NEW YORK HONEY PRODUCTION DECREASES
Honey production from beekeepers with five or more hives in New York totaled 3.71 million pounds during 2001, according to the New York Agricultural Statistics Service. This total is down 20 percent from the 2000 production of 4.64 million pounds.
The 2001 production was extracted from 53,000 colonies, down 9 percent from the 58,000 colonies in 2000. Honey yield per colony averaged 70 pounds, 12 percent below the 2000 yield. Honey stocks on hand across the State as of December 15, 2001 totaled 1.78 million pounds, a decrease of 22 percent from the 2.27 million pounds a year earlier.
Prices received by beekeepers in New York averaged 68.0 cents per pound for all methods of sale during 2001, 24 percent more than the 2000 average price of 55.0 cents. Value of honey production for the State in 2001 totaled $2.52 million, compared with $2.55 million in 2000.
United States honey production for 2001 for producers with five or more hives totaled 186 million pounds, down 16 percent from 2000. The number of producing colonies is estimated at 2.51 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 74.0 pounds, down 10.1 pounds from the 84.1 pounds in 2000.
Prices received by beekeepers across the Nation averaged 66.9 cents per pound, up 12 percent from 59.7 cents in 2000. The value of the 2001 U.S. honey crop is estimated at $127 million. Mid-December stocks of honey for sale amounted to 64.8 million pounds, 24 percent less than the 85.3 million pounds on hand December 15, 2000. The 64.8 million pounds represents 35 percent of the 2001 production. Stocks on hand a year earlier amounted to 39 percent of production.
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