New on this report are prices paid for bees by operations with five or fewer colonies and for those with five or more colonies, the average prices paid in 2016 for honey bee queens, packages, and nucs were , , and 7 respectively.
The average prices paid in 2016 for operations with fewer than five colonies were per queen, 9 per package, and 2 per nuc. For operations with five or more colonies, pollination income for 2016 was 8 million, down 1 percent from 2015.
Prices for each color class are derived by weighting the quantities sold for each marketing channel. Some 2015 honey was sold in 2016, which caused some revisions to the 2015 honey prices.
Price data was not collected for operations with fewer than five colonies.
Colonies which produced honey in more than one State were counted in each State where the honey was produced.
Yield of honey harvested per colony averaged 58.3 pounds, down one percent from the 58.9 pounds in 2015.
It is an exhaustingly thorough report on where we are right now.
Bee Culture surveys its Honey Reporters each October for an estimate of what the honey crop will be, and we come pretty close to the right amount most years.
United States honey prices decreased during 2016 to 207.5 cents per pound, down slightly from 208.3 cents per pound in 2015.
United States and State level prices reflect the portions of honey sold through cooperatives, private, and retail channels.