The number of colonies isn't a good read, nor the amount of honey being produced for one simple reason. The beekeepers are doing everything they can to keep production level. They are producing new colonies at a breakneck pace. I've been told they've never produced this many colonies ever, the honey producers are literally replacing their entire stock of bees almost every year.
What's happening is pretty scary. It's being played up from both sides, the total freak out on the environmental side and the people that don't like environmental causes are playing it down like it's nothing. The loss of bee's on the commercial (honey production) side is being managed pretty effectively right now. I'm less concerned about that. What I am concerned about is the loss of the other bee's. Bumblebee's in particular are responsible for better than 50% of all pollination in the US. There are scientists that can't find certain species at all, species that used to be so common they didn't bother even trying to count them. It doesn't mean they are all dead but there is something going on and we need to know what it is.
My only point is that given the risks here it might be worth it to temporarily ban the neonictids until we understand what's going on. This could be like DDT and condor eggs, it could take a decade of the poison to work it's way out of the system and allow recovery.