Iowa honey production hit a five-year low in 2014, according to a new report from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
The roughly 1.5 million pounds of honey produced last year was 20 percent below production in 2013.
The report also states that honey-producing colonies fell 10 percent year-over-year, now at 35,000 colonies. Honey yield per colony also tumbled, down 10 percent from 2013 at 43 pounds per colony.
NASS valued the 2014 Iowa honey crop at $3.7 million, down nearly 20 percent from the prior year’s $4.5 million crop.