USDA releases 2014 floriculture crops summary

The full-text report of the USDA presents data on floriculture crops including cut flowers, potted flowering plants, foliage plants, potted herbaceous perennials, annual bedding/garden plants, cut cultivated greens, propagative floriculture material and special Hawaiian crops; data includes quantity sold, percent of sales at wholesale, wholesale price and value of sales at wholesale for 15 program states and growers having $100,000 or more in sales; also number of growers, growing area and operations with hired workers for growers with $10,000 or more in sales.

2014 Floriculture Crop Highlights

Value of All Production: The 2014 wholesale value of floriculture crops is down 4 percent from the 2013 valuation. The total crop value at wholesale for the 15-State program for all growers with $10,000 or more in sales is estimated at $4.07 billion for 2014, compared with $4.25 billion for 2013. California continues to be the leading State with crops valued at $1.05 billion. Florida, the next largest producer, is slightly up from the prior year to $890 million in wholesale value. These two States account for 44 percent of the 15-State total value. For 2014, the top 5 States are California, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Texas, which account for $2.78 billion, or 63 percent, of the 15-State total value.

Number of Producers: The number of producers for 2014, at 4,849, is down 21 percent in the 15 States compared with the 2013 count of 6,115.

Area Used for Production: In the 15-State program, total covered area for floriculture crop production was 733 million square feet, down slightly from the 2013 area of 735 million square feet.

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