Honey production declining

BRUCE, S.D. (WNAX) – New data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture says U.S. honey bee colonies are either stable or slowly growing. South Dakota honey producer and beekeeper Bret (ay-dee) Adee says those figures don’t tell the true story of what’s really happening as honey producers are struggling to keep their bees alive.

He says honey production is actually dropping.

Adee says the best way to improve bee health is to make sure marginal land is put back into pasture and that proper soil health is maintained.

In their recent report, the USDA suggests that beekeepers are able to replace lost colonies within the course of a calendar year. Adee Honey Farms is based in Bruce.