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