The amount of honey that a bee colony produces
each year depends on many factors. Some of these factors are:
- The amount
and types of nectar-producing plants
- The weather
- The quality of care bees receive
- Individual colony genetic and environmental factors, including
the number of bees in the colony, disease and other stresses
Honey Yield per Colony
In the year 2000, U.S. Department of Agriculture data reported an
average per-colony of about 84 pounds. In 1999 it was about 76 pounds.
The map below shows average production (in pounds)
for bee colonies in each U.S. states during the years 1999 and 2000. The
map is derived from U.S. Department of Agriculture data. The green
colored states didn't have enough data to report.
Honey Production per State
The map below shows total honey production for each of the U.S. states,
for the average of the years 1999 and 2000:
Source: U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Economics, Statistics and Market Information System.