Census of Horticultural Specialties

Census of Horticultural Specialties

Census of Horticultural Specialties. I'm Greg Martin with today's Fruit Grower Report.

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.

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