US (CA): Sonoma County increases ornamental sales by 74.2%

Sonoma County (California) has presented its 2018 Crop Report. The reported total value for 2018 was $1,106,662,100, which represents a 24% increase from the 2017 value of $894,182,900 and is the first time in history that the gross value of agricultural commodities produced in Sonoma County has exceeded one billion dollars.

Nursery product value was up 42.6% from 2017. This is attributed to an increase of 74.2% in ornamental sales, and a 27% increase in deciduous fruit and nut trees, cacti, and houseplants. Demand for nursery stock has risen locally as homes are rebuilt and landscapes are replaced, which has been augmented by more water availability as drought conditions have subsided. Increased sales can also be attributed to the opening of a new, large wholesale nursery in the county, as well as the expansion of some existing nurseries.

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