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NURSERY


Released: August 2001

NURSERY PRODUCTION MEASURED AT $52 MILLION

A recent Nursery Production Survey of operations with over $100,000 in sales revealed that in 2000, the gross value of sales for nine categories of nursery products totaled $52.0 million in New York. Deciduous shade trees accounted for 22 percent of the total sales dollars, followed in value by deciduous shrubs and other ornamentals, coniferous evergreens, and broadleaf evergreens at 18 percent each.

The first multi-State Nursery Production revealed that the 2000 gross value of sales for nine categories of nursery products totaled $3.32 billion in the 17 selected states. There were 6,535 nursery operations in the 17 surveyed states with gross value of sales exceeding $10,000. The 6,535 nurseries reported production area of over 16 billion square feet, or just over 369 thousand acres.

Number of Producers, Number Sold, and Sales Dollars, by Crop,
for Operations with $100,000+ Sales, 2000, New York

Crop Number
Producers
Number of
trees and
plants sold
Sales
1,000 $1,000
Broadleaf evergreens 42 893   9,247
Coniferous shade trees 52    595   9,431
Deciduous shade trees 57    257 11,646
Deciduous flowering trees 51    187   4,868
Deciduous shrubs and other ornamentals 54 1,260   9,605
Fruit plants 18 1,924   3,812
Christmas trees (cut and to be cut) 13      54   1,086
Propagation material 14     NA   2,317
TOTAL 91     NA 52,012

All New York nursery operations with sales over $10,000 totaled 388. Those firms with sales of $100,000 or greater numbered 91 while those with gross sales over $1 million totaled 12.

The 388 nurseries reported production area of 852.6 million square feet, or 19,573 acres.

Number of Producer and Production Area for Operations with
$10,000+ of Sales, 2000, New York

Number Producers Production area
1,000 sq. ft. Acres
388 852,582 19,573

Inventory of the surveyed plant categories on January 1, 2001 in New York was slightly over $116 million. Deciduous shade trees accounted for 30 percent of the total, deciduous shrubs and other ornamentals 20 percent, coniferous shade trees 14 percent and deciduous flowering trees 13 percent. Expected sales during the four time periods surveyed was spread fairly even, with a quarter to a third each period. The exceptions were coniferous shade trees and Christmas trees where over half the inventory was targeted for sales in 4 or more years from January 2001.

The complete results of the survey are available on-line at www.usda.gov/nass.
 

Inventory, Value and Intentions, January 1, 2001, by Plant for Operations
with $100,000+ Sales, New York

Plant Number of
trees and
plants
on hand
1-1-01
Value of
those
on hand
1-1-01
Percentage of 1-1-01 inventory
expected to sell in:
1 year 2 years 3 years 4 years
or later
1,000 plants 1,000 dollars
Broadleaf evergreens 2,235 14,800 32 19 27 22
Coniferous shade trees 2,586 16,192 19 15 16 50
Deciduous shade trees 1,419 34,766 24 24 28 24
Deciduous flowering trees   841 15,495 24 27 30 19
Deciduous shrubs and other ornamentals 2,948 23,702 26 25 28 21
Fruit plants 2,501   4,258 62 15 11 12
Christmas trees   663   7,110 11 16 20 53