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UE -.O1THLY. JEYRE?QRT VOL. ). C XIX _- l


Over the entire country bees are beginning their
spring buildup and gathering of honev. Condi-
tions -re extremely variable. In the' Pqcific
Northwest the season is running .much later than
normal, ith belowr average teraperatur's. Bees
* ~have built up slowly anrd many colonies are in
poor condition. In Califcrnia b;tees are in very
good condition in some sections, but cnly fair
in others. In A.riznrja drouth is plaguing bee-
keepers. Honey flows to date have been
extre jely light and prospects are poor for
later flows. The southern Intermourtain region
is dry with below average moisture and many
weak colonies. In the northern and western
Intermountain region moisture and plant condi-
tions are much more favorable than in the
southern part, but the season is late and many
colonies nave built up slowly and need heavy
feeding. South Texas is still very dry with
below average flows to date and -mry poor
prospects for later flows. Ncrth Texas and
Oklahoma have shown some improvement in moistur.
conditions and prospects are fair for a fairly
good flow. Kansas and Webraska are dry and
need much additional rain if a flow is to be
forthcoming. Conditions in the eastern Great
Plains, Locrth Central and Northeastern States
are generally much more f:..vorablc than usual
for this season. i.s contr-ast-d to the States
farther west and south, tlic season in these
States is running earlier than average. Bees
have built up well on dandelion and fruit bloAi] .
moisturee is generally anple .and pl-nts mre in
ood condition. Colonies should be strong for
he main clover flows which will.start in late
A4.y and early June. Many colonies, however,
are so strong in bees that feeding will be
necessary to sustain them until these main
flcvs. Less favorable conditions prevail over
the south Atlantic and southeastern States,
becoming increasingly less favorable in the
nore southern States. Florida flows hove been
much below normal, especially the tupelo rnd
Lallberry flows in north Florida. Georgia is
offering from the worst drouth in years. Here
Heavy feeding is necessary. Proppects are


Washington 2', D. C.
Monday, May 16, 1955


very yorr for any summer or fill flowerauless
heavy -1nd regular rains should come. Louis i-.-:.
is enjoying fairly good flow, but trsin is
badly needed to maintain good production ftrco-
clover, which is the --in source now.
The May 1 'Wnter Supply Forecasts for Western
States issued by the weatherr Bureau states in
T'art, "The -water supply outlook for the s ri?.p
"nd sunneri season hbs improved fro- a. ri.o th -e
in a few arepis of the ''estcrn 'lount-in States,
most noticeably in the Columbia and North
Pacific Coarstal :iasis. In generr.l, however the
respects continue far bel w to much below the
-year average (1943-1952 flow." The report
shoe's the wri.ter-year runoff forecasts for majcr
rivers, in percent of 10-year average qs
follows:Colurjbia, The Dalles station Snnke
River, Cln-rksnr., W-shi j-tcn station 71%;
Srcrnn nto diver, Red Jiuff station 79'; San
Joaquin Hivcr, Kerckhcff, California station
69',.; Colornado River, Grand Canon, Arizona
station 6c%; San Juan River, Bluff, Utah
station SA/o; Rio Grande River San anbrcial,N'v'
Mlexico station 31%; Arkansas Aiwver, Pu',blo,
Colorado station 651; Missouri River, Fort Peck
Dan, knt.-na station 77'o Yellowstone River,
Sidney, Montana station 62t; North Platte River,
Casper, 'vynoing station 65%. These forecasts
are based on the assumption that precipitation
subsequent to May 1 is near normal.
Supplies of old crop honey are very light. Only
occasional s-les wore rcrEort-d .Demand for
co-eicrci-l lots was very good. The: Florida
citrus and tupelo honey crops have been lnrgily
sold. Thu mnrrket wars firm at the and of this
period as compr-red with two weeks earlier,
Large lot sales by beekeepers ranged about as
follows: California Orange 12-;-13 Eucalyus
8-120 depending on color, Sage-Buckwhat 2/
- and Dark Mixed Flowers 9%-10- ; Clorer honey
from the Interniountoin States and eastward 12-
15, mostly 13-1i:- Florida Orngy 130, Tupalo
16 and ririous Mixed Flovwers 11.
Denand for beeswax continues good under a steady
narkAt. The general price on commercial lots
was 514 per lb. in cash nnd 534 in trade fob
shipping point, n occasion. lot sold slightly
higher. Soec s-ll lots or off color sold as
low as 47-494.


