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.
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