By Associated Press - Friday, March 21, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Honey production in 2013 was unchanged in North Dakota and down slightly in South Dakota.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 2013 production from South Dakota producers with five or more colonies totaled 14.8 million pounds, down 9 percent from 2012. There were 265,000 honey producing colonies in South Dakota during 2013, up 2 percent from 2012.

In North Dakota, honey production totaled 33.1 million pounds in 2013. There were 480,000 honey producing colonies in North Dakota during the year, also unchanged from 2012.

Prices for the 2013 crop averaged $2.06 per pound in South Dakota and two cents less in North Dakota.

North Dakota ranked first in the nation in honey production for the tenth straight year. South Dakota was third, behind North Dakota and Montana.

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