Honey beehive losses up in South Dakota

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – Honey beehive losses are up in South Dakota.

The South Dakota State University Extension Service says a national survey found that honey beehive losses in the state totaled 44.1 percent in 2015-16. That was up from 40.6 percent the previous year.

Extension specialist Amanda Bachmann says hive losses are attributed to several factors, including weather, parasites, pathogens and pesticides.

South Dakota is the second-leading state in honey production, behind only North Dakota.