INFO.-L TION 7FO0'I P0WLfTINC AREAS


C LIOQRNI. FOIPhC S: (First half Mr.y)
Southern California In the Los Angelus area
temperatures rangeR 59-750 naJ.xinuns and 47-
570 riininur. Rainfall totaled 2.39 inches,
Colonies arre mostly in good condition.
Supplies of honey, however, are light in an.jay
instances. All migratory bees are located in
or-nges and few were noved during this
period. Swarming is reported norr'al to less


than nor-nal. Rains i"iroved the condition of
wild plants but along with cool and cloudy
weather had not been favor-ble for the pro-
duction of orange 'hon-y. Some surplus, how'emr,
was being stored on the days bees were able to
fly. The sage flow thus ft'r his been poor.
Bees also were working on field flowers.
S i ijiaoll'"ll l*;' .g b^ein ir.-.c t-d,
SHUME. URY
(entinued :n l ) I
vur
MAY 2 1968

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UNITEiL S2..'i-S DFj',-T;LNT CF GtIC L'LUHE
Agricultural Ilarketing Service
Fruit and Vegetable Division





sariinC), lay 16, i9b .


oPI0f PHlCESJEPQFTE eUflhAGPERjOfl QCO3E E &Y.IISI. PEE .TL These prices represent sales and quotaions as
reported by correspondent beekeepers and honey handlers. Because of the many thousands of beekeepers and
handlers in the country these should be considered as representative prices and not as full and complete
coverage of all transactions fcr any State or area.

- -- !F.PUEES'I SALES _FIARgS s QF3 ERBAEDI Y T ETTLEES_IN 10o-R.JfAN-, PER --- ,-
STATE COIOP a FLORAL PRICE a BASIS : COLOR & FLORAL 'PRICE & B&SIS
SOUFCE OF ALE :CE OFSALE
CALIF UTAH Clover-Alfalfa 14- - --fob-- --
CALIF UTAH Clover-Alfalfa 14-154 fob'


Whito,Eucalyptus
Ex.Light Amber, Eucalyptus
Light Amber.
Ex.kiitA-Ze Ligbt Amber, Orange
Light Amber-Ex. Light Aiber,
Sage-Buckwheat


11
10-1

1 NJ ~


dol.L.A.
Ifob II
fob


12 "
12r r-


CENT. Light Amber, Eucalyptus
HOR. Ex. Light Amber, Thistle-Alfalfa
Light Amber,Ikbrd.Wild Flowers
COL'. White, Clover
IDAHO '..hit, Clover


--------- EPPOJFWCZERACE QRPPHCUEE i
STATE TYPE OF HONEY. CONT.LERS, COLOR PJID
STATE : FL EOUFCE V
FLO-nL SOURCE 21/
cCj LEL o01MoI -. A0-ioQUDLCLNi M DiOMw
COLO. White Clover
TEXAS Clove'r
IOWA White, Clover
WISC. Clover-Basswood
MIYIN. Clover-Basswood
OHIO Light Amber, Mixed Flowers
ILL. Liit .Amber, Clovers (bakcrs)
N. Y. Light Amber, Clover
Vt. Clover
MD. Tulip-poplar



UBrkCTE jPEf j- .-L.B. QTaIflffrES. L IE .LB..
COLO. White, Clover
TEXAS Clover
OKIA. Mixed Flowers
IOWA White, Clover
KANS. Light Amber, Clover
MICH. White, Clover
WISC. White, Clover
MINC. White, Clover
CloveN-Basswood
ILL. Li t Amber, Clover
N.Y. Light Amber, Clover
VT. Clover
MD, Tulip-Poplar
FLA, White, Tupelo


IOWA White, Clover
WISC. Clover-Basswood
White, Clover
ILL. White Clover
Fall towers


VT. Clover
FLA. Drums: (returned)
White, Tupelo
Light Amber, Orange
Light Amber, Mixed Flowers


13-140 "
13-14 "
14 "


15w "


16o
13f fob a
1l1 "-


del.
del.


QFJ:;QSYJ_?Q 1HQESfl^_I^^L^EPS_ DB ,____
;- --- ~~ I ---E-- -
_G _.i krfanraUyjAlvfllszSdl: .e rnralyA.U.livemdf XLa3t.gafE.


ld
18 3/4l


146
140
160


23-



20-:1.



22or
240


16 2/30
150

1LC

15-16'
20


25 1/30J
18-191i
190,
17.'
250
180
20i


200

250
20-25,t
220

200
250
23-300
30a
30
36


--- -- --------------------- -- ----------- ----or ar -


fElTICZEM IpYI = 214. Z-LB iff1 ILHEES_
COLO. White, Clover
TEXAS Clover
OKLA. Mixed Flowers


Clove r-Bas swood
White, Clover
Clover-Basswood
White, Tupelo


6.50
5.70
6.50
5,40
6.46


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WISC.

FLA.


7.10
6.20-6.40
some 4.80
7.75
5.75


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Washington :.5, D. C, 3- Mond.y, Yay 16, 195".

