Honey production up in 2012
Honey production in 2012 from North Dakota producers with five or more colonies totaled 34.2 million pounds, up 5 percent from 2011, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, North Dakota Field Office.
North Dakota ranked first in the nation for honey production for the ninth consecutive year.
There were 495,000 honey producing colonies in North Dakota during 2012, up 8 percent from 2011. Yield per colony was 69 pounds per colony, down from 71 pounds per colony in 2011.
Producer stocks were 6.15 million pounds on Dec. 15, 2012 down from 7.51 million pounds a year earlier.
Prices for the 2012 crop averaged 189 cents per pound, up from 167 cents in 2011. This is the highest price on record. Prices were based on retail sales by producers and sales to private processors and cooperatives.
Total value of honey produced in 2012 was $64.6 million, up 18 percent from 2011.