Honey production in Kansas is up from 2021, despite a decrease in hives.
According to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, honey production last year from producers with five or more colonies was up 27%, totaling 372,000 pounds. There were 6,000 honey-producing colonies in Kansas during 2022, down 14% from 2021. Average yield was 62 pounds per colony, up 20 pounds from 2021. Prices for the 2022 crop averaged $3.65 per pound, up from $3.07 per pound in 2021. Prices were based on retail sales by producers and sales to private processors and cooperatives. Total value of honey produced in 2022 was $1.36 million up 50% from 2021.