:E il_ LYJ1NE.RE TO ..OL..... 3 .-J.
_-- --- _PECBJE-EAKER-OE EAGY1L~alES..Oofi 30E JWEP LE&^EBS- E-EAP& -C ES--S -.-- -
STATE TYPE OF HOIEY CONTAINERS COLOR AND 0WLL ~ ~ .
_______ -lCG~vTr.eay_d vsiriGlp6.regly_d 1iva-ad:.:lLfc l. Sjsls1
2%C7D_ HMEY 14+ 1-a,. GTAIfES_
COLO. White, Clover 34
TEXAS Clover 6.75 7.30
OKLA. Mixed Flowers 6.00 6.40-6.60
some 6,00
IOWA W-ite, Clover 6,00 300
MICH. White, Clover 5.00-5.50 -
WISC. Clover-Basswood 6,50 7.75 -
White, Clover 5.70 -
MI1.I. Clover-Basswood 6,15 35,
IIL. Light Amber, Clover 5,70 6,30 -
N.Y. Clover 33
VT. Clover 6.15 7.25 40
FLA. White, Tupelo 696 -


TEXAS Clover 3.85 4.20
OKLA. Mixed Flowers 3.45 3,75
MICH. White, Clover 3.36-3. 60
WISC. Clover-Basswood 3.75 4.50
White, Clover 3,40 -
ILL. Light Amber Clover 3.40 -
FLA. 'White, Tupelo 4,32

CTIOR s __H Y_ _SM cT- -_T-
UTAH Alfalfa, 12-oz. 45g



IT. Clover, 24, 3-oz,. 3,00 4.00 5



SAlfalfa, 5-1b. pails 1.10
TEXAS Clover, 24, 1-lb. 8.05 8,.70
ILL. Clover, 12, 12-oz. 3.20 -
6, 2;-lb. 4,55 -


LO Clover, White, 24, 1-lb. 331
E S Clover 24,10-oz. 5,35 5.90 -
WISC. 24,1 -lb. 5.70 6.70
ILL. Clover, 24, 1-1b. 6,80 -


1/ State of origin indicates State where packed, not necessarily where produced. The term "Clover" includes
most legumes such as White Dutch Clover, Hubam Clover, Yellow and Whito Swootclover aid occasionally such
legumes as alfalfa and Vetch mixed with other Clovers..
Note: F.o.b. as uscd in foregoing means f.o.b. shipping point. Delivered meaas delivered to buyers packing
plant or receiving point.


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''F-hivgton 25, D. C. Monday, May 16, 195':.

SE -XIO.TIJELY HONEY RORT VO. XfJ --NC..198


C.:J.roONID._FJTUJTS:_ (oNTIN T RO'-.1 ?:CE 1L
Centr-1 California Colony strength and
condition vari-s. Bees in nonstal areas and
those in the valley located in oringes are
largely in gjud condition. Many other vl.ley
bees, hover, have been fed or are being.
fed, PoclJ-en supplies are good but nany
colonies are low on honey. Sw.r'-ing was
greater than norr..al in many instances. f. few
apiaries still-ore being noved. to oranges
for stores -rd some are btig taken to sage
cr b'ickwheat. Rains helped the condition of
rild honuy plants. Bees worked on oranges,
e-ucalyptius, sagb, blnck Villow, nanzanita,
various oriar.:'ental and mountain shrubs,
a -stard, filaree and other weeds. The orang-
flow had been relatively light because of
ccol and croudy weather though so-e surplus
wras bei n stored. Eucalyptus honey was being
extracted.
Pq1IFI NUC.TI-IST -(First half May)

QrgQn and ish_sig ton Tenperatures over this
entire area have been below normal all spring
with little ch-nce fcr bees to work during
either March or A rril. While temnperaturs
nodurated during this period they were still
somewhat below normal. In the Yakirna Valley
bees were uiostly in apple orchards, which
were in full bloon. P while they were building
up, no surplus honey had been gathered and
iany colonies weru below normal strength for
this season. In western Washington many
colonies were still being fed during this
period with prospects rather unfavorable. In
he Wil, at. to V-llcy bees had been in fruit
errchards which hive just finished a heavy
bluoG. Many colonies are being moved to
beirris. Winter losses over western Oregon
and W-'shington were fairly heavy, ranging
from 10-35 percent. Moisture conditions are
general favorable. Clover .nln vetch plants
are in goud. condition.
I;NTERiWONT01T I STATES (Period A.pril 24-Iay 10)
cciprd_op The eastern and southern part of
The State had very light precipitation at
the close of the period. The soil, however,
is extru-'-;ly dry and proscts for clover are
very poor at this ti'e. n th-. western and
mountain area there w-s sufficient precipita-
tiun to h.-2lp plant conditions sonaewrt,
"Jthough soil moisture is below average. In
..Zst sections irrigation water will be short
this season. There is soie sweetclnver in
this area, but it is not plentiful. In
western C.jloradD overall conditions are a
little better than a year ago at this time,
In all parts of the State inany bees have been
lost front starvation. Mr.ny colonies that
caise through the winter are in poor condition.
The winter in 2olorado has boen much longer
thln usual.
.lontana Moisture conditions improved greatly
n all sections of the State. Precipitation
to iatcj is near norral. The spring has been
very lnto. Pollen and traces of nectar were
appearing at the end of the period. Most bee-
kn-!pers h-tv installed package bees and
conrpleted splitting of over-wintered cnloTnics.
"'ith favorable weather and spring flows,
colonii.s sli'i'ild li 1ilrl up -r'pa rily.


