9 Points from Honey Bee Colonies Report

On Jan. 1, 2018, there were 2.63 million colonies in the United States, compared to 2.64 million a year earlier.

Here’s a look a more numbers from the report:

  • On April 1, 2018, there were 2.69 million honey bee colonies in the U.S., which is the same as April 1, 2017. On July 1, 2017, there were 2.99 million colonies and there were 2.85 million colonies on Oct. 1, 2017.
  • From January 2018 through March 2018, 425,000 or 16% of colonies were lost at operations with five or more colonies.
  • The number of colonies lost from April through June 2018 was 270,000, or 10%.
  • From October through December 2017, 15% of colonies, or 425,000 were lost, which was the highest of any quarter in 2017.
  • The 2017 quarter with the lowest number of colonies lost was April through June, with 11% loss, or 286,000 colonies.
  • From January through March 2018, 513,000 colonies were added and during the April through June 2018 quarter, 726,000 colonies were added. During the April through June 2017 quarter, 613,000 colonies were added.
  • From January through March 2018, 289,000 colonies, or 11%, were renovated. During the April through June 2018 quarter, 715,000 colonies, or 27% were renovated. From April through June 2017, 763,000, or 28%, of colonies were renovated.
  • There was a 15% increase from a year earlier in colonies lost with Colony Collapse Disorder symptoms from January through March 2018, with 77.8 thousand colonies lost. Colonies lost with Colony Collapse Disorder meet the following criteria: Little to no buildup of dead bees in the hive or at the hive entrance, rapid loss of adult honey bee population despite the presenece of queen, capped brood and food reserves and absence or delayed robbing of the food reserves and the loss is not attributable to varroa or nosema loads.
  • Varroa mites were the No. 1 stressor for operations with five or more colonies. From January through March 2018, 40.8% of colonies were reported to be affected by varroa mites and from April through June 2018, 53.4% were affected.

Source: American Agriculturist

ProAg Quick Links

Agent Toolbox Grower Toolbox Careers

ProAg News

Corn Prices Heating Up

Despite the USDA raising 2018-19 marketing year ending stocks for corn in last Thursday’s WASDE report, corn prices moved higher to end the week. December corn futures prices returned to the levels seen before the surprising June Acreage report....

More Resilient Flood Control

In the wake of flooding that has inundated the Midwest, people offer different perspectives calling for more investment in flood control infrastructure as recovery begins along the Missouri River and in much of the Mississippi River watershed....

Why MFP 2019 Will Be A Disappointment For Some

The flow of meaningful information from USDA leadership about MFP 2019 payments has remained painfully slow. While there is no way of knowing the exact county-level payment rates, this week's post considers the big-picture impacts of how a 2019 MFP program might roll-out....
Get ProAg updates via email
Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now