Preliminary: 2016-2017 State Total and Average Losses

The Bee Informed Partnership has released preliminary state losses for 2016-2017. If there are fewer than 5 respondents in a state, we will not release those numbers to preserve confidentiality. These tables represent Annual loss, Winter Loss and Summer Loss. We also report Total Loss and Average Loss.

For further details regarding the difference between Total and Average loss, please read on. The Bee Informed Partnership traditionally reports total loss, or a weighted loss rate. Total loss treats each colony the same or more simply stated,One colony one vote. This means that the total loss rate is more representative of commercial beekeeper loss as they manage a large majority of the colonies in the survey. The average loss rate, which we no longer report in our preliminary summary, is an unweighted rate where we calculate the loss rate for each responding beekeeper and average these rates. So average loss, more simply stated is, “One beekeeper, one vote.” As there are many more backyard beekeepers than commercial beekeepers, average loss rates are more influenced by these smaller beekeepers.

The Figure provide a heat map of Annual Total losses by state and in the tables below, N represents the number of beekeepers from that state answering those survey questions.

Figure 1: 2016-2017 Total Annual Loss by State

Table 1: 2016-2017 Annual Loss by State or Territory:

Season State N Total Loss Average Loss
ANNUAL Alabama 38 34.90 42.70
ANNUAL Alaska 0 NA NA
ANNUAL Arizona 10 64.96 34.05
ANNUAL Arkansas 32 39.74 34.38
ANNUAL California 160 30.52 35.69
ANNUAL Colorado 90 48.28 51.78
ANNUAL Connecticut 34 61.83 53.89
ANNUAL District of Columbia 20 38.68 54.86
ANNUAL Delaware 38 74.03 59.97
ANNUAL Florida 60 28.89 42.20
ANNUAL Georgia 79 30.32 47.85
ANNUAL Hawaii 10 26.19 26.39
ANNUAL Idaho 30 27.27 54.35
ANNUAL Illinois 94 59.05 60.53
ANNUAL Indiana 99 41.39 40.87
ANNUAL Iowa 71 68.62 47.57
ANNUAL Kansas 16 47.69 36.67
ANNUAL Kentucky 50 40.52 38.18
ANNUAL Louisiana 17 36.21 37.16
ANNUAL Maine 65 23.26 57.22
ANNUAL Maryland 127 54.96 48.61
ANNUAL Massachusetts 86 15.88 52.10
ANNUAL Michigan 136 31.74 61.45
ANNUAL Minnesota 79 49.39 56.57
ANNUAL Mississippi 9 26.28 43.33
ANNUAL Missouri 88 33.64 36.12
ANNUAL Montana 21 17.08 44.24
ANNUAL Nebraska 15 72.11 67.14
ANNUAL Nevada 13 22.97 63.11
ANNUAL New Hampshire 48 60.53 67.12
ANNUAL New Jersey 74 41.44 44.51
ANNUAL New Mexico 19 35.38 60.97
ANNUAL New York 142 43.78 53.61
ANNUAL North Carolina 205 29.88 41.82
ANNUAL North Dakota 17 37.79 48.91
ANNUAL Ohio 233 39.05 48.47
ANNUAL Oklahoma 28 83.90 26.20
ANNUAL Oregon 136 32.32 50.98
ANNUAL Pennsylvania 580 51.54 61.95
ANNUAL Puerto Rico 0 NA NA
ANNUAL Rhode Island 14 45.21 55.97
ANNUAL South Carolina 53 53.78 38.93
ANNUAL South Dakota 12 32.16 39.74
ANNUAL Tennessee 57 49.04 39.11
ANNUAL Texas 136 34.86 26.43
ANNUAL Utah 167 53.24 66.51
ANNUAL Vermont 42 48.41 59.89
ANNUAL Virginia 370 44.05 42.51
ANNUAL Washington 88 40.59 52.72
ANNUAL West Virginia 51 26.56 31.91
ANNUAL Wisconsin 99 29.42 61.43
ANNUAL Wyoming 17 24.83 46.99
ANNUAL MultiStateOperation 121 31.81 44.89

Table 2: 2016-2017 Winter Loss by State or Territory:

