Semi-monthly honey report


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Aricultural Marketing Service
fruit and Vegetable Division

Telephone REublic 7-4142
Extension -2176.

Washington 25, D. C.
Wednesday, June 1, 1955.



Reports from the Southern States of Florida,
Georgia, Idisissippi, Louisiana, Southern
Texas, end Califcrnia continue to indicate
Rather small honey flows to date. Good
reins have revived hopes of honey flows in
Northern Texas and Oklahoma. Dry weather
continued to prevail in New Mexico.
In Central and Northern tiers of States
early honey flows have been variable. In
Kentucky and Tenrnessee excessive rainfall
has interferred with nectar flows but plant
conditions are good and beekeepers still
hold out hope for securing a honey crop. In
frryland very gcSod honey flows have occurred
in the Blue Ridg Section, but rather light
flows in the Coastal Plains area. In
Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey un-
usually good spring nectar flows and rapid
colony build-up have occurred, but dry weather,
particularly in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
is threatening the prospects for legume flows:
which are starting. Good early nectar flows
have also occurred throughout the Central and
plains States including Michigan, Wisconsin,
linnesota, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa.
Nebraska and Kansas.. Prospects appear favor-
able for league flows except in Minnesota and
eastern Nebraska where rains are needed.
While winter losses were heavier than usual
in most of these States from the Plains east-
ward, the good spring nectar flow and rapid
spring build-up of colonies hat permitted bee-
keepers to divide strong colonies and make up
at least a part of their winter losses. The
light supply of Southern packages has been a
factor in keeping some beekeepers from replac-
ing all losses.
Below normal tec.neratures have prevailed in
the Rocky Ibuntain and Phcific Northwest
States. As a result colony build-up has been

slower4than usual, but so has plant develop-
ment. Feeding has continued longer than
usual, lloisture conditions are variable.
Heavy rains have broken the drought in the
Arkensas River Valley in eastern Colorado,
but dry weather continued in the Sen Luis
Valley. Rather dry conditions prevail in
Nevada and Utah. Moisture conditions are
good in Montana and fair to good in most other
Demand for large bulk lots of honey continued
good. Very few supplies remain in beekeepers'
hands in northern States and the new crop in
southern States has been moving out as fast
as extracted. Prices were steady as compared
with mid-May, but were higher than at this
time a yepr ago. Beekeepers' sales of large
bulk lots of extracted honey ranged mostly 12-
14# per lb. ,for newlcrop Orange in California
as compared with 10-412. per lb. e year ago.
In Florida prices for White Orange were re-
ported at 13 per lb. as compared with 120
per lb. a year ago; Tupelo honey 160 per lb.
as compared with 151 a year ago; and amber
various flowers 9 173-ll as compared with
8-lOi a year ago. The few scattered sales
of old crop honey in northern Sta.tes ranged
10-160 per lb., depending upon quality and
local demand conditions, with most of the
trading for White or better around 140.
Demand for beeswax continued active with
supplies light. The market remained firm.
Beekeepers' sales f.o.b. shipping point in
lots of 100 pounds or more for either light
or dark color were mostly at 510 in cash or
530 in trade, per pound. Smaller quantity
sales were reported at 42-47#, while an
occasional sale of light color was reported
at 55-65.. (Add to Report No.10 for lFy 16-
Occasional sales of beeswax in saall lots were
were made at 420 per lb.)


cALI_ WILA POILTS: (Period last half of May)
Southern CliforniaL. Temperatures at Los
i-rgeTes Tir ahe period May 13-25 ranged 63-
S91 degrees axioun and 51-60 minimum. There
was only a troce of rainfall.
Colonies zre reported in generally good
normal condition for this time of year.
Swarming w.s below normal in San Diego County.
Bees were beirg acved to sage, buckwheat, and
Imperir1 V: lley locations. The condition of
wild honey plants has improved as a result of
kay rrins. Naxy plants, however, remained
below normal becb lse of the ea-rlier lank of
.dequ-.te moisture. .Bees worked on citrus,

sage, eucalyptus, wild alfalfa,
filaree, mustard, and various other wild
flowers. The orange flow is over and general
extraction has begun. Early estimates
indicate a wide variation in yield of orange
honey, depending upon the producing district.
Early reports in some areas are around 20 to
25 Ibs. surplus.
Supplies of new crop honey to date are very
light and old crop supplies are cleaned up
except for an occasional smtll lot. Domestic
dema.nd was good for the limited supplies.
Export buyewzs-con ued to make inquiry but
no a roy, ,..le were rJ .-

MAY 2 7 1968

L.Fa ",iv. of orida
I- 1r1-rida

Wednesday, June 1, 1955.

IQIL E .RCESSI PQ JlBINPEBJIC COEVED Y.TIH IS These prices reprost sales mad quotations as
reported by correspondent beekeepers and honey handlers. Because o the mny thousads of beekeepers ard
handlers in the country these should be considered as representative prices and not as full and comploto
coverage of all transactions for any State or area.
c_- SE'_s ALsOE BS ~~Ds__ 1 Kl o BiB. _L6-_00.. CVaS, s EfB _I

