Bloomin’ and boomin’: Pa. ranked seventh in ’05 floriculture crops sales

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania ranked seventh nationally in wholesale sales of floriculture crops in 2005 with a wholesale value of sales by commercial flower and foliage producers that totaled $174.3 million.
Statistics. The total covered growing area for Pennsylvania in 2005 was 22.7 million square feet. Nursery crop producers in Pennsylvania reported a wholesale value of nursery crop sales totaling $113.8 million for the year 2003, ranking ninth nationally.
In 2003, gross sales for Pennsylvania’s Christmas trees cut and to be cut totaled $13.9 million, ranking fourth nationally.
USDA survey. Vital information about the floriculture industry is gathered annually during the Commercial Floriculture Survey conducted by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Christmas trees. Likewise, information is gathered every three years for the nursery and Christmas tree industry during the Nursery and Christmas Tree Production Survey.
These surveys, combined with the Nursery and Floriculture Chemical Use Survey, will be used to produce reliable, accurate data on key items such as area of production, value of sales and production numbers. Chemical usage and pest management practices will also be gathered.
Release dates. Results from the Commercial Floriculture Production Survey will be released April 26 in the 2006 Floricultural Crop Summary report. Results from the Nursery Production Survey will be released July 26.
Results from the Floriculture Nursery Chemical Use Survey are set to be released Sept. 19.

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