Thats why large numbers are gathered. It helps limit the damage from untruthful answers. It also asks for number of total hives, then how many are used for honey and how much you pull from these hives. thereby subtracting out pollination and queen rearing hives .
That is not correct. They only ask you "how many of these hives did you harvest or pull honey from". There is no way they can analyze it to the point of knowing what number of hives were used for bee production or pollination, and differentiate between those that were in areas of drought and unproductive areas. How can you subtract pollination and queen rearing based on subtracting hives that were not harvested from?