CALIF. COLO. White, Saeetclover 14-159 del.
IMI.VLY. Light Amber,Alfalfa 120 f.o.b. eight Amber,Mixed Flowers 10 -1l "
SOU. Light Amber, Sage-BucIowheat 1I M11T. White Clover 140 del.Mpls.
Water White, Orange 13 del.
Extra White Orange(small lot) 14 TEAS Amber, Wild Flowers 9 3/40f.o.b.
White Orange (contracts a
purchases) 13 IOWA White, Clover,bottlers offering 160 "
White, Orange, Mixture 120 "
Extra Light Aber, Orang- N EBR. White, Clover 144 "
Eucalyptus 11-11 "
Exta Light Anbcr-White WISC, Clover & Basswood 14# del.
Eucalyptus 10g-ll( Dark Amber to Light Amber,
Light Amber Eucalyptus 10 3/40" Various Flowers 12 "
Light Amber Mixed Flowers
(cans r unead 10ae f.o.b. MINN. Light Amber, Mixed Flowers 13# del.Mpls.
Extra Light Amber, Sage (1954 Crop)l dll..
PT. Clover 15 dol.
CE0T. Extra Light AmbcrEucalyptus 81
Amber, Prun 7 E FIA. Drums (containers exchanged)
Extra Light Amber, Vetch 9 White, Orane 13 del. f.o.b.
AmbcrMixed-lowers 9 1/3 -1i- ..
NMR. Extra Light Amber, Alfalfa 100 Tupelo.U.S.Fancy quality 1 .6 doal
Palmetto a Gallberry 10-lu "
OREG. White,Various Flowers (small lots) 15f.o.b.
I1. White, Clover 60s 13# f.o.b.
drums 2 "

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COLO. White, Sweetclover 16 2/30
T~EAS Clover 1i 3/4 19,.42 .-
Light Amber, Clover-Mosquite 16 -
OKIA. Various Flowers 18
NEBR. Whito, Whito Sweetclover 15
WISC. Clover a Basswood 17- -
Dark Amber to Light Amber 1-
ILL. Swcctclover (to ba t. 16) -
SN.Y. White Clovbr -- 1S
VT. Clover -- 20
MD. Mixed, Wild Flowers S.

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COLO. Whitc, Swoetclover 20
WYO. Cloveir-Alfalfa 1 17
TErXS White, Clover 23 .. 25.330 .
Light Amber, Clover-Mosquite 19 -
OELA. Various Flowers 18 l
Ki:S. Alfalfa-Sweetclover .6 2/30 25
WIkC. Clover & Basswood 200 25
MmII. Clover-Basswood 18.6# 250 fw ?O0
OHIO Clover, .
IID. Light Amber, Clover -
ILL. -Sctclovcr 190 21 1/6f
N.Y. White. Clover -
VT. Clover 21 250 '
MD. Mixed, Wild Flowers 3
TEM. Clover 25

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_SIA_--_I L_ Hnl PR ELOE JR I _g-_N$J 0_1_
I~_M _C_ C_=EE _SLPACLER_ ES _' JlY TO_ _iaOL E _Q_ --CI_ _C__ ~_-C
,-.: -tJ!: __;a -
EYTWCTTEVY m = 12,2-DC.Eia
COLO. White, Sweetclover 660
WYO. Clover 4,80"
TEXLS White, Clover 6.25-6.50 7.10
Light Amber, Clover-Moesiite 5.52
OELA. Various Flowers 5.70 4.80-6.40
nactly 6,20
KITS: AlfalfaSweetclover 5.20
WISC. Clovcr-Basswood 6.00
IDJT. Clover-BasEwood 5.75 7.80
PA. Light Amber, Clover Mixture 5.25-6.75
FL. U. S. Fancy Tupelo 6,60
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COLO. White, Swoetclover 340
WO. Clover 5.40*
TEXAS White, Clover 6.50-6.75 7.30
Light Amber, Clover-Mosquite 6,00
0:1J. Various Flowers 6.00 6.00-6.60
mostly 6.40
K&iS. Alfalfa-Sweetclover 5.40
WISC. Clover & Basswood 6.25 -
MI'E1. Clover & Basswood 6.15 8.40
ILL. Sweetclover 5.70 7.00
N.Y. White, Clover 30,
VT. Clover 6.15 7.25 40A
PA. Light Amber, Clover Mixture 5.75-7.20 400
FLA. U. S. Fancy Tupclo 6.90

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_EXt_ er 0- W1 24, _-nz, a -
COIO. White, Sibetclover 21
TEAS White, Clover 3.75-3.85 4.20
Liigt Amber, Clover-MYsquite 3.60 -
0eLA. Various Flowers 3.45 3.75
I0S. Alfalfa-Sweetclovor 3.30
WISC. Clover & Basswood 3.50
ILL. Sweetclover 3.40 3.90
IA. Light Amber, Clover Mixture 4.20 230
FA. U. S. Farcy Tuplo 4.25 -

COLO. white, Sweetclovr 390
MD, Mixed, Wild Flowers 3 sections 50

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VT. Clover, 24, 2|-oz. sections 3.00 4.00 4.50

-~i~ -c~~o~T T ~~ -- -- - - - - --
TELS Clover 24, -lb. a 33.54A Ib. 36.25 Ilb.
ILL. Swoetelover, 12, 1-.oz. jars $3.20 case $3.90 case -
12, 2-lb. $9.10 case $10.80 case
D. Mixed, Wild Flowers, 5-b. jars 1.50 per jar
10-lb. cans 3.00 er cn

UCS-gfiii -------~ -~ -- -- -- -- ~---- -- --- --- -- -~- -- -- -- ---- -- -----
COLO. White, Sweetclover -- 33
TEXAS Clover, 24, 10-oz. cups 5.35 5.90
IT.Y. Clover, 24, 1-lb. jars fe 12.00 60# jar

- State of origin indicates State where packed, not necessarily where produced. Tho term "Clover" -includes
most legumes such as White Dutch Clover, Hubamn Clover, Yellow and White Sweetclovcr and occasionally such
legumes as alfalfa and Vetch mixed with other Clovers. F.o.b. shipping point sales.
Hote: F.o.b. as used in foregoing means f.o.b. shipping point. Delivered means delivered to buyers packing
plant or receiving point.
over -

Washington 25, D. C.

