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Contact:  William Blackson
Wednesday, March 1, 2006



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.