I wonder, even with the privacy statements, how many beekeepers actually respond truthfully? I know many larger operators who never list the actual amount of hives on their state registration or anything else. So I wonder if the stats are even close to being correct.
And this collection mainly focuses on honey production. What will my hives or others like me, do to the numbers when I list hundreds of hives, and yet almost NO honey production. Is is fair to include my numbers when I focus on bee production instead of honey production? My hives do not produce honey, but I supply bees to many overlooked smaller beekeepers who will never be on any stats collected.