Although honey production nationwide was down only 4 percent, it fell by more than 30 percent in California, according to a recently released report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

California showed declines in both the number of honey-producing colonies and the yield per colony.

Despite the decreases, the state remained the number two honey-producing state, behind North Dakota.

Honey production nationwide totaled 148 million pounds in 2007, down 4 percent from 2006.

There were 2.44 million colonies producing honey in 2007, up 2 percent from 2006.

Yield per colony averaged 60.8 pounds, down 6 percent from the 64.7 pounds in 2006.

The 2007 honey price was 103.2 cents, down slightly from 103.6 cents in 2006.

To read the full report, click here.

To subscribe to the print version of The Grower, click here.