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HONEY

 

 

Released: March 2005

 

 

NEW YORK HONEY PRODUCTION DECREASES

 

          Honey production from beekeepers with five or more hives in New York totaled 4.29 million pounds during 2004, according to the New York Agricultural Statistics Service. This total is down 11 percent from the 2003 production of 4.82 million pounds.

 

         The 2004 production was extracted from 64,000 colonies, down 4 percent from the 67,000 colonies in 2003. Honey yield per colony averaged 67 pounds, 7 percent below the 2003 yield. Honey stocks on hand across the State as of December 15, 2004 totaled 1.89 million pounds, an increase of 15 percent from the 1.64 million pounds a year earlier.

 

         Prices received by beekeepers in New York averaged 133 cents per pound for all methods of sale during 2004, 2 percent less than the 2003 average price of 136 cents. Value of honey production for the State in 2004 totaled $5.70 million, compared with $6.56 million in 2003.

 

         U.S. honey production in 2004 from producers with five or more colonies totaled 184 million pounds, up 1 percent from 2003. There were 2.56 million colonies producing honey in 2004, down 2 percent from 2003. Yield per colony averaged 71.8 pounds, up 3 percent from the 69.9 pounds in 2003.

 

         Honey prices decreased during 2004 to 108.5 cents, down 22 percent from 138.7 cents in 2003. The value of the 2004 U.S. honey crop is estimated at $202 million. Mid-December stocks of honey for sale amounted to 61.2 million pounds, 50 percent more than the 40.8 million pounds on hand in December 15, 2003.

 

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

by State and United States, 2004 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

     12

   87

    1,044

     282

140

    1,462

 AZ

     32

   55

    1,760

     774

115

    2,024

 AR

     40

   57

    2,280

     388

  90

    2,052

 CA

   390

   45

  17,550

  5,792

101

  17,726

 CO

     23

   80

    1,840

     791

148

    2,723

 FL

   205

   98

  20,090

  2,009

100

  20,090

 GA

     63

   49

    3,087

     648

118

    3,643

 HI

       8

   96

       768

       77

141

    1,083

 ID

   100

   63

    6,300

  2,520

101

    6,363

 IL

       7

   55

       385

     193

193

       743

 IN

       7

   59

       413

     145

158

       653

 IA

     35

   67

    2,345

  1,337

128

    3,002

 KS

     14

   80

    1,120

     683

123

    1,378

 LA

     35

   98

    3,430

     240

  79

    2,710

 ME

       7

   31

       217

       37

127

       276

 MI

     65

   67

    4,355

  2,439

117

    5,095

 MN

   135

   75

  10,125

  1,924

104

  10,530

 MS

     18

   65

    1,170

     421

  80

       936

 MO

     16

   41

       656

     151

137

       899

 MT

   140

   77

  10,780

  3,773

106

  11,427

 NE

     51

   89

    4,539

  2,043

107

    4,857

 NV

     14

   55

       770

     316

330

    2,541

 NJ

     12

   27

       324

        45

138

       447

 NM

       8

   44

       352

      127

122

       429

 NY

     64

   67

    4,288

  1,887

133

    5,703

 NC

       9

   40

       360

       72

218

       785

 ND

   390

   78

  30,420

  9,126

105

  31,941

 OH

     16

   58

       928

     353

150

    1,392

 OR

     42

   54

    2,268

  1,111

124

    2,812

 PA

     30

   54

    1,620

     810

138

    2,236

 SD

   215

105

  22,575

13,545

106

  23,930

 TN

       6

   54

       324

       91

172

       557

 TX

   116

   76

    8,816

  1,411

  96

    8,463

 UT

     23

   70

    1,610

    531

104

    1,674

 VT

       6

   68

       408

    192

145

       592

 VA

       7

   38

       266

       69

213

       567

 WA

     56

   63

    3,528

  1,376

103

    3,634

 WV

       9

   55

       495

     183

142

       703

 WI

     68

   86

    5,848

  2,632

133

    7,778

 WY

     39

   75

    2,925

     380

109

    3,188

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Other States 4/ 5/

     23

   52

    1,203

    298

228

    2,746

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 U.S. 5/ 6/

2,556

   71.8

183,582

61,222

108.5

201,790

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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