Idaho The sprir.g is rinii.ir rtpic. 1-t-'r v+hn
nor--l, with cunsld-er;ble c .-1 win y wt... tlhur
and sone rain and snow. Dlndeli 'us hnd nrt
bloo-ed to the end of the pericr, which is
about three weeks later than usual. Peak of
tlhe dandelion flow is not expected until after
the riddle of May. colony losses have been
heavier than usual, There h-ve been some
reports of starvation as n result of Ccdd
weather even though there was honey in the
hives. Heavy feeding has been necessary and
will have be continue until spring nectar
comes on in volume. More package bees are
being ordered than usual. Honey is Suite
closely cleaned up in this section,
ultnh Toward the end of the period bees
started gatherine sufficient pollen and nectir
for current needs. The spring is later than
normal. Some colonies arc in good condition.
Others which were poorly protected during the
late syrig nre in rather poor condition. -tlny
colonies are so weak that they are not expected
to be able to build up to full strength in
time for the rrjor honey flows. Moisture
conditions are generally good over most of
the State.
Newida Weather continues unseasonably uool.
Dandilions were in bloom at the end of the
period, but it was too cold for bees to work
much. Other floral sources were backward in
growth. Many colonies will need feeding if
weather doesn't moderate shortly.
LI-ZRIPL: (Petiod April 24-4ay 10)
Weather continues cool with no rain since last
January. Losses of bees fror, alfalfa dusting
have been rather heavy in some sections.
Little citrus honey was gathered this year,
All factors considered, prospects in Arizona
are very discouraging.
SOUTH'JSESTEN_STA.TESS: (Period April 25-May 11)
Northeast Texas -No rein fell during this
period until -1ay 10, when scattered showers
?roiuced around one-third inch. Surface soil
is becoming rather dry. Honey flows incrbastd
rapidly during this period. At the beginning
of the period heavy feeding was necessary with
many beekeepers feeding to keep bees fror;
starving or to hasten the build u.. I week
later hives were being supered fur a flow.
Weather luring this pcriol. was ideal for a
flow hit. partly cloudy and very humid. The
*vetch flow was sufficiently heavy that strong
colonies inooded additional room. p1hid
infestntion was bad in vetch fields. Some
fields were dusted to the point where the
possible loss to bees and the hcney crop will
be heavy. Some beekeepers are moving colonies
to avoid poisoned fields. In many locations,
however it is difficult to get away from
Nisoned fields without moving considerable
Sist-nces. Old crop honey is practically all
out of beekeepers' h-nds.
Soutbhest Texan In the iay City area weather
continued rry. Many clover fields have censed
blooming. Yields to date have been about 50
percent of normal. 11 row crops are in need
of rain. Prospects are very poor for a
sunnier honey flow.


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Monday, Mny 16, 1955


SEMLI-MONTHLY HO'tEY dEFOrT VOL. XXXIX NO. 10


Suuthw-st Tcxas Weather is s till very dry
with rain needed badly. Bees have been able
to maintain ther-nslves on wild flowers. There
are no signs of horsemint or clover. Mesquite
has stopped blooming. prospects are very poor,
Now Mexico In the Mesilla Valley mesquite
.and lfaTlfa were in bloom,. High win-'s and
sand storms prevented bees from bringing in
much mcre than enough for a build up. Yards
close to mcuntains are in average condition,
Others are very poor.
Oklahopa Fairly good rains fell uver much of
western Oklahora at the end of this period.
Some localities had up to 3-L' inches of
rainfall which will greatly improve clovers
and general nlant conditions. Other sections
had little rain and are still very dry.
-clonies are generally in fair condition. The
season is a little late. Clovers are just
beginning to bloom. In those sections where
a stand of clever exists and recent heavy
r-insfell prospects are fairly good for a
crop. In some sections the drought of the
last couple of years has practically eliminated
any clover stands,

I.I0S STAIES.: (Period April 25-May 11)
Iowa o4st of thd State had good rains during
ThTs period which put soil -in plrmnts in gcud.
condition. Weather was wnrr.i during much of
the period. In sone sections bee>-s were able
to gain moderate daily surplus front spring
flowers and clovers. In other sections winds '
kept bees from working much of the time,
Colonies are generally in goocd condition al-
though sorm yards reported fairly heavy winter
losses. Present prospects for the State as a
whole are generally good for a flow. The
season is running a little ahead of normal,
bA.th as to plants -and colony buildup. Honey
is practically out of beekeepers hands.
Nebraska_- Much of the State is abnor-ally
dry. This is particularly true of western
NcEbraska. Wheat has not mde proper grAvrth*
Clover and alfalfa are stunted. Dandelions
wure in bloom during this pericd. However1
winds kept bees from working much of the time
with the result that many colonies gathered
little surplus to carry there, to the main
fluws. Yellow sweetclu-oer was just bcginnin6
to blocm in western Nebraska a little earlier
than usual. Tiless good rains come soon,
however, prospects are poor for a norrral flow
fro.i cluvers.
Kansas Most of this period was windy and dry.
Fairly good rains fll over nuch of the State
at the end of the pcrijidk greatly improving
surface soil roistur-. there is, howcver-
little subsoil moisture so nuch uidditiorni raiii
will be needed to maintain pl-nt growth. Inl
some sections bees obtaiiv_-d a little buildup
flow fron dandelions and black locust. In
,thcr sections bees failed to work locust
probably due to the extrU.-ely dry suil. Auth
yellow and white sweetclovor were in bloom,
Yellow wis yielding little and white swert-
cljvr is of little ii.ij[+epr n:r in rinny pirTfs
of th.; State. Pri-.s so.%s ft.r a JI..>LntI f.'Jw do
1-rAt IJ'ijW n.[)p''anr gooud


