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HONEY


Released: March 2001
 

NEW YORK HONEY PRODUCTION DECREASES

Honey production from beekeepers with five or more hives in New York totaled 4.64 million pounds during 2000, according to the New York Agricultural Statistics Service. This total is down 4 percent from the 1999 production of 4.83 million pounds.

The 2000 production was extracted from 58,000 colonies, down 16 percent from the 69,000 colonies in 1999. Honey yield per colony averaged 80 pounds, 14 percent above the 1999 yield. Honey stocks on hand across the State as of December 15, 2000 totaled 2.27 million pounds, an increase of 9 percent from the 2.08 million pounds a year earlier.

Prices received by beekeepers in New York averaged 55.0 cents per pound for all methods of sale during 2000, 17 percent less than the 1999 average price of 66.0 cents. Value of honey production for the State in 2000 totaled $2.55 million, compared with $3.19 million in 1999.

United States honey production for 2000 for producers with five or more hives totaled 221 million pounds, up 8 percent from 1999. The number of producing colonies is estimated at 2.63 million, a total which contains a limited amount of duplication due to interstate movement of bees by multi-state operators. The yield per colony averaged 83.9 pounds, up 7.5 pounds from the 76.4 pounds in 1999.

Prices received by beekeepers across the Nation averaged 59.4 cents per pound, down 1 percent from 60.1 cents in 1999. The value of the 2000 U.S. honey crop is estimated at $132 million. Mid-December stocks of honey for sale amounted to 86.2 million pounds, 9 percent more than the 79.4 million pounds on hand December 15, 1999. The 86.2 million pounds represents 39 percent of the 2000 production. Stocks on hand a year earlier also amounted to 39 percent of production.

HONEY:  Number of Colonies, Yield, Production, Stocks, Price, and Value,
by State and United States, 2000 1/

State Honey
Producing
Colonies
Yield
per
Colony
Production Stocks
Dec. 15 2/
Average
Price per
Pound 3/
Value
of
Production
1,000 Pounds 1,000 Pounds Cents 1,000 Dollars
AL      16    78 1,248 187    59       736
AZ      40    59 2,360 1,322    73    1,723
AR      55    93 5,115 3,529    57    2,916
CA    440    70 30,800 11,396    58  17,864
CO      29    60 1,740 957    62    1,079
FL    232  105 24,360 2,923    54  13,154
GA      55    57 3,135 376    63    1,975
HI        7  112 784 125    81       635
ID    100    47 4,700 2,679    52    2,444
IL        8    61 488 146  117       571
IN        8    65 520 286  103       536
IA      30    67 2,010 1,206    67    1,347
KS      15    68 1,020 520    91      928
KY        3    48 144 40  135      194
LA      43    94 4,042 1,334    52    2,102
ME      11    21 231 143    75      173
MD        6    46 276 52  114      315
MI      72    75 5,400 2,970    60    3,240
MN    150    90 13,500 3,105    57    7,695
MS      17    72 1,224 649    69       845
MO      23    75 1,725 362    60    1,035
MT    148    86 12,728 5,982    59    7,510
NE      50    87 4,350 2,610    59    2,567
NV      10    35 350 95  145       508
NJ      11    35 385 200    61       235
NM      15    64 960 739    72       691
NY      58    80 4,640 2,274    55    2,552
NC      11    49 539 243  143       771
ND    290  115 33,350 13,340    56  18,676
OH      18    65 1,170 585    79       924
OK        7    35 245 64  126       309
OR      48    51 2,448 1,665    66    1,616
PA      22    45 990 554    76       752
SD    235  121 28,435 12,796    57  16,208
TN        9    61 549 104  143       785
TX    105    79 8,295 2,986    57    4,728
UT      24    41 984 462    60       590
VT         7    59 413 211    68       281
VA        7    42 294 103  150       441
WA      52    54 2,808 1,151    58    1,629
WV        7    54 378 234  122       461
WI      84    90 7,560 4,385    68    5,141
WY      39    93 3,627 798    59    2,140
Other States 4/ 5/      17    40 685 270  173    1,183
U.S. 5/ 2,634 83.9 221,005 86,158 59.4 132,205
1/  For producers with 5 or more colonies. Colonies which produced honey in more than one State
     were counted in each State.
2/  Stocks held by producers.
3/  Prices weighted by sales.
4/  CT, DE, MA, NH, RI, and SC not published separately to avoid disclosing data for
     individual operations.
5/  Total colonies multiplied by total yield may not exactly equal production.