Honey harvest down despite colonies being up

 

United States honey production in 2016 from producers with five or more colonies totaled 162 million pounds, up 3 percent from 2015. 

There were 2.78 million colonies from which honey was harvested in 2016, up 4 percent from 2015. 

Yield of honey harvested per colony averaged 58.3 pounds, down 1 percent from the 58.9 pounds in 2015. 

Colonies that produced honey in more than one state were counted in each state where the honey was produced. Therefore, at the U.S. level, yield per colony may be understated, but total production would not be impacted. Colonies were not included if honey was not harvested. 

Producer honey stocks were 41.3 million pounds on Dec. 15, 2016, down 2 percent from a year earlier. Stocks held by producers exclude those held under the commodity loan program.

United States honey production in 2016 from producers with less than five colonies totaled 766 thousand pounds, up 6 percent from 2015. There were 24 thousand colonies from which honey was harvested in 2016, up 4 percent from 2015. 

The average yield was 31.9 pounds per colony in 2016, up 2 percent from the previous year. This yield is 26.4 pounds less than what was harvested per colony on operations with five or more colonies.

U.S. honey prices decreased during 2016 to 207.5 cents per pound, down slightly from 208.3 cents per pound in 2015. U.S. and state level prices reflect the portions of honey sold through cooperatives, private, and retail channels. Prices for each color class are derived by weighting the quantities sold for each marketing channel. 

Prices for the 2015 crop reflect honey sold in 2015 and 2016. Some 2015 honey was sold in 2016, which caused some revisions to the 2015 honey prices. Price data was not collected for operations with less than five colonies.

For a full copy of the honey report please visit www.nass.usda.gov

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