Released: March 2003
NEW YORK HONEY PRODUCTION INCREASES
Honey production from beekeepers with five or more hives in New York totaled 5.88 million pounds during 2002, according to the New York Agricultural Statistics Service. This total is up 58 percent from the 2001 production of 3.71 million pounds.
The 2002 production was extracted from 60,000 colonies, up 13 percent from the 53,000 colonies in 2001. Honey yield per colony averaged 98 pounds, 40 percent above the 2001 yield. Honey stocks on hand across the State as of December 15, 2002 totaled 2.47 million pounds, an increase of 39 percent from the 1.78 million pounds a year earlier.
Prices received by beekeepers in New York averaged 117.0 cents per pound for all methods of sale during 2002, 48 percent more than the 2001 average price of 79.0 cents. Value of honey production for the State in 2002 totaled $6.88 million, compared with $2.93 million in 2001.
United States honey production for 2002 for producers with five or more hives totaled 171 million pounds, down 8 percent from 2001. The number of producing colonies is estimated at 2.52 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 67.8 pounds, down 8 percent from the 74.0 pounds in 2001.
Average prices received by beekeepers across the Nation increased to a record level of 128.6 cents per pound, up 83 percent from 70.4 cents in 2001. The value of the 2002 U.S. honey crop is estimated at $221.6 million. Mid-December stocks of honey for sale amounted to 39.0 million pounds, 40 percent less than the 64.6 million pounds on hand December 15, 2001. The 39.0 million pounds represents 18 percent of the 2002 production. Stocks on hand a year earlier amounted to 35 percent of production
HONEY: Number of Colonies, Yield, Production, Stocks, Price, and Value, by State and United States, 2002 1/