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Wednesday, June 1, 1955.

i9F J..l'_ YHrrmPNEY~lPQll VOL. X~j O._

cilTllFAUL)91ITS._-2 :LrNiEED _P.Sifi l5
Central California Colonies in general are
about ncraral .fr tTis time of the year. they
are heavy with brood end have good supplies
of pollen and ample honey. eny colonies
were fed to carry them through the cool
weather. movement of bees out of orange
groves has. been very rapid. Some coastal
bees twre being moved to Valley locations.
rany thouseais of colonies have been rented
for the pollination of alfalfa and many
thousands more will be needed. Recent agree-
ments as to rentals range from $3.50 to
$6.50 per colony. host honey plants are in
t'cod normal condition though perhaps later
than usual because of the cool spring
weather. Bees worked on eucalyptus, sage,
willow, berries, ornamental shrubs, Yerba
Santp, ock, madrone, filaree, mustard,alfalfa
liopia, Ladino clover, radish, and mustard
seed crops, buckeye, and various other plants
Early honey was being extracted. Orange
honey yields in the Sen Joaquin Valley are
reported as light.
Aorthrtn_California -Limited reports indicate
colonies mostly in good condition now. Feed-
ing was necessary in many instances earlier
in the season. Swarming was normal or below.
Bees were being moved to vetch and high
elevation manzanita. Honey plants are normal
since the late reins. Bees worked on vetch,
radish, oranges, manzanita at high elevations
and various other plants. A little manzanita
and other early honey was being extracted.
PACIFIC NOlFTI-*0T: (Period last half h y)
Orcgrn_- Temperctures were below normal with
som light frost in the higher altitudes.
H,.ini. II during e y was slightly above normal
Bees have been unable as yet to build up any
reserve although a f; ir yield was reported
in the D llaae nd Hood River sections from
fruit bloom. Locust trees were producing
good flows east of the Cascades. Holdings of
hoiey are very light, with most producers
selling remaining small lots to small buyers.
WV.hinretanr_- Tcncr:tures averaged below
normal and we-re gr.rr: 1ly unfavorable for bee
acti%'itv. Some fetdir, has been necessary.
Bcis in interior v: lleys for pollination of
fruit treus were being removed from orchards
with most colonies having secured enough fued
to I st until later mwin honey flows start.
this despite the cool wc~ther. Beike pers
generally received r-nt; 1 fees for rnllir.atio
of around $7.00 per colony in the fenratchee-
Okenog.;- District, with a few at $9.00, and
occ~,sion ly high as $15.00 for very strong
coloni. s. Whilt; weather was colder than
usu. 1 throughout the fruit blossoming, there
were sufficient worm spells to assure good
pollination. R.~--inirg honey supplies are
light, nd the dr. rl exceeds the supply with
th1 market stcady to firm.
IlIMU2N__AIN 5TAES.L (Period May 10 24)
Color io Pr-cipitrtion during the three-
week ;,uriori ending b# y 2y mounted to 4 to 6
inches in the ark- nr. s River Valley and
broke the severe drought which prevailed


there. The heavy preciuitation did not recch
westward into the 5.n "Luis Valley, where
drought conditions continued to prevail.
Light amounts of rain fell in northeastern
Colorado, but practically none fell west of
the iocky contains. Weather was colder than
usual and windy over the entire State during
this period, and unfav'orable for the bees to
work. This has prevented bees from working
dandelion End other early bloom except for a
few days and as a result most colonies have
been living on a hend-to-mouth basis. Losses
from starvation are likely to occur before the
main flow begins, rany colonies are weak,
although a few are at swarming strength.
Yellow sweetclover was just starting to bloom
in the Palisades area.
htiotan4 moisture conditions have continued
, good, and colonies of bees have built up well
despite below normal te meratures. However,
losses of packace bees though poor acceptance
and Door JluErns h's been unusually high.
Idaho Tri.-.nretures averaged below normal
throughout this period and-precipitation was
light except in the mountain area where
additional snow fell which should help the
moisture supply for irrigation. Temperatures
warned during the period aind in the tper
Snake River Valley the srir.g flow from
dandelions and fruit bloom was just getting
underway, about a month later than norUal,
, Bees were making a living and feeding has
been discontinued. Colories were building un
rapidly. Alfalfa was growing rapidly and
little time should between the dJndelion
ind the clflIlf& nectar flows. Winter losses
have been heavier than normal, er.i more
package bees then normcil have been brought in,
Alfclfa and sweetclover supply conditions are
. poor in so;..e areas because of morL stock
grazing, and being suhlE.nted with gr;-in crops.
however, moisture conditions for these crops
are generElly
Utah Due to a hard winter, losses of bees
Tas been heavier than usurl cand many clusters
Ere srF.ll. leather, although colder than
usual, turned warn urir. this period End
colonies of bees were active on dandelion and
fruit bloom. Build-up was progressing rpidlyf
Cloudy, reiy conditions at the close of the
period may bring on swarming vtry r-apidly.
W ynrjrg RE in on re.y 15 Lnd again cn the
22nd brought about 2 inches of moisture to
parts of the State after a drouthy spring.
n PI.r.t conditions ore lk.te vith riandelions just
blooming. There is a scarcity of clover
pl nts, but alfalfa hs :ppErently wintered
NevpAA_-_ Colonies of bees have been making
good g; ins from spring flowers ;nd shrubs,
l though the we: t.'-r still remains very cold.
ProsLects tre for a water shortLgL in most
irrigated districts.
SGL.HWiESTJdi4l_Sr.TS: (Period biy 11 'y 25)
LowIe i. Qrnd&,Vo .liey. Commerc i. 1 bee-
eepers were moving bees out of this district
as cotton iustin- with poison spr y was
getting into full swin.g. Prior to moving, c
light honEy flow wrL in proi-'ess from clover
tani other sources.
inued -

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Wednesday, June 1, 1955.