Season State N Total Loss Average Loss
WINTER Alabama 43 25.19 32.88
WINTER Alaska 2 100.00 100.00
WINTER Arizona 10 61.86 24.09
WINTER Arkansas 39 17.43 19.60
WINTER California 180 17.98 29.64
WINTER Colorado 131 36.18 47.97
WINTER Connecticut 44 54.86 49.83
WINTER District of Columbia 25 38.89 55.12
WINTER Delaware 46 68.99 51.20
WINTER Florida 65 18.99 28.42
WINTER Georgia 85 12.85 35.05
WINTER Hawaii 10 26.19 26.39
WINTER Idaho 40 12.79 54.78
WINTER Illinois 121 53.96 56.64
WINTER Indiana 119 22.98 33.56
WINTER Iowa 85 46.58 39.42
WINTER Kansas 24 39.85 35.72
WINTER Kentucky 53 17.60 30.06
WINTER Louisiana 23 32.43 28.99
WINTER Maine 85 16.30 53.38
WINTER Maryland 162 41.62 41.88
WINTER Massachusetts 112 15.72 50.23
WINTER Michigan 174 18.58 59.49
WINTER Minnesota 107 22.49 53.38
WINTER Mississippi 9 6.62 15.28
WINTER Missouri 113 24.14 28.91
WINTER Montana 28 10.55 38.51
WINTER Nebraska 22 56.72 62.33
WINTER Nevada 15 7.27 45.90
WINTER New Hampshire 58 54.24 59.29
WINTER New Jersey 83 17.56 38.19
WINTER New Mexico 25 37.82 58.18
WINTER New York 168 25.01 46.85
WINTER North Carolina 230 15.33 30.91
WINTER North Dakota 21 22.09 44.54
WINTER Ohio 284 31.51 42.00
WINTER Oklahoma 33 43.61 12.14
WINTER Oregon 169 20.46 44.40
WINTER Pennsylvania 753 39.94 58.02
WINTER Puerto Rico 0 NA NA
WINTER Rhode Island 18 36.62 47.95
WINTER South Carolina 57 32.84 29.83
WINTER South Dakota 13 24.54 35.81
WINTER Tennessee 66 25.29 28.68
WINTER Texas 146 16.46 17.16
WINTER Utah 232 45.22 66.60
WINTER Vermont 51 37.67 55.73
WINTER Virginia 443 35.92 35.38
WINTER Washington 112 28.86 47.23
WINTER West Virginia 58 16.41 21.42
WINTER Wisconsin 140 18.77 55.54
WINTER Wyoming 19 23.64 34.94
WINTER MultiStateOperation 134 18.75 34.76

Table 3: 2016-2017 Summer Loss by State or Territory:

Season State N Total Loss Average Loss
SUMMER Alabama 44 16.07 23.91
SUMMER Alaska 0 NA NA
SUMMER Arizona 11 8.67 22.80
SUMMER Arkansas 36 36.24 21.97
SUMMER California 169 17.52 18.90
SUMMER Colorado 96 26.65 15.87
SUMMER Connecticut 38 16.08 21.95
SUMMER District of Columbia 23 14.41 15.51
SUMMER Delaware 39 19.34 17.39
SUMMER Florida 71 13.97 25.97
SUMMER Georgia 84 23.07 21.40
SUMMER Hawaii 10 0.00 0.00
SUMMER Idaho 30 19.94 13.04
SUMMER Illinois 98 18.40 18.33
SUMMER Indiana 102 13.10 12.49
SUMMER Iowa 72 58.36 12.43
SUMMER Kansas 18 15.00 26.03
SUMMER Kentucky 58 38.08 20.83
SUMMER Louisiana 18 6.78 23.58
SUMMER Maine 65 10.25 12.01
SUMMER Maryland 129 23.44 14.76
SUMMER Massachusetts 89 0.45 16.00
SUMMER Michigan 143 18.38 14.31
SUMMER Minnesota 81 41.76 20.27
SUMMER Mississippi 10 24.13 35.22
SUMMER Missouri 99 15.40 24.29
SUMMER Montana 21 11.29 13.28
SUMMER Nebraska 17 72.19 28.08
SUMMER Nevada 13 20.14 24.80
SUMMER New Hampshire 48 10.51 10.71
SUMMER New Jersey 75 29.32 12.43
SUMMER New Mexico 20 3.62 13.75
SUMMER New York 148 28.06 14.17
SUMMER North Carolina 220 18.82 17.10
SUMMER North Dakota 18 23.09 24.93
SUMMER Ohio 242 15.63 15.42
SUMMER Oklahoma 30 77.10 19.27
SUMMER Oregon 142 17.62 16.04
SUMMER Pennsylvania 594 23.10 13.41
SUMMER Puerto Rico 1 50.00 50.00
SUMMER Rhode Island 14 12.33 14.17
SUMMER South Carolina 61 46.47 20.06
SUMMER South Dakota 12 12.23 16.82
SUMMER Tennessee 60 30.22 15.56
SUMMER Texas 146 24.20 13.70
SUMMER Utah 184 18.83 23.55
SUMMER Vermont 43 17.67 18.74
SUMMER Virginia 398 17.64 17.97
SUMMER Washington 90 16.91 16.55
SUMMER West Virginia 52 14.41 15.59
SUMMER Wisconsin 102 18.23 18.31
SUMMER Wyoming 18 3.83 21.15
SUMMER MultiStateOperation 126 18.57 21.76

Written By: The Bee Informed Team

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The Bee Informed Partnership is a collaboration of efforts across the country from some of the leading research labs and universities in agriculture and science to better understand honey bee declines in the United States. Supported by the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, we’re working with beekeepers to better understand how we can keep healthier bees. The key to our success is the true partnership we maintain across a wide range of disciplines including traditional honey bee science, economics, statistics, and medical research that makes all these tools available to this important research. And just as important as the tools are the people. We not only have the leading researchers in the honey bee industry, we also have advisory boards from the commercial beekeeping industries, almond and other commercial growers, as well as naturalists and conservationists from across the country.

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