Honey production in 2011 from North Dakota producers with five or more colonies totaled 32.7 million pounds, down 30 percent from 2010, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, North Dakota Field Office. North Dakota ranked first in the nation for honey production for the eighth consecutive year.
There were 460,000 honey producing colonies in North Dakota during 2011, down 10 percent from 2010. Yield per colony was 71 pounds per colony, down from 91 pounds per colony in 2010. Producer stocks were 7.51 million pounds on December 15, 2011 down from 13.0 million pounds a year earlier.
Prices for the 2011 crop averaged 166 cents per pound, up from 150 cents in 2010. 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 2011 was 54.2 million dollars, down 22 percent from the 2010 record high.
In the United States, honey production in 2011 from producers with five or more colonies totaled 148 million pounds, down 16 percent from 2010. There were 2.49 million colonies producing honey in 2011, down 7 percent from 2010. Yield per colony averaged 59.6 pounds, down 9 percent from the 65.6 pounds in 2010. Producer honey stocks in the U.S. were 36.8 million pounds on December 15, 2011, down 18 percent from a year earlier. Honey prices increased to a record high during 2011 to 172.9 cents per pound, up 7 percent from 161.9 cents per pound in 2010.
Source: USDA NASS ND Field Office