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HONEY

 

Released: March 2006 

NEW YORK HONEY PRODUCTION INCREASES

 

Honey production from beekeepers with five or more hives in New York totaled 4.38 million pounds during 2005, according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office. This total is up 2 percent from the 2004 production of 4.29 million pounds.

 The 2005 production was extracted from 60,000 colonies, down 8 percent from the 64,000 colonies in 2004. Honey yield per colony averaged 73 pounds, 9 percent above the 2004 yield. Honey stocks on hand across the State as of December 15, 2005 totaled 2.32 million pounds, an increase of 23 percent from the 1.89 million pounds a year earlier.

Prices received by beekeepers in New York averaged $1.22 per pound for all methods of sale during 2005, 12 percent less than the 2004 average price. Value of honey production for the State in 2005 totaled $5.34 million, compared with $5.92 million in 2004.

 Honey production in 2005 from producers with five or more colonies in the U.S. totaled 175 million pounds, down 5 percent from 2004. There were 2.41 million colonies producing honey in 2005, down 6 percent from 2004. Yield per colony averaged 72.5 pounds, up 1 percent from the 71.8 pounds in 2004.

                         

 U.S. honey prices decreased during 2005 to 90.4 cents, down 15 percent from 106.9 cents in 2004. Prices are based on retail sales by producers and sales to private processors and cooperatives. State level honey prices reflect the portions of honey sold through retail, co-op and private channels. Honey prices for each color class are derived by weighing quantities sold for each marketing channel. Honey prices for 2005 were lower than the previous year for all color class totals.

 

HONEY: Number of Colonies, Yield, Production, Stocks, Price, and Value,
by State and United States, 20051/

 

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

  66

858

266

128

1,098

   AZ

    36

  50

1,800

720

  97

1,746

   AR

    36

  69

2,484

571

  95

2,360

   CA

  400

  75

30,000

9,300

  84

25,200

   CO

    26

  70

1,820

837

104

1,893

   FL

  160

  86

13,760

2,477

  87

11,971

   GA

    59

  49

2,891

434

  84

2,428

   HI

      9

131

1,179

283

134

1,580

   ID

    95

  37

3,515

1,793

  80

2,812

   IL

      8

  85

680

408

162

1,102

   IN

      8

  64

512

189

119

609

   IA

    28

  88

2,464

1,232

  98

2,415

   KS

    16

  50

800

328

124

992

   KY

      5

  50

250

40

212

530

   LA

    35

  97

3,395

611

  71

2,410

   ME

      8

  26

208

193

187

389

   MI

    65

  68

4,420

2,519

  99

4,376

   MN

  120

  74

8,880

1,598

  83

7,370

   MS

    16

  80

1,280

346

  66

845

   MO

    15

  50

750

180

121

908

   MT

  130

  67

8,710

3,136

  80

6,968

   NE

    40

  68

2,720

2,530

  89

2,421

   NV

    12

  46

552

442

209

1,154

   NJ

    12

  32

384

104

118

453

   NM

      7

  49

343

113

102

350

   NY

    60

  73

4,380

2,321

122

5,344

   NC

    10

  54

540

146

194

1,048

   ND

  370

  91

33,670

8,418

  81

27,273

   OH

    15

  69

1,035

580

141

1,459

   OR

    39

  42

1,638

557

108

1,769

   PA

    28

  56

1,568

800

105

1,646

   SD

  220

  79

17,380

11,818

  76

13,209

   TN

      7

  55

385

92

164

631

   TX

    84

  71

5,964

954

  85

5,069

   UT

    23

  45

1,035

331

103

1,066

   VT

      6

  91

546

169

106

579

   VA

      8

  37

296

59

221

654

   WA

    51

  55

2,805

1,935

106

2,973

   WV

      8

  51

408

102

124

506

   WI

    64

  83

5,312

2,922

114

6,056

   WY

    40

  56

2,240

291

  87

1,949

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Other States 4/ 5/

    18

  44

786

261

278

2,184

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   US 5/

2,410

  73

174,643

62,406

  90

157,795

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.