HONEY

Released:  March 2007


NEW YORK HONEY PRODUCTION DECREASES

Honey production from beekeepers with five or more hives in New York totaled 3.84 million pounds during 2006, according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office.  This total is down 12 percent from the 2005 production of 4.38 million pounds.

The 2006 production was extracted from 60,000 colonies, unchanged from the 60,000 colonies in 2005.  Honey yield per colony averaged 64 pounds, 12 percent below the 2005 yield.  Honey stocks on hand across the State as of December 15, 2006 totaled 2.46 million pounds, an increase of 6 percent from the 2.32 million pounds a year earlier.

Prices received by beekeepers in New York averaged $1.38 per pound for all methods of sale during 2006, 13 percent more than the 2005 average price.  Value of honey production for the State in 2006 totaled $5.30 million, compared with $5.34 million in 2005.

Nationally, honey production in 2006 from producers with five or more colonies totaled 155 million pounds, down 11 percent from 2005. There were 2.39 million colonies producing honey in 2006, down 1 percent from 2005. Yield per colony averaged 64.7 pounds, down 11 percent from the 72.4 pounds in 2005.

U.S. honey 2006 prices increased to $1.042 per pound, up 14 percent from 91.8 cents in 2005. 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 weighting quantities sold for each marketing channel.  Honey prices for 2006 were up from the previous year for all color class totals.  The information in this release is available by free email subscription by subscribing to New York reports at www.nass.usda.gov/ny.


HONEY:  Number of Colonies, Yield, Production, Stocks, Price, and Value,
by State and United States, 2006 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

     11

   72

       792

     230

   146

    1,156

   AZ

     30

   65

    1,950

     839

   139

    2,711

   AR

     32

   76

    2,432

     730

   105

    2,554

   CA

   380

   52

  19,760

  7,706

     98

  19,365

   CO

     36

   75

    2,700

  1,458

   139

    3,753

   FL

   170

   81

  13,770

  1,790

   101

  13,908

   GA

     63

   74

    4,662

     746

   116

    5,408

   HI

     10

   93

       930

     233

   119

    1,107

   ID

     95

   44

    4,180

  2,592

     86

    3,595

   IL

     10

   66

       660

     356

   188

    1,241

   IN

       6

   54

       324

     107

   151

       489

   IA

     26

   84

    2,184

  1,441

   115

    2,512

   KS

     14

   55

       770

     246

   140

    1,078

   KY

       5

   56

       280

       70

   220

       616

   LA

     30

   90

    2,700

     675

     89

    2,403

   ME

     11

   23

       253

       86

   200

       506

   MI

     72

   55

    3,960

  2,099

   128

    5,069

   MN

   125

   80

  10,000

  3,300

     89

    8,900

   MS

     14

   98

    1,372

     453

   105

    1,441

   MO

     15

   46

       690

     117

   149

    1,028

   MT

   132

   79

  10,428

  1,981

   100

  10,428

   NE

     47

   73

    3,431

  3,843

   104

    3,568

   NV

       9

   37

       333

       50

   355

    1,182

   NJ

       9

   36

       324

     152

   115

       373

   NM

       7

   48

       336

     104

     96

       323

   NY

     60

   64

    3,840

  2,458

   138

    5,299

   NC

     10

   50

       500

     215

   156

       780

   ND

   350

   74

  25,900

  7,770

     90

  23,310

   OH

     14

   56

       784

     282

   145

    1,137

   OR

     46

   48

    2,208

     729

   111

    2,451

   PA

     28

   40

    1,120

     605

   161

    1,803

   SD

   225

   47

  10,575

10,575

     82

    8,672

   TN

       7

   55

       385

       58

   184

       708

   TX

     82

   70

    5,740

     976

     87

    4,994

   UT

     23

   50

    1,150

     265

   105

    1,208

   VT

       6

   56

       336

     144

   121

       407

   VA

       8

   42

       336

     114

   219

       736

   WA

     49

   52

    2,548

  1,605

   119

    3,032

   WV

       5

   42

       210

       57

   195

       410

   WI

     64

   93

    5,952

  2,500

   114

    6,785

   WY

     39

   85

    3,315

     497

     88

    2,917

             

   Other States 4/ 5/

     17

   43

       726

     274

   269

    1,951

             

   US 5/

2,392

64.7

154,846

60,528

104.2

161,314

             

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