Southwest Tegas -A good r in fell during this
period, but its favorable stimulus to plants
had not yet taken effect in so far as a nectar
flow is concerned. There is no honey surplus
produced so far only what the bees have used
Eagst_-;l_ Southeast Tegxas_- Recent good rains
rpn ing from one-half to several inches were
highly beneficial to wild and cultivated crop
plants but more rain is needed. Colonies
of bees are in fair to good condition. In
some areas the colonies are weaker than usual
due to lack of brood in ilhrch because of cold
wer.ther. Bees were gathering considerable
nectar from horscmint and other wild plants,
but the plants were not in sufficient abundance
to yield may surplus. Cowitch, eardrop vine
and cotton are generally in good condition.
Northe.Lst. Teas. Rlains during the last week
of the period amounting to over 4 inches have
greatly relieved the dry conditions which were
developing in the top soil. Showers fell
-lmost dr il but the heaviest rains came on
I'y 26 nr.d S7 when over 3 inches fell. These
rains have greatly reduced the prospects for
a vetch honey flow, as this plant is now
almost through blooming. A good flow was
developing before the reins. In all
probability the rein will mean more towards
future nectar flows than the vetch flow would
have amounted to without rain, some beeyards
were hurt by poison ussion vetch, but this
danger should be post now. Cotton is growing
rapidly End so is what little clover there is,
but the plants are very smcll as they had to b
reseeded because of .the March freeze. This
merns the bloom will come several weeks later
in the season or right during the hot part of
the summer and unless there are ample rcins at
that time, the flow will amount to nil.
Oklrhoma_- Heavy rr ins have fallen during the
month of i -y and have improved the condition
of all honey producing plants. Bees were
working milkweed ,nd getting quite a lot of
pollen from ground flowers. China berry will
be in bloom soon. Colony buildup has been
good from these early flowers. Yellow sweet-
clover was coming into full bloom and will be
followed by white sweetclover, vetch and white
Dutch clover. Alfalfa may also produce a
nectar flow. However, the past prolonged
drought killed most of these pl.nts. AIffalfa
seed is in good deia;nd this fhll, and if
rains continue, fie4 for production of
alfalfa seed could be of benefit to honey
New Maxico Bees in the vesilla Valley are in
just fair condition beekeepers were still
waiting for rain to brerk the drought. In the
vicinity of Albuquerque colonies of bees are
running short of stores on account of the late
sec son a'd dry weather.. Xany hives will hove
to be fed.
rLAISST S:-_ (Period nky 11 25)
Iowa Colonies of bees have built up rapidly
because of the warm spring and are in good
condition. Packages were also building up
exceptionally well, Dandelions bloomed
prolifically and yielded well. In central
and southern areas white Dutch clover, yellow
sweetclote and alsike were in bloom

Plant development is 10 days to three weeks
ahead of normal. Rain on the last day or
two of the period has put these legumes in
good condition in all areas except the south-
Swest corner, and in that section plants were
not yet suffering from the dry weather.
However, because of the shortage of yellow
sweetclover plants in southwestern Iowa honey
crop prospects are poor. Clovers are scarce
in central Iowa also. Not all winter losses
of bees have been replaced because of the
ipckage shortage in southeastern States,
lack of money to purchase them in areas where
the honey crop was poor last year, and be-
cause of the uncertain honey crop prospects
e following the dry weather of last year.
Movement of honey continued normal at steady
NeLr.aska_- Colonies of bees are generally in
good condition. Dry weather continued
throughout this period in the eastern part
of the State. Alfalfa needs moisture badly.
Yellow sweetclover was starting to bloom.
If rains do not come soon the honey flow, if
any,will be short. In central and western
Nebraska good reins fell during this period
and have greatly improved the outlook for a
honey cron. Alfalfa was just starting to
bloom inthese areas. Dandalion, willow,and
fruit bloom have provided the best spring
flow in years, although no surplus.
Kansas_- Weather conditions have changed
during this period from dry to wet, the
e change to the better from a honey production
standpoint. All vegetation was growing
rapidly. In yards where colonies of bees are
strong, honey crop possibilities are good,
Colonies are in fair strength, with some re-
ports of swarming. Vetch and yellow sweet-
clover were in bloom, and white sweetclover
was beginning to bloom or is due to start in
a week to ten days depending upon the part
of the State. White sweetclover is expected
to provide the main flow. A little white
Dutch clover was in bloom, but was not pro-
ducing nectar, at least in some localities.
Vetch was yielding well in the Southeastern
part of the State.
hissaQur.i The drought has been broken by
heavy rains. In the west central portion of
the State small patches of sweetclover and
white Dutch clover were providing bees with
a living, but there will be no surplus from
these plants. There has been some swarming.
(Peri~od-- .y-l 12 26) .
lhih.gan__ With the exception of damage
from a freeze around IPay 9 which froze the
locust bloom in some areas and damaged cpple
and peach buds weather has been generally
favorable for beekeeping. Temperatures have
been warm enough for flights and plant con-
ditions are a week to ten days ahead of
normal. A good rain on hey 22 and 23 broke
a short dry period Raspberries end clovers
were beginning to bloom. Colonies of bees
were building up normal strength, but with
clovers opening e-rly some may not be ready
for the flow. host colonies made enough
honey from dandelions end fruit bloom to
cErry them until the main flows begin.

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Washington 25, D. C.