iLST CENrLL_ MD INCRTH CESn'LSTATE.S:(P--riod
S-prfI 25-2ay 12a

MicghZ-n: Over most of the lower TpeinsulaI
bees are in very good condition. This has
been one of the most favorable springs for
bees in several years. Colonies which went
into the winter in good ccnliticn built up
rapidly and s strongly, providing nony colonies
which could be divided to make up losses or
provide for expansion in colony numbers.
Considerable honey was gathered fron dande-
lion and iciducus fruits which bloomed heavily.
Temperatures during much of the period were
above normal. Frosts occurred over most of
the State, except the scutheastern porti >n,
on the morning of May 9. Some damage was
caused to snall fruits, and in some sections
cherries. It is not anticipated that overall
dora:ge to honey plants was heavy. Iresent
prospects for a honey crop are good. On the
Upper Peninsula bees are building up rapidly.
Dandelions and wild fruit trees were in bloor
at the end of the period.
Wisconsin Bees are in goSi condition in all
parts of the State. Some beekeepers report
the best early spring honey flow in years.
Shpl., box elder and dandelion all produced
well. Clover plants look very favorable with
ideal moisture conditions, Wecther was un-
seasonribly warn during much of the period.
The season is running ahead of normal.
Fnckcgo- bees which have been established have
built up very well. Difficulty in obtaining
packages and also queens to be used for colony
division may result in an overall reduction
in nurrber of colonies as compared to last
season,
Minn.s_.ot The season over most of Minrnesc.ta
is running somewhat ahead of normal. Bees
have built up fairly well despite the fact
that high winds in many sections of the Statu
prevented then from taking full advantage of
dandolion and fruit which bloomed heavily.
Over most of the State moisture conditions
are favorable. In p-rts of western
Minnesota, however, rain is needed to put
clovers in best condition. Where moisture is
ample prospects are fairly good for a large
main flow; in other sections some beekeepers
are a bit pessimistic.
Ohio_ Over practically the entire State btoes
have built up exceptionally well. Many
colonies are at swarming strength. Despite a
heavy flow from dandelion and fruit, many
colonies will need feeding to carry them
through to the main clover flows. Some bee-
keepers report the heaviest early spring flow
in many years. Overall prospects for a crcLp
now appear better than for several years.
Illinois Weather was very favorable until
May 6 when it turned colder for a few days,
preventing bees from working. Most c..'lonies
are very strong. Some yards will probably
need feed to carry them through to the nmin
clover flrws. Over most of the State moisture
coTniditions are f:tvornhle 1and honey plants are
y.r ;tRfssig wnllr


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Waslimnaton 25, D. 0.


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SEaI-.MONTHLY HCNEY REPORT VOL, XXXIX NO. IG .


