FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Joe Morse
Monday, March 3, 2008
NEW YORK HONEY PRODUCTION DECREASES
Honey production from beekeepers with five or more hives in New York totaled 3.19 million pounds during 2007, according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office. This total is down 7 percent from the 2006 production of 3.84 million pounds.
The 2007 production was extracted from 56,000 colonies, down from the 60,000 colonies in 2006. Honey yield per colony averaged 57 pounds, 11 percent below the 2006 yield. Honey stocks on hand across the State as of December 15, 2007 totaled 1.95 million pounds, a decrease of 21 percent from the 2.46 million pounds a year earlier.
Prices received by beekeepers in New York averaged 142.0 cents per pound for all methods of sale during 2007, 12 percent more than the 2006 average price. Value of honey production for the State in 2007 totaled $4.53 million, compared with $4.99 million in 2006.
U.S. honey production in 2007 from producers with five or more colonies totaled 148 million pounds, down 4 percent from 2006. There were 2.44 million colonies producing honey in 2007, up 2 percent from 2006. Yield per colony averaged 60.8 pounds, down 6 percent from the 64.7 pounds in 2006.
The 2007 U.S. all honey price was 103.2 cents, down slightly from 103.6 cents in 2006. U.S. and State level prices reflect the portions of honey sold through retail, cooperatives, and private channels. Prices for each color class are derived by weighting the quantities sold for each marketing channel. Prices for the 2006 crop reflect honey sold in 2006 and 2007. The information in this release is available by free email subscription by subscribing to New York reports at www.nass.usda.gov/ny.