However, some colonies were still in need of
feeding. Winter losses were heavier than
usutl, and not all losses were mode u, by
;:ckrges, prtly because of -.ckc.gts being
hrd o get. Prospects for e. hon~y flow are
reported as rather poor in some parts of the
rhumt section to good in most other araos,
with future vw.-t'hr cnmlitions the deciiring
Wisconsin -The outlook for a honey flow is
vrriT-T1. In parts of the Strte recent rains
hive put plants in good condition, but in
others moisture cor. itions re very dry and
Fprc-p'.cts for s.r-ct r flows will diminish
if r ins do not come. Bees have built up
well from thorn cpples, dandelions, red and
white ork raspberries and fruit treeswith
strorg colonies at swarming strength. Clovers
were str.rting to bloom in some sections of
the Strte but will not begin until around
June 10 in more northern areas.
NMinnesotr -The season is more th-n two weeks
ihed ofa-n overL. I year. likek, red clover,
end white Dutch clover have started to bloom
or are in full bloom depending on the locality.
April and -.y were both w.rrmer thrn usurl cnd
both very dry. Pastures have been brown for
several days and white Dutch clover will not
r produce nectar if rainfell is't heayy very
soon. alsike yards may fare no better as
the ground is cracked badly in the fields.
On the other hand, sweetclover stands look
the best in several year in arts of the
State which is bcliuved due to the fact that
weevil iamare was not severe last year.Plants
are not plfJitiful, however, in some areas.
Basswood trees are full of young buds, but a
honey flow from this source is doubtful unless
there are heavy rains to soak the soil. From
a vegetation standpoint, the future water and
weather will be the determining factors for a
honey flow. Colonies of bees are in excellent
condition, and have kept pace with the warm
weather. While nine consecutive days of
extreme wind during the apTle and plum bloom
:reventcd bees froEd dining anything from
these snurces, the latKr bloom from thorn
apple, crab apple, and dandelion teamed up to
give the best spring flow in years. The
strongest colonies were able to store a
surplus of dandelion a few o~d colonies as
much as 30 to 40 pounds.
i p_- Prospects are very bright for a oodl
white clover honey flow this season. The
flow showed first evidence in southern Lhif
on lay 20, and advanced steadily northward.
Weather has been warm and humid with cool
nights. The seFson is two weeks in advance
of norcial. Showers have be-n intermittent and
spotty, end some areas particularly in western
and northwestern parts of the State are on the
dry sid.-. Ut.h.r areas are de..p,particularly
in the northeastern portion and also in the
Cincinnati area. Weather was generally cool
Pnd cloudy ct the close of the period. SwirL-
ing was -revPlent in mismanagcd and nctlcctd
e.iries. host colonies ir. wll nopul;,ttd
and have aLundint stores. Very little honey
remains in producers' hands. Demand was good
f,-r crude blswax with supplies very scarce.
Indiana -Thert wes no of the honey
lo3w ti'ou dandelion to clover bloom except

as bad weather interrupted it. Bitter
cress, various weeds, locust, blackberries
and a few other .la nts bride.ed the gap with
a light flow. :oth hcnr-,y r.' ts ir.- ).-.s
are in better th'rr. 'avrage condition and
prospects for ;ouc honey crop are very
romIsing. Recent rains over most all parts
of the S atu huve improved the condition of
clovers. LittlL white Dutch is much more in
evidence than for several ycFrs. Yellow
swcitclov.r, white Lutch, and lsike are
showing he:-vy blooms in all pEarts of the
Stat. excert in the extreme north where
they will be blooming within a-very few days.
The flow from clover is now on and nectar
is coming in rather rapidly. This flow is
about two weeks in rdvence of normal. Swarm-
ing has been much in evidence in apiaries
wh.erc proiLr control methods hLve not becc
te loyeld. The condition afcolonies is
variable,, with some very strong while others
remain weak. Some yc.rds are better than
others. Winter losses were about 5 percent
on the average. Some of the colonies are
we k due to near starvation prior to the
fruit and dandelion bloom. Practically no
sizable lots of old honey rectin for sale.
host.beck:cpers do not have enough to supply
their rgulzr custor-rs. Otherwise, loc:.1
demanJ h;:s hben slow.
Illinois Bees were still living on a hand-
to-nouth-hasis, but they should soon
commence to gather surplus honey. Yellow
sweetclover has come into full bloou but
white sweetclover has not yet startcA.
Over-wintered colonies have full frames of
brood, and the hive body will filled with
these frames (where their food supply has
been kept un by feeding), as comprt.d to
half or third filled fr~azs of brood the
past three ye rs. Packgce bee installc.tions
from the south insti lled in kf.y, are not in
very strong condition. moisture conditions
are about norcml, plant growth is good, End
prospects '.Ti,;r promising for a honey flow.
The srcson is well .dv-nced.
NO1HE.T EESThTE.S: (Period M 3y 13 27)
Nex YorJk Early honey flows from dindelions,
Truit bloom End v-trious other early flowers
have been unusually gooi .nd colonies have
built up very well. Considerable swarMing
has occurred, particularly rn colonies run
for section comb hor.y production. Part of
the heavier than usuF1 winter losses hE.s
been ade up by dividing strong colonies.
Pr-ckfge instldi.tions hEve built up well.
I'here were so-e losses of bees in fruit
orchards froL spr:y poisoning. Colonies on
Fishers Islknd -.r- wer.k. h: Maf, 11 ws very
light lurirn the first thrct wu-ks of ~M.y
Lnd the wfter level in so.c of the Tinger
Lakes .Iroj- .l. The dry wea ther w. s not
f.vor i-1-. Tor lovers. Sci.ttered reins
vac-rin from light to h.vy croL at the close
of Ey,were very b nufici ., Fnd im-
Irov' the prospects for r :ool honey flow.
YLllow swcetclover .nd white Dutch clover
were coming into bloom, but were not yet
yielding nect:r.
Ver.ont gatherl-. consi.ier.ble honey
froin h rlnelions this perioJ. Early trefoil
was just starting to bloor in f few nrcc.s

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Vednesd&y, June 1, 1955.


