Re: sure death with no treatments?
I found this USDA report for honey production for Michigan.
Looks like 60lbs is about average...
United States Department of Agriculture
National Agricultural Statistics Service
Michigan Field Office
Cooperating with Michigan Department of Agriculture
Agriculture Across Michigan
Michigan Honey Production Up 12 Percent
Michigan honey production for 2009 totaled 3.96 million pounds, down 24
percent from 2008. This estimate included honey from producers with 5 or more
colonies. Nationally, Michigan ranked ninth in honey production in 2009, down
from seventh in 2008. Yields from Michigan's 66,000 colonies producing honey
averaged 60 pounds in 2009, compared with 73 pounds the previous year.
Michigan honey price averaged $1.51 per pound, up 7 cents per pound from
last year. Value of production totaled $5.98 million, down 20 percent from
2008. Honey stocks were 1.51 million pounds, down 26 percent from 2008.
Nationally, honey production in 2009 from producers with five or more
colonies totaled 144 million pounds, down 12 percent from 2008. There were
2.46 million colonies producing honey in 2009, up 5 percent from 2008. Yield
per colony averaged 58.5 pounds, down 16 percent from the 69.9 pounds in
2008, and is the lowest yield since 1989. Colonies which produced honey in
more than one State were counted in each State where the honey was produced.
Therefore, yields per colony may be understated, but total production would
not be impacted. Colonies were not included if honey was not harvested.
Producer honey stocks were 37.2 million pounds on December 15, 2009, down 27
percent from a year earlier. Stocks held by producers exclude those held
under the commodity loan program.
Honey prices increased to a record high during 2009 to 144.5 cents, up 2
percent from 142.1 cents in 2008. U.S. and State level prices reflect the
portions of honey sold through retail, cooperatives, and private channels.
Prices for each color class are derived by weighting the quantities sold for
each marketing channel. Prices for the 2008 crop reflect honey sold in 2008
and 2009. Some 2008 crop honey was sold in 2009, which caused some revisions
to the 2008 crop prices.
20+ years, raise my own queens, feed when needed, I treat but have not perfected varroa management yet.