WASHINGTON — U.S. honey production from operations with five colonies or more totaled 152,348,000 lbs in 2018, up 2.3% from a revised 148,980,000 lbs in 2017 and still the second lowest since 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its annual Honey report released May 16.
Honey was harvested from 2,803,000 colonies in 2018, up 4.5% from 2,683,000 colonies a year earlier. Average yield per colony was 54.4 lbs, down 2% from 55.5 lbs in 2017.
Producer stocks of honey on Dec. 15, 2018, totaled 29.1 million lbs, down 5% from a year earlier.
The price of honey sold through private, cooperative and retail channels averaged 216.6c per lb in 2018, down 1.5% from 219.9c in 2017.
For operations of five or more colonies, pollination income was $302 million in 2018, up 8% from 2017, with other income at $94.6 million, up 17%.
The U.S.D.A. in 2018 discontinued collecting and reporting data for operations with less than five colonies.