where grown. Weather has been dry for a
month rnd rain is needed badly. Colonies
of bees ere in fair condition.
Pejnn.~ylvania_- The errly honey flows from
locust, rocket, and early fruit bloomhave been
unusually good. Good flows were starting from
raspberry and are due to start soon from :
clovers. moisture conditions have been dry
for sore time and unless rains come soon the
flow from raspberry and clovers will be short.
Colonies are in top condition for these flows.
The demand was good for bees in orchards for
New Jersey Locust has about finished bloom-
ir an3 tuTin poplar and blackberries were
coming into full bloom. Colonies have been
storiin a surplus where swarming has not been
a problem. Although the weather has been dry,
beekeepers are optimistic about honey flow

.(Peri_ _y- 1 27) _

ECrylani_- There was a good soaking rain the
first two days of this period (Iay 13 and 14)
but there has been no rain of any consequence
since. Rainfall for the year is still below
jorual field crops need rain. An unusually
good honey flow has occurred in the Blue
idge section the best in several years.
The tulip flow in that section began on Iay
22 and was good, as was the flow from berries
which started on Fay 21. Wild cherry has
been blooning'for 3 weeks depending upon
elevation. Locust yielded sboe.Bees were also
working on dandelion, chickweed, domestic
flowers and white clover. huch clover was in
bloom. In the vicinity of Washington, D. C.,
the honey flow has been on since'Pay 10 to
12. For some reason the bees passed up tulip
tree bloom and what locust bloom was available
for some other source that has been yielding
a nectar somewhat lighter than tulip tree.
Blackberry is suspected as the flow slackened
when the blackberry blooms dropped. The honey
has an agreeable flavor but is different then
ever before obtained in this part of the
State. White clover bloom, to date, is rather
scarce and does not appear very promising for
a nectar flow, unless timely rains occur.
Sweetclover was in bloom but not abundant
enough to offer much. Sumac was heading up,
but not yet in bloom. In the Washington,
D. C. area, to date only about 1/2 of a cro: i
is on the hives. Very little new cro- honey
has been offered for sale. Some large sales
of bees heve been made in the Blue Ridge
Section due to continuing annual dark honey
crops. Honey stored so for this season in
this section is of dark color.
Kentucky Excessive rainfEll has retarded
the best efforts of the bees. Winds have
likewise interferred, and so has cool weather.
Despite these handicrps, colonies were build-
ing up splendidly in sore yards, and some
swarms have issued. However, in some
locations colonies are in a weakened condition,
and there has been little swarming. Yellow
and white sweetclover were being worked
vigorously. With the coming of warmer and
more settled weather an unusually large honey
crop could yet be secured. Conditions are quite variable
over the State. In the north central
portion of the State weather has been rainy,
ut the honey flow has also been good. In
the central and western parts of the State
there has been too much rein and cool wet
weather. Bees failed to make any surplus
from rn.oil.r, which is through blooming, and
clover is about all that remains. The latter
yielded fairly well a short time ecrly in
-.y. Colonies of bees are weik for the
season of the year, and very few have reached
strength to issue swarus.
SOUTEAS TE RiSTAES: (Period nay 12 26)
Georgia -Several good rains have fallen and
greatly improved moisture conditions.
However, the r.ins were not Stcte-wide and
were spotted, and some eaeas are still
suffering from extremely dry weather. Where
the rains were heavy prospects have improved
for summer and fall nectar flows. The spring
flow is about over in south Georgia with very
little surplus gathered,- almost a complete
failure. No cofb honey has been harvested
and practically no bulk honnv. Some bee-
keepers were still beving to feed their bees,
Package shippers report tne den nd for
package bees has been unusually heavy, and
shipments though late hfve been heavy.
Florida In the Lake Okeechobee Section
extracting of palmetto honey was in progress,
and a good crop was secured. The orange
cro.T in this section was of average size.
There has been too much rain recently for
bees to gather honey only about one after-
noon suitable for bee flights every three
days. The p-lcetto honey crop apTne'rs to be
very poor o., the Coast. Dry weather
cut the flow down in the central part of the
State until about the last 10 days of the
bloon, and then frequent rains ended the
flow. IilIny hives placed in watermelon and
cucumber fields for pollination failed to
make a crop of scrub palmetto honey due to
parnthion spraying or dusting for aphids and
partly because the fErm:s were in poor
palmetto locations. However, the spray and
dust were the vain causes for the light
flows. In northern Florida good rE.ins fell
during this period but bees were inactive as
nectar sources were still lacking on account
of the spring freezes. Gallberry w, s
dFmaged so severely by the frost th t it will
not recover.
isissippi The honey crop in southern
Fississippi is expected to be the poorest in
the experience of some beekeepers. The poor
crop is attributed to the late spring freeze
and to dry weather. In West-Contr-l areas
dry weather has practically stopped the
nectar flow from vetch and clover, nnd
prospects are poor for a normal crop. Good
rains fell on iky 22 and 23 but c-ue too late
to help e-rly plnts such as vetch and the
eirly clover bloom. Colonies have a ple
stores, and in a few cases some surplus.
Package producing colonies are much below
normal in bees r:nd stores.

Louis.i._na ( See page 8)

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.T shington 25, D. C.

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Wednesday, June 1, 1955.

RuEifeT Tc'ouf Tohe FureKu-oT gUnsusl
E T J CEYOT SE:.3nTT rTON ------7 _irfiU ?F ORtGlT
Pcunds -- d
West Germrny 1,OT8,6 Cuba f Nf 1
:7Itherlands 138,013 Brazil 110,230
3elgium and Luxiemboug 122,270 Angola 74,179
Caneda (Including Newfoundland and Ethiopia (Abyssinia) 60,319
Labrador) 87,860 Dominican Republic 54 249
PEru 4,380 Mjexco 40,472
Republic cf the Philippines 1,944 Haiti 7,537
Netherlands Antilles 720 Chile 6,600
Others / 7,500 Spain 4,189




.-- hjr-Y-_,7 UrYT C- -

Dominican Republic

b 3S,7'1



_/ "Starting with JrnuEry 1954,'other
countries' includes, in c.Adition to shipments
to non-listed countries, those shipments to
listed countries that are valued at less than
500 each when the number of such shipments
to a country in a given month is few. This
change results from sampling procedures
adopted by the Burecu of Census.

