Airborne honey on their website have/had rough stats of honey production/hive numbers going back to early 80s, In all that time through all the different hive number fluctuations, the honey per hive has stayed around 25-33kg per hive.And let's put this into context... Figures for the late 1920s and early 1930s are hard to come by, but as near as I can tell, there would have been about 100,000 hives in the country in 1928. Maybe not 10 times as many hives now, but not very far off.
A point I wanted to make was that the call for restrictions on the number of hives, the fear that other hives in the district will take away the possibility of producing a good crop, has been with the industry from the beginning.
At *some* point, over-crowding will cause problems, but it seems that beekeepers have felt that we were at that point throughout the industry's history.
So does that confirm or deny overcrowding ?Airborne honey on their website have/had rough stats of honey production/hive numbers going back to early 80s, In all that time through all the different hive number fluctuations, the honey per hive has stayed around 25-33kg per hive.
Those hive numbers were down to 230,000 and up to about 870,000So does that confirm or deny overcrowding ?
Hobbyist hives/honey only make up 1-2% of any crop and hive numbers so not relevant, this is a general rough guide as I mention in my first post. It will be based on honey sales local and international.where is the annual honey crop figure drawn from?
As hobby beekeeper, I do not declare my yield anywhere, yet my hives are included in the total hive count.
When do commercials declare their crop yield?
Thanks, the kg/h table was me on my calculator not from Airborne table.I have to question some of the numbers in the summary table provided by @Dennis Crowley - the production/hive numbers didn't look right. Try this one:
Year Hives Crop Kg/hive 1980 233,810 7,489 32 1985 309,613 10,314 33 1990 318,203 8,752 28 1995 293,080 8,047 27 2000 320,113 9,609 30 2005 292,928 9,689 33 2010 376,672 12,553 33 2015 575,872 19,710 34 2018 879,758 20,000 23
It does indicate that the kg/hive has dropped somewhat over that time, but not nearly as much as I thought it might be, given the introduction of varroa into the equation in 2000.