Monday, 1MKy 16, 1955


upiWz.STlN _STATES_: (Period AFril 27-May 12)
e-w XYcrk Counditions were generally good cver
most of New York. Some sections reported
fairly heavy winter losses ranging from 15-
30 percent mostly as a result of insufficient
fall feeding of weak colonies. Colonies which
c-.ne throuAg the winter built up rapidly and
in rany sections nade abnorar.ly heavy early
spring gains. Dandelion and apples bloomed
unusually heavy. In sore sections heavy bee
losses were sustained fro-i spraying in orchard
areas. Moisture conditions are generally
favorable and clovers look good,
Vcurnncj This period was unseasonably dry and
Ect. apples rand dandelions bloomed ten days
before nirnal. Bees were obtaining cnnsider-
able h-ney from those sources where colonies
wore strong enough. Colonies which did not
run short of feed earlier are in good condi-
tion. More rain is needed.
iew. Jersey Colonies that ca-e through the
winter nd were fed earlier have built up well
on fruit bloom and other spring flowers.
-lovcrs now look promising. Sore beekeepers
have complained of spring dwindling, which
will mean that some colonies nny nut be in top
condition for the main flow from tulip poplar
which will bloon around June 1 and the later
clover flows. Winter losses for the State
have been estirnted at arounr 30 percent.
PeInnsylvania In the vicinity of State
college There was a heavy winter loss of
arouid30 perceLnt. Bees are now in fair condi-
tion with an average spring flow to date.
ould weather cut the spring flow slightly.
SCLTUH ATLANTIC ;ND SOUTH CENTRAL STATES: (Period
lp-ril27J tfajr-ay -3- -
Mary.lad Bees have built up fairly well and
rhve obtained a little honey from wild cherry,
locust and tulip poplar. Much of the period
was tu, cool for bees to take full advantage
of the flows. Locust bloon was scanty,
frllcwing the very heavy bloom of last year.
While tuip poplar was blooming fairly well
at the end of the period it had not yet
reached its peak. The tulip poplar flow was
rather light due to lower than n.rnJ.al humidity
which dried up the nectar before bees could
obtain it. This period was dry with some
plants beginning to show damage. However, a
gue-rl rain (in May 13 and 14 greatly improved
surface soil moisture conditi ns. Additional
rainfall at regular intervals will be needed
to maintain good plant growth since subsoill
is still far below normal, moisture
Ke.tukky Much of this period was cool and
r>diny. At the end of the period blackberries
wcro starting to bloom, white Dutch clover
ard locust were in bloom. Yellwv sweetclover
had started in a very limited way. Well
wintered cr lonies should be able to store s-.me
surplus. Little surplus can be expected fror..
those colonies that are still weak. No swnrr:-
ing has been observed to date and no queen


cells were in evidence. In wrs-lI rs '. Lt-r-.y.'
nuch sweetclovfer was k-ifl ed by a f-r .-ze .en
March 26-27?
Tennessee -In west-central Tennessee bees did
faTrly well during this period en white
Dutch and crins-on clovers, blackberries and
roplar. Some honey is going into supers,
while plants are in fairly good condition
additional rainfall is needed.
Georiar A six weeks dearth ft nectar in
south eorgia has greatly weakened colonies
and resulted in the necessity for heavy
feeding. Gallberry was yialdirg only
sparingly. Little or no gallberry or tuMelo
honey is expected to be available fron this
section. Sore beekeepers have moved bees to
central Genrgia for clover, but due to drouth
little honey is expected from there. North
Georgia is also suffering from dry weather,
Light scattered sh.iwers at the end of the
period have helped moisture conditions slight-
y but general heavy rains are needed over
the entire State to produce either a spring
or fall flow. So far this season moisture
conditions are much worse than last year when
the drouth was considered the worst in many
years. Production of package bees and queens
was greatly reduced. Package and queen pro-
ducers were unable to fully meet demand,
Florir-da Little honey is being produced in
any part of the State. Dry weather is
cutting all flows. In the Apalachicola River
Valley white tupelo honey has been extracted.,
Average flow was around 60 pounds per colony,
Demand was very good for this honey and
practically all will be sold very shortly.
Body and color of this honey were very good,
wit a very low moisture content. Galerry
flow is exrenely light. Total production of
honey in north Floria will be far belcw
normal, with many sections having little or
no surplus. Orange honey is mos ly out of
beekeepers' hands,

^iUssissippi Along the Gulf Coast gallberry
is yTelding very lightly. Rain is badly
needed. From al sources in this area,
prospects of a crop appear very poor,
Louisiana Weather was favorable for bees
TurFlng tEis period clear, hot and dry.
Scale hives in favorable locations made gains
of 15 to 30 pounds. There has been no rain
for several weeks so rain is badly needed to
sustain a flow. Clover is not as plentiful
in pastures as a year ago due to last year's
drouth. Bees are working mostly white Dutch
clover some white sweetclcver and vervain.
Extracting should get under way shortly.
Package bee and queen producers were not able
to entirely meet a good late demand,
Production of rackges and queens in Louisiana
was more favorable than in most other
southeastern package bee producing States,


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TELEG.APHIC ERPCRFS FHir, ILiLOKRTir-IT IjARKET
(Arrivals include receipts during preceding Two weeks. Unless cTherwise shown prices re -
resent sales or current quotations by brokers, local bottlers, or other receivers to whblih-
sEles and large retailers for small containers, and to bikers, confectioners, or other
large users ior 60-lb. containers or larger containers, naxrkLt condition comments re-res=nt
the opinion of the trade and are for the first half of lay. All quotations are extracted
unless otherwise shown. 60-1b, cans are on a pound basis and smaller units of extracted and
pouther ypes of horey rre on per case basis unless otherwise shown. Beeswax prices are -;r
pound,)


