Iowa Honey Bee Colonies Increased From A Year Ago

August 2, 2018

Honey bee colonies for operations with 5 or more colonies in Iowa as of April 1, 2018, totaled 45,000 colonies. TChart comparing number of honey bee colonies in Iowa by quarterhis is 275 percent above the 12,000 colonies on April 1 last year, and 10 percent above the 41,000 colonies last quarter.

Varroa mites were the number one stressor for operations with 5 or more colonies during each of the 6 quarters surveyed. The April-June 2018 quarter showed varroa mites affected 12.7 percent of Iowa’s honey bee colonies, which is the second lowest level in the past 6 quarters. Other Pests and Parasites, Pesticides, and Other Causes categories saw substantial increases this quarter.

Source: United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service.  Upper Midwest Regional Field Office · 210 Walnut Street Ste 833 · Des Moines IA 50309.  August 1, 2018.