
we wish to buy 50 packages this 
spring, we might well buy 10 
packages from each of 5 well 
known breeders. Establish them 
at the same time, under the same 
conditions. By fall we should 
know which stock is the best, as 
there is often quite a wide dif- 
ference between stocks. 
  H. J. Rahmlow. 
        TO SELL WELL 
 THE manager of a large Super- 
 Service Grocery Store recent- 
 ly made this important observa- 
 tion  for  beekeepers. "Honey 
 must be displayed in order to sell 
 well." He stated further that if 
 his display of honey went down 
 to where there were only one 
 or two jars or pails left on the 
 shelves, these sometimes stayed 
 there for quite a while. Just as 
 soon as the shelves were filled 
 again, making a large display, 
 the honey began to move faster. 
   That is probably one reason 
 why the new    self-help stores 
 which display large quantities of 
 goods sell much more honey than 
 smaller grocery stores. The small 
 stores often do not have shelf 
 room  to display anything but 
 goods which moves rapidly. 
 Since they have found that honey 
 isn't one of the fastest sellers, 
 they are reluctant to give it 
 prominent display room. 
 Possibly one way to overcome 
 this difficulty is to put on period- 
 ic sales. The beekeepers could 
 arrange with the grocerymen to 
 make a large display in a promi- 
 nent place in the store on a cer- 
 tain Friday and Saturday, charg- 
 ing only for the goods sold and 
 whatever stock the groceryman 
 wishes to keep following the 
 sale. The price during the sale 
 should not be reduced very much. 
 Calling attention to honey will 
 increase the sales. 
 Beekeepers have found that 
there is a period between Thanks- 
giving and about the middle of 
January when honey sales drop, 
due perhaps to the interest of 
the consumer being diverted to 
holiday goods. 
.......     ~ . .... . .                 WISCONSIN 
T    E Western District of the 
   Wisconsin Beekeepers Asso- 
ciation will hold a meeting at Me- 
nomonie on March 26th. Watch 
for details in our March issue. 
W E would like to hear from 
     beekeepers who have ob- 
served any dysentery this win- 
ter. It would seem that there 
should not be any dysentery, in 
southern Wisconsin at least, this 
winter because of the dry season 
which enabled the bees to ripen 
'the honey well. However, if dys- 
entery does occur, an examina- 
tion of the conditions which may 
have caused it would be of in- 
terest to all beekeepers, and 
would help in leaxning how to 
prevent it in the future. 
   Write the Wisconsin Horticul- 
 tural Society, 424  University 
 Farm Place, Madison, in case you 
 observe dysentery, giving all the 
 THE A. I. Root Company, Me- 
    dina, Ohio, announces a new 
edition of this valuable book. The 
last edition was printed in 1935. 
Since that time considerable new 
information has been added to 
the fund of bee knowledge. Mr. 
E. R. Root has been working for 
several years to include in the 
new edition all of the latest and 
most accurate information avail- 
able. The book is in fact, an ABC 
and XYZ of Bee Culture, and to- 
day it is the most valuable book 
available to the beekeeper. 
T HE regular meeting of the 
   Fox   River Valley  District 
Beekeepers Association, which 
has been so popular during the 
past few years, will be held in 
Appleton on Tuesday, April 2. 
It will be an all-day meeting. 
  Speakers will discuss timely 
topics of interest to beekeepers 
in spring and summer. Arrange- 
ments are being made by Cor- 
nelius Meyer, Appleton, Vice- 
chairman of the district, and 
Leonard Otto, Forest Junction. 
Secretary-Treasurer. Further an- 
nouncements later. 
February, 1ft 

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