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Where does most honey come from in the US? Where is the highest average production per hive? According the Uncle Sam (who can't keep track of the money I must admit) the Dakotas take top spots :applause:

http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/current/Hone/Hone-02-26-2010.pdf

Those of you in the business there probably already know this, but it's news for some of us.
 

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News to those who are new to beekeeping, not to those who have been around for a while and pay attention to such things. ND and SD have been the leading honey producing states for decades, w/ FL just about the only eastern state regularly in the top ten.

NY got into the top ten some years ago when there was too much drought in the west and bumper crops in the east.
 

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I better tell my Florida Bees to get to work, third thru 10th place sucks, I want to win :D. Good info, thanks and congrats once again to the Dakotas :thumbsup:
 

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Supposedly, average Ohio hive produced 50 pounds of honey. This includes one beekeeping operation which produced almost 20% of Ohio's total crop. That beekeeper's average per hive was higher than the average hive production for any other state.

Management is everything. A good beekeeper can do good in a bad state. That one beekeeper increased Ohio's average hive production by 5 pounds a hive.
 

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Just think of all the tonage that is not recorded each year. How many hobbiest report what they produce? Matter a fact how many comm. guys don't report there crop. I didn't report my 49 ton last year. Last year was a short crop and my APH was only 96 lbs. 2008 crop APH was 159 lb.
I alway thought that the Dakota APH was high then what they have reported.
 
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