Canadian honey production up
By Top Crop Manager
Dec. 9, 2015 - Canadian beekeepers produced 95.3 million pounds of honey in 2015, up 11.4 per cent from 2014, according to Statistics Canada report released today (see Chart 1, below). There were 8,533 beekeepers in 2015, 365 less than in 2014.
The total value of honey rose 10.9 per cent from 2014 to $232.0 million as a result of increased production. The average price of honey was stable at $2.43 per pound.
On average, each colony had a yield of 132 pounds of honey, nine pounds more than in 2014.
The number of colonies rose 3.6 per cent from 696,252 to 721,106. This increase was attributable to favourable weather conditions that reduced winter losses, particularly in the Prairie provinces.
Honey production in Alberta, the top producer in Canada, was 42.8 million pounds, up 20.4 per cent from 35.5 million pounds in 2014. Yields rose from 125 pounds per colony to 145 pounds.
In Saskatchewan, honey production increased from 16.5 million pounds in 2014 to 18.8 million pounds in 2015, as a result of more colonies and higher yields.
In Manitoba, although yields were lower, production rose from 14.1 million pounds in 2014 to 16.0 million pounds. This increase was attributable to more honey-producing colonies in the province in 2015.
Chart 1: Production of honey
Source: Statistics Canada.