Saskatchewan beekeepers suffered major losses over the winter and early spring due to bitterly cold weather.
The president of the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Development Commission, Simon Lalonde, says 35 to 40 percent of bees died over the winter and early spring.
He says beekeepers will rebuild but will have a lean year with honey production down about 20 to 30 percent.
Saskatchewan produces about 25 percent of Canada’s honey crop or 19 million pounds.
Lalonde adds production of some flowering crops, particularly canola, may also see some lower yields.
He says pollinating bees can improve canola yields 4 to 10 percent.
Saskatchewan has about 100 thousand bee colonies operated by about one thousand beekeepers.
Lalonde says beekeepers will bounce back in a year or so.
He says its farming, and not every year can be a banner year.