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/