New York Field Office
"Fact Finders for Agriculture"
Released: April 2005
OF NEW YORK FLORICULTURE
New York floriculture production ranked fifth in the nation for total commercial sales in 2004, according to USDA’s New York Agricultural Statistics Service. Value of sales increased from a year earlier for bedding and garden plants, potted flowering plants, and foliage for indoor or patio use. The overall value of commercial sales increased 7 percent to $209 million. Bedding and garden plants continued to be the highest component of the total value of at $108 million. Potted flowering plants were second with a value of sales of $56.2 million, an increase of 30 percent. Propagative materials ranked third at $8.20 million, a decrease of 9 percent.
The number of commercial growers decreased for the seventh consecutive year. During 2004, there were 837 growers. The open ground area used to produce floriculture crops in the state was down approximately 9 percent to 963 acres. Greenhouse space for operators exceeding the $10,000 sales level increased 1 percent to total 24.5 million square feet in 2004. This increase pushed the total covered area (greenhouse plus shade and temporary structures) up to 25.1 million square feet, 1 percent more than 2003.
Additional details are available in “The Floriculture Crop Summary - 2004", released April 26, 2005. It is available on the Internet at http://www.usda.gov/nass or by calling this office at the number listed above.`
FLORICULTURE: Growers and Growing Area, 2003-2004