Honeybee Colonies Down 40 Percent In South Dakota

The number of honeybee colonies in South Dakota is down 40 percent.
    
The Agriculture Department says operations with five or more colonies totaled 30,000 on Jan. 1, down from 50,000 the previous year.
    
Colonies lost during the first three months of this year totaled 770, or 1 percent.
    
South Dakota ranks second in the nation in the production of honey.