Honey production from producers with five or more colonies in Wisconsin totaled 2.92 million pounds in 2022 according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s latest honey report. This was 48 percent higher than the 1.97 million pounds produced in 2021.
The number of honey producing colonies in the state, at 53,000, was up 11,000 from 2021. This number does not include producers with fewer than five colonies or producers who did not harvest honey. Yield per colony in Wisconsin averaged 55 pounds, compared to 47 pounds per colony in 2021.
Wisconsin ranked 11th nationally in honey production, up from 17th place in 2021. Colonies which produced honey in more than one state were counted in each state where the honey was produced. Therefore, at the U.S. level, yield per colony may be understated, but total production would not be impacted.
On Dec. 15, 2022, producer honey stocks in Wisconsin, excluding stocks under government loan programs, were 816,000 pounds, 9 percent higher than 2021. The state’s 2022 honey crop was valued at $8.86 million, up 45 percent from the previous year’s $6.10 million. The average price per pound for all marketing channels in Wisconsin was $3.04, down 5 cents from 2021.
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