BUST.N: Arrivals 36,000 lbs. domestic.
Tgimand fair, market steady,
White Clover, 6, 5-lb,_ jars 6,40
12, 2-lb, jars 6.25
24, 1-lb. Jars 6.00-6,70
12, 1-lb. jars 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. Lars .60
CHEAbED, l, 12-oz. cups 2.83
CHI.AGO: Arrivals 16E,200 lbs. domestic.
Demand good, mark-t f irm.
60-15. tins, lDWESTEJRN, ner lb.
White Clover, 1 lot .18- .18-
Light Amber .18- .191
some .172
White Clover,
Cartons 12, 5-lb, tins 13.70
12, 1-lb. jars 3.25
24, 1-lb.(self-service jers) 6.45
24, 12-oz 5.25
24, &-oz.(slf-service jars) 3,95
36, 4-oz. 3.60
CREMIED, 12, 12-oz. 2,75
DFNVER: Sunply of old stock very nearly
erhiusted. Demand moderate, market about
steady.
Sweet Clover, COLORL.DO
12, ?e-oz. jers 5.35-5,55
12, 20-oz. jars 4.75-5.00
12, 8-oz. jrs 2,40-2.60
24, F-oz. Jars 4.35-4.60
24, 16-oz. jars 6,65-7.00
12 32-oz. 0 ars 6 45-6.75
12, 5-lb. tins 12.60-12.85
E-lb. glass 6.90-7.10
ED 24, 12-oz. cups 7,10-7.25
12, 12-oz. elass 3.00-3.!5


KJA-SAS CITY: No receipts available.
Supplies scarce.
IDWSTERN 12 P-oz. gless
12, 1-lb. glass
12, 2-lb. glass


1.85
3.20
5.85


PORTLaND: Arrivals 4 000 lbs. probably in-
com lete. Supplies light. Demand moderate,
market steady,
Light Amber, Sweetclover-Alfalfa
12, 5-lb. tins 10,80-11,70
12, 24-oz. jE.rs 4.80- 5.20
12, 2-lb. jars 5.60- 5.80
24, 12-oz. jars 5.30- 5.50
24, 16-oz. jars 6,10
24, 8-oz. jars 3.95- 4.00
Bulk 5 gal, cans Light Lmber .16-- .17
Dark .14- .15
CRFLO-ED 24, 10-oz. jars 4.80
24, I-lb, jers 6,50
COMB, no supp lies
BEESAX;: Supplies increasing. Demand
moaerpts, market about steady. De; lers'
saying (cash or trPde) ,45


INNELAPOLIS: Arrivals by truck 60-11b cans:
I- rnT-r Wite Sweetclover 140; Light Amber
50. Demand for small containers eood,large
containers fair, market firm.
Price to jobbers -.
U. S. Fancy Blended Honey
24, 8-oz. jars 3.60
12, 1-lb, ars 3.10
12i 2-lb. jars 5,85
6, 3-lb. jars 4.10
6 5-lb. jars 5.80
24 z 7- oZ tumblers 4.20
12, 1-oz, tumblers 3.75
12- 11-oz. glass mugs 3.35
CRkEAED 12, 11-oz glass us 3.55
60-lb. cans, per lb.
White Sweetclover
Light Amber .17-
BE'ESUAX: Arrivals by truck 150 lbs.
Dealers paying cash .45
trade .47
NEW YORK: Arrivals by boat, 200 drs.Cuba;
45 drs. Canal 2one; 532 drs. Nexico; 60
drs, Guatemala. Supply limited. Demand
moderate, market firm. Prices include
nominal quotations and some previous sales.
Some dealers offering nothing to outside
trade.
IMPORTED, ex dock New York City duty pajd
CUBA, drums 13
PEXICO, drums ,141
FUERTO RICO tins .142
GUATE '4l-.LA, Arums .14 .15
1IJDWFSTERN and IINTERMDUNTAIN, 60s
Bpkers blend khixed Flowers .15 16'
Clover .16 -.17,
FLORILA Orange, drums .16-
IMPORTED, 12, 8-oz. jars 1,85
12 1-lb. 'ars 2.9E
Domestic, Light Amber, Mixed Flowers
24, 8-oz. Jars 3,35
24, 1-lb. Qars 5,80
12, 1-lb. -ars 2,90
12, 2-lb. -ars 5.60
24 1-lb tins 6,20
Domestic, Orange-Clover
24, 8-oz. 4ars 3.85-3.95
12, l-lb. jars 3.45
12, 2-lb. ars 6.45-6.60
24 1-lb, ins 6.90
BEESWJAX Arrivals by boat- 129 baws Cuba;
123 pks & 71 bags Portuguese West africa,
68 bags Dominican RepubIic; 21 bags Haiti;
30 bags Guatemala; 252 bags Mexice; 933 bags
Brazil. Offering s light. Wide range
prices. Sales and nominal quotations f.orb.
ock unchanged -
AFRICA t60- ,64
CENTRAL AL2ERICA & WEST INDIES ,64- .68
WEST INDIES,Darker .60- .64
SOUTH ERICA .65- .'0


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PHIL.LELPhl.h: nrrivi.ls 43,100 lbs. domestic.
2ErYTet uTll but steady.
GU.ThIErkJl., Light Ctovr
60-lb. tins 17 .17
Domestic Blundid Sw;.ut- and 'IhitL Clover
24, 1-lb. jars 6.70
24, 8-oi. jars 3.95
12, 1-lb. Jars 3.38
36, 4-oz. jars -3.60
CK,.riED 1-, 1U-oz. jars 2.83


