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Wisconsin's honey output falls by 14.5% in 2013

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's honey bees were not nearly as busy last year as in 2012.

The USDA said the Badger State's honey output dropped by 14.5 percent, to just over three-and-a-half million pounds for the year. That's the 10th-highest in the nation, down from 9th in 2012.

Wisconsin had 59 bee colonies, one fewer than the year before -- and each colony made 60 pounds of honey, nine pounds less than the previous year. The Badger State's output was still higher than the national average of 56.5 pounds per colony in 2013.

The data is collected from those with five or more colonies.

Wisconsin producers were able to sell their honey for 12 percent more than in 2012, with an average price of $2.31 a pound. That's above the national average of $2.12, a record high that was six percent more than the year before.

Nationally, honey production totaled 149.5 million pounds, five percent more than in 2012.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)