SC1UThFASTERN_ST.ATES:Cont inued from page 7 -
Louigsina The light colored clover honey
crop will be short this year. The weather wea
dry for E long period during the errly pert
of the bloom, and when the rain did come, it
rained nearly every day for 10 days and the
nights were cool. The' rr ins provided badly
needed moisture to the soil and probably pro-
longed the nectcr secretion by white clover.
At the close of the period the spring honey
flow wcs nearly over. Daring &y the better
colonies at the University Station at Baton
Rouge orde net gains of between 50 and 60
pounds. Principal honey plants in bloom were
white clover, vervain, Yudbckia sp..
with wild gr',pe just starting to bloui.
Prices offered for honey are higher than a
yeer ego. Dearnd for quenrs has been good.

W~r~'ril~L\rl "f~, n, a.


WWednesday, June 1, L55.


(Arrivals include receipts during preceding two weess.- Unless otherwise shown prices rep-
resent sales or current quotations by brokers, local bottlers, or other receivers to whole-
salers and large retailers for small containers, and to bakers, confectioners, or other
large users for 60-1b. containers or larger containers, Market condition comments represent
the cl.inion of the trade and are for the last half of May. All quotations are extracted
unless otherwise shown. 60-1b. cans are on a pound basis and smaller units of extracted and
other types of honey are on per case basis unless otherwise shown, Beeswax prices are per
pound. Honey prices at some markets are "list" prices and are subject to various discounts.)

BOSTCO: Arrivals none. Demand slow, market
- dulT.
White Clover, 6, 5-lb. jars 6.40
1?, 2-lb. jars 6.25
24, 1-lb. jars 6.00-6.70
12 1-lb. ars 3.38
12 1-lb. servers 4.90
24, 12-oz. jars 5.60
24, 8-oz. jars 3.80-3.95
36, 4-oz. ars 3.60
CR iED, 12, 12-oz. cups 2.83
CHICAGO: Arrivals 218 320 Ibs. domestic.
- -eland -co:i, market slightly unsettled.
i4ILWESTE3lJ, ner lb., 60-lb. tins
1hite Clover, 1 lot' .17- 18
Light Amber .17;-.186
some low as .16 -.17
some high as .19
White Clover
Cartons, 12, 5-lb. tins 13.70
12, l-lb. jabs 3.25
24, l-lb.(self-service) jars 6.45
24, 12-oz. jars 5.25
24, 8-oz. (self-service) jars 3,95
.36, 4-oz. 3,60
CRA&dED, 12, 12-oz, 2.75

CINCINNATI: Arrivals 14,312 lbs.
- DemdKr, moderate, market steady.
12, 5-lb. jars few
24, 1-lb, Jars
12, 1-lb. jars
S24, 8-oz. Jars


DFIiNE.F: Supplies very scarce. Deaand slow,
ruarket steady.
Sweet Clover, COLORADO
12, 28-oz. jars 5.35-5.55
12, 20-oz. jars 4.75-5.00
12, 8-oz. jars 2.40-2.60
24 8-oz. jars 4.35-4.60
24, 16-oz. jars 6.65-7.00
12, 32-oz. jars 6.45-6.75
12, 5-lb. tins 12.00-12,85
6 5-1b. glss 6.90-7.10
CJEAMED 24, 12-oz, cups 7.10-7.25
12, 12-oz. glass 3.00-3.25
IETROIT: Arrivals 10,120 lbs. domestic. Demand
sTow, market about steady.
Mixed Flowers, mostly White Clover
6, 5-lb. -6.00-6.40
12, 2-lb. 5.65
24, 1-lb. 5.50-5.75
24, 8-oz. 3.15-3.25
Bulk, 60-lb. tins
White, Clover, per lb. .17- .18
_KiSAS_.CTY: Arrivals 1 car Mexico,

aimitei. -larket steady.
12, 8-oz. glass
12, 1-lb. glass
12, 2-lb. glass


LOS ANGELES: Market steady.
Prices to retailers -
White (or better) Orange, Sage, Clover
6 5-lb. tin or glass 6.00-6.60
1, 32-oz. jars 6.35-6.80
12, 24-oz. Jars 5.20
12, 16-oz. Jars 3.35-3.55
12, 12-oz. jars 2.61-2.85
24, 8-oz. jars 3.80-4.04
Light Amber, Blended Flavors
12, 2-lb. tins 5,20
24, 1-lb. jars 5.40
Extra Light Amber, Alfalfa,12,5# tinslO.20
-Blended Flavors
6,. 5-lb. tins. 5.25-5,60
12, 32-oz. jars 5.60
12, 16-oz. Jars 2.95
24 8-oz. jars 3.45
White (or better)assorted Orange, Sage,
24, 8-oz. jars 4.12-4.14
White (or better) Buckwheat, Orange,
Clover, Sage
12, 8-oz. jars 2.04
White, Orange-Clover
12, 1-lb. glass servers 4.50-4.75
CREAMED: White (or better) Orange, Clover
12 12-oz. cups 2.75-2.93
24 12-oz. cups 5.85
CHUNK COiB pack, White, Sage, Clover
12, 16-oz. jars 5.15
12 8-oz. jars 2.90
COPB, White, Clover
12,' 12-oz. sections 4.80
Honey & Butter Plain and Cinnamon
12, 6--oz. cups 3.15
Jellied money Clover and Orange
12 10-oz. jars '2.85
BEESiWAX: Arrivals by truck 3500 Ibs.
domestic. Supplies light. Demand moderate,
market about steady, Purchases by local
receivers delivered Los Angeles -
Cash .51
Trade .53
some dark low as (in cash) .50
iITIlEAFOLIS: Arrivals by truck Mont, ite
CTover T3 (700 lb. per rum); iinn. 95, 60-
lb, cans Light Amber, Demand small
containers good large containers fair.
U. S. Fancy Blended honey-Price to jobbers-
24, 8-oz. jars 3.60
12, 1-lb. ars 3.10
12,-2-lb. jars 5.85
6, 3-lb. jars 4.10
6, 5-lb. jars 5.80
24, 7i-oz.tumblers 4.20
12 14-oz. tumblers 3.75
12, 11-oz. glass mugs 3.35
CREAMED, 12, 11-oz. glass mugs 3.55
60-lb. cans, per lb.
White Sweetclover .19-
Light Auber ,172
BEES hX: 1.rrivals none.
Dealers paying Cash .45
Trade .47