LI'IrSBUGHX: -.rrivals by truck u,-180 lbs.
domestic. Dcmand slow, market steady.
White Clover End Light Inmbur
24, 1-lb. jars 6
24, 8-oz. jars 3
24 1-lb. server mugs 4
CRifSED, 24, 1-lb. jars 6
-I, LOUIS: Cffcrines light. Market steady.
r60-Clb. tins COLOkftO -nd NOhTrhIw' .
WhitL Clover
Light number
Cases mostly White Clovr r
6, 5-lb. jars 6
few 6
6, 5-lb. tins 6
1', 2-lb. jars 6.10-6
24, 1-lb. 5.65-6
mostly 6.25-6
Bopey Spread, 24', 1 '-oz. 5
24, B-oz. 3,40-3
mostly 3.80-3
CRFjdiED 12, 12-oz.pt cktgs 2
12, 1-lb, packages 3


.70
.95
.90
.70


.17
.16
.25
.40
.15
.25
.70
.70
.60
.95
.95
.83
.38


LOS ,NGELES: fjarket steady.
iPrrices to retailers -
White (or better) Cr:nr, 'agt, Clovr
6, 5-lb. tin or gless 6.00-6.60
12, 32-oz. jcrs 6.35-6.80
12, 24-oz. Lurs 5.20
12, 16-o:. pars 3.35-3.55
12, 12-oz. jars 2.61-2.85
24, 8-oz. jars 3.80-4.04
Light mber, Blcnd&_d Flavors
12, 2-lb. tins 5.20
24, 1-lb. .iErs 5.40
Light -.mbar, Fixt-d Flowers
-6, -lb. tins 5.00-5.25
Extru Light ailbebr, ..1falfa
12, 5-lb. tins 10.20
extra Light i-mber, Blendbd Flavors
1., 32-oz. jars 5.60
12, 16-oz. jErs 2.95
24, 8-oz. jtrs 3,45
'4hite (or better)assorted Oringc .Sage;,
Clover
24, 8-oz. jars 4.12-4.14
Wlite (or better) Buckwheat, OrEneu,
'Clover, S&ge
12, 8-oz. jars 2.04
Whitu, Orfnge-Clovtr
12 1-lb; gl ss servers 4.50-4.75
CTLJi'AD White or better) urr n-g Clover
12, 12-oz. cups 35-2.93
24, 12- z. curs 5.85
CHUNK, COMB pack, Whit., Sage, Clovez
12, 16-oz. jars '5.15
12, 8-oz. jQrs ,2.90
COl'B, White, lover
12, 12-oz. sections 4.80
Honey & Butter Plain and Cinnrmnon
12, 6--oz. cups 3.15
Jellied Honey Clover End Orange
12, 10-oz. jars 2.8b
BElSWAX: Arriv ls by truck 7,500 lbs.
domestic, Supplies very light. Demand
very good, market slightly stronger.
Purchases by locel receivers delivered Los
.ngeles -
Cash .51
Trade .53


SQJN FRt CIiCO: _.rrivals none.
Domestic Tight ..mbinr (or better) OrLng.,
Clover, Sage, Thistlue, aLnd some blended
Flowers -
2-, 8-oz. jars .05-
24, 12-oz. jars 4.70-
24, 12-oz. jars S-r.t "'.ith
cut comb
12, 8-oz. jars
12, 12-oz. jprs
12, 12-oz. jars Sig,, '*it'.
cut comb
12, 1,lb. je-rs Z,,0-
12, 1-lb. jars 3.20-
12 2-lb. jars 4.75-
12, 5-lb. cans 8.45-


S.LTTLE:_ .rrivl1s 27,211
Egrket dull.
SwL-tclov.r, Ifclf ,
12, 5-lb. tins
12, 2-lb. jars
24, 1-lb. .ars
24, 12-oz. jars
12, 24-oz.. jars
24 8-oz ac-rs
CtED, 2 1-lb.
24, 14-oz.
24, 12-oz,
24, 19-oz.
2 24, 6,-oz.


3.50
5.40
7.50
1.34
1.88
3.00
:3.,04
3.53
5.64
9.24


lbs. incomplete.
Light i-mber
11.00-11.80
5.80- 6.40
6.30- 6.80
5.50
5.20
4.00
cups 6.50
5.65
5.50
4,80
3.15


DETHjOI. jrrivE Is 19,120 Ibs. donustic.
femL.nd slow, 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-o2. 3.15-3.25
Bulk, 60-lb. tins,
White, Clover, ptr lb. .17- .18

CINCINNAI:I Arrivals 11 139 lbs. domestic.
Demand moderate, market steady.
12, 5-1b. ars few -12.50
24 l-16. Jars 6.7B
12, 1-lb. Jare 95-3.38
24, 8-oz. Jars 3.95


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