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HONEY

Released: March 2004

NEW YORK HONEY PRODUCTION DECREASES

Honey production from beekeepers with five or more hives in New York totaled 4.82 million pounds during 2003, according to the New York Agricultural Statistics Service. This total is down 18 percent from the 2002 production of 5.88 million pounds.

The 2003 production was extracted from 67,000 colonies, up 12 percent from the 60,000 colonies in 2002. Honey yield per colony averaged 72 pounds, 16 percent below the 2002 yield. Honey stocks on hand across the State as of December 15, 2003 totaled 1.64 million pounds, a decrease of 44 percent from the 2.47 million pounds a year earlier.

Prices received by beekeepers in New York averaged 140.0 cents per pound for all methods of sale during 2003, 12 percent more than the 2002 average price of 125.0 cents. Value of honey production for the State in 2003 totaled $6.75 million, compared with $7.35 million in 2002.

United States honey production for 2003 for producers with five or more hives totaled 181 million pounds, up 5 percent from 2002. The number of producing colonies is estimated at 2.59 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 69.9 pounds, up 5 percent from the 66.7 pounds in 2002.

Average prices received by beekeepers across the Nation increased to a record level of 140.4 cents per pound, up 6 percent from 132.7 cents in 2002. The value of the 2003 U.S. honey crop is estimated at $255.8 million. Mid-December stocks of honey for sale amounted to 40.7 million pounds, 3 percent more than the 39.4 million pounds on hand December 15, 2002. The 40.7 million pounds represents 23 percent of the 2003 production. Stocks on hand a year earlier amounted to 18 percent of production

HONEY:  Number of Colonies, Yield, Production, Stocks, Price, and Value,

by State and United States, 2003 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

    13

   82

    1,066

       43

126

   1,343

AZ

    40

   72

    2,880

  1,123

138

   3,974

AR

    40

   75

    3,000

     810

127

   3,810

CA

  480

   67

  32,160

  6,432

142

  45,667

CO

    24

   86

    2,064

     722

138

   2,848

FL

  210

   71

  14,910

  1,491

135

  20,129

GA

    52

   65

    3,380

     270

128

   4,326

HI

      7

 113

       791

       43

143

   1,131

ID

  100

   46

    4,600

  1,380

135

   6,210

IL

      7

   60

       420

     252

173

      727

IN

      5

   56

       280

       78

159

      445

IA

    32

   59

    1,888

     868

145

   2,738

KS

    16

   57

       912

     447

158

   1,441

KY

      5

   48

       240

       14

164

      394

LA

    34

   90

    3,060

     275

124

   3,794

ME

      8

   33

      264

     145

140

      370

MD

      2

   42

        84

       21

191

      160

MI

    65

   74

    4,810

  1,732

147

   7,071

MN

  120

   83

    9,960

  1,892

146

  14,542

MS

    21

   69

    1,449

     246

128

   1,855

MO

    17

   53

        901

     189

141

   1,270

MT

  145

   66

    9,570

  1,914

148

  14,164

NE

    45

   74

    3,330

  1,299

143

   4,762

NV

      6

   64

       384

       46

241

      925

NJ

    10

   19

       190

     101

157

      298

NM

      6

   41

       246

     108

116

      285

NY

    67

   72

    4,824

  1,640

140

   6,754

NC

    10

   44

       440

       79

190

      836

ND

  340

   87

  29,580

  6,803

136

  40,229

OH

    15

   50

       750

     278

143

   1,073

OK

      3

   47

       141

       69

183

      258

OR

    42

   51

    2,142

     964

126

   2,699

PA

    27

   50

    1,350

     419

132

   1,782

SC

      6

   70

       420

       13

195

      819

SD

  200

   70

  14,000

  2,520

146

  20,440

TN

      7

   40

      280

       53

153

      428

TX

  140

   67

    9,380

  1,126

142

  13,320

UT

    23

   57

    1,311

     144

130

   1,704

VT

      7

   83

       581

     163

192

   1,116

VA

      6

   37

       222

       69

169

      375

WA

    58

   56

    3,248

     942

152

   4,937

WV

      8

   47

       376

     194

201

      756

WI

    74

   77

    5,698

  2,678

144

   8,205

WY

    39

   81

    3,159

     474

140

   4,423

Other States 4/ 5/

      8

   44

       355

     166

270

      958

U.S. 5/

2,590

69.9

181,096

40,735

140.4

255,791

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, and RI not published separately to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.
5/  Total colonies multiplied by total yield may not exactly equal production.