Washington 25, D. Co

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E'*i YPYF: Arrivals by boat, 10 bbls. & 190 drs.. gLOUTS: Offeringslight. Market dull.
-ueba; 25 ctns. Israel; 25 ctns. British West o0-1. tins C0OLOM rnd NORTHERN
Indies; 173 drs. C(uatemala; 14 cs. Germany; White Clover
100 irs. exico; 60 cs. Greece. Supplies Light Amber
practically negligible, market strong. Mnst Cases mostly White Clover
lines withdraw. 6, 5-.b. jErs
II-iFOTED ex dock New York City, duty paid few
CBA, dr rus .1 .14_ 6 5-1b. tins
NEXICO rirur.s .14- .154 12 2-lb. jars 6.10
jhXUA.LA, drums .14w- .15 24, 1-lb. 5.65
DL'r.cstic, -Id crop mostly 6.25
Clo er nor-inalv .1i- Honey S.,refed, 24, 2-=ea.
FLORIDA Craxie, druns .17 24, -oz, 3.40
IMF'CRTl, 12, P-oz. jars 1.85 mostly 3.8M
12, 1-lb. jars 2.95 CF-IRE.ED 12, 12-oz. packages
Domestic, Clover, 24, 8-oz. jars :3. 5 12, 1-lb. packages
12, 2-lb. jars 6.45
BEESWAX: Arrivals by boat, 484 bags Brazil; SETTLE: Supplies light. Detrnd exceeds
T150 ags Cuba; 142 bags Pominican Republic; supply, naket steady to fir.
1 bas Greece; 58 bas Haiti; 22 bags Spain; eetclover, A1lfel, Light Amber
200 tlocs Arab 31 -baps Gurtenla; 57 bags 12 5-lb. tins 11.00
l'exico; 29 bags Peru, Offerings light. 12 2-lb. jars 5.80
Wide rFnge prices. Sales and nominal 24 1-lb. aers 6.30
quctations f.o.b. dock 24, 12-oz. jars
AFRICA .63- .65 12, 24-oz. jsrs
CEUThrFL AMERICA & WEST INDIES .63- .68 24 8-oz. jars
WEST INDTES Dark .63- .65 CREJED, 24, 1-lb. cups
SOUTH lEMBICA .68- .70 24, 14-oz.
24, 12-oz.
PHILADELIPHIA: Arrivals 27,000 lbs. domestic. 24, l9-oz.
- rket dullT but steady. 24, 6p-oz.


- 6.40

GUATEMNIA, Light Clover
60-lb. tins
Domestic Blended Sweet-
6, 5-lb. jars
24, l-lb. jars
24, 8-oz. JERs
12, -1-lb. jars
36, 4-oz. jars
CREA-EZD 12, 12-oz. ja
PITTSBURGH: Arrivals by tru
domestic. Demand slow, mar
White Clover and Light A
24, 1-lb. jars
24, 8-oz. jars
24, 1-lb. server mug
CRELJJED 24, 1-lb. j&a

.17- .171 S1JI FTiANCISCO: Arrivals 555 cons Central
and White Clover 2 --liforni& 1955 crop. Demrnd fair, market
"6.90 unsettled.
6.70 Domestic Light Ariber (or better) Orange
3.95 Clover, Srge, and some Blended boney, mostly
3.38 Californic origin, per case -
3.60 24, 8-oz. jars 3.46-3.64
irs 2.83 24, 12-oz. .3rrs 5.4&5.75
12, l11b. .Ers 3.00-3.20
Lck 3,570 lbs. 12, I-lb. js 3.20-3.55
ket steady. 12, 2-b. jars 4.15-5.64
inber 12, 5-1b. ars 8.35-9.15
6.70 6, 5-1b. tins 4.80
3.95 CELMIED 12, 12-oz. cups 1.85-2.60



FuhTIJAD: Arrivals apiroxicately 20,000 Ibs.
S pliTes light. Der.c-hd f;'ir market steady.
Li ht AIjber, Sweet. c ver-Alfalfa
12, 5-lb. tins 10.80-11.70
12, 24-oz. jars 4.80- 5.20
12, 2-lb. jers 5.60- 5.80
24, 12-oz. jers 5.30- 5.50
24, 16-oz. j3rs 6.10
24 8-oz. jrs .9 4.00
Bulk 5 gPl. cans Light Imber .16;- .17
Derk .14 .15
CREAfiD, 24, 10-oz. jars 4.80
24, 1-lb. jprs 6.50
BEIESWIA: Supr.liis increasing. Demrnd
roJert market about ste;.dy. Dealers'
paying (cash or trade) .45

.Jla)ir,.:.,.,i. 25, D. C.


Agricultural Marketing Service
Wachington 25, D. C.

Penalty for Private Uce to Armid
Payment nf Postage $300

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