Census of Horticultural Specialties
The 2014 Census of Horticultural Specialties survey was released on Monday and takes a look at detailed production and sales data for floriculture, nursery and specialty crops. Chris Mertz with NASS talks about some of the findings.
MERTZ: Washington came in a number two in the states that produced nursery stock for fruit and nut plants and that's at $65.4 million dollars of sales
The last time this survey was done was in 2009 and Mertz says there has been a increase.
MERTZ: The state of Washington increased 31% in total dollars and Oregon increased from 12% in 2009. Oregon is ranked number three in the country at $932-million dollars of sales. Washington ranked number 9 in the country in 2014.
And since it's Christmas time, Chris, how about Christmas trees?
MERTZ: Oregon remains the number one state in the country. In 2014, sales of cut Christmas trees in Oregon was $127.4 million dollars. Oregon also ranks number one in total acres of production in Christmas trees at 41-thousand acres. Washington State was ranked number six in the country in cut Christmas trees but the value of sales rounds up to $12 million dollars.
That's today's Fruit Grower Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.