The Top 10 Honey-Producing States in America

April 18, 2017 09:14 AM

According to the latest USDA-ERS Sugar and Sweetness Outlook, U.S. honey production recovered somewhat in 2016, with a total of 161.9 million pounds of the sweet stuff produced on approximately 2.775 million colonies. Do you know which states produced the most?

Honey yields averaged 58.3 pounds per colony. That’s down 0.9% from 2015, but in line with levels of the past five years. Prices also slightly declined, although U.S. honey producers have seen steady price increase from the late 1990s through 2014. Demand has leveled off the past two years, however.

Meantime, honey imports into the U.S. in 2016 declined 5% from a year earlier. Five countries (Vietnam, Argentina India, Brazil and China) account for 81% of this market.

As for U.S. honey production, there are beekeepers in all 50 states, but here are the top 10 states that produce the largest amounts of honey.

1. North Dakota

2. South Dakota

3. Montana

4. California

5. Florida

6. Texas

7. Minnesota

8. Michigan

9. Wisconsin

10. Idaho

The Dakotas combined produce a little more than one-third of the nation’s commercial honey supply.

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Spell Check

Bill Blankenship
Milton, FL
4/25/2017 07:07 AM

  Impressed to see Florida as number 5 in the nation, would like to see over 5 gallons (60 lbs) per hive as the average yield! Hopefully colony loss will not be as bad as last year, gall berry and titi really looking promising! Thanks for the info!

Liz Walsh
College Station, TX
4/25/2017 02:10 PM

  Good information, but I would love to see this based on lbs/hive of each state or lbs/square mile...almost anything other than sheer amount by state--some states are huge and this skews things so an actual comparison of amount per state isn't really an accurate depiction of honey production. Same deal with number of colonies in those states. Those states are going to produce lots of pounds, even if the yield/colony is actually fairly low.


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