Navigation Links
Results of national nursery survey unveiled
Date:2/17/2009

GAINESVILLE, FLThe U.S. Green industry, including nursery and greenhouse producers, landscape services firms, and wholesale and retail distributors, has grown dramatically during the past two decades, becoming an increasingly important sector of American agriculture.

In 2002, the Green Industry generated 1.96 million jobs and $147.8 billion in sales. In 2006, sales of U.S. nursery and greenhouse crops reached $16.9 billion. Despite its growing importance, however, the production and management practices followed in this industry have not been well-documented.

To help fill the information void on management characteristics of the nursery industry, the National Nursery Survey was introduced in 1988. Every five years since then, a multi-state research committee on economics and marketing called the Green Industry Research Consortium conducts the survey to provide a state and regional analysis of nursery production practices.

Alan W. Hodges, Charles R. Hall, Bridget K. Behe, and Jennifer H. Dennis published the results of the most recent survey in the October 2008 volume of the American Society of Horticultural Science's journal HortScience.

The researchers recognized that practices and technology use differ across regions due to varying economic and environmental conditions. According to the research team, the results of this survey are of particular interest given the recent emphasis on producing plants in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Eight geographic regions were identified for analysis of pooled data, including: Appalachia, Great Plains, Midwest, Mountain, Northeast, Pacific, South Central, and Southeast. The regions represented agroclimatic zones, were subject to state boundaries, and closely correspond to the USDA "Farm Production Regions".

The information gathered in the study covered eight main topics: permanent and temporary employment figures, nursery rooting media systems, irrigation, native plant production, integrated pest management, brokerage, production contracting, and computerization. In-depth findings that can benefit the nursery and greenhouse industries were contained in the comprehensive report.

Analysis of the national survey data for the nursery and greenhouse industry in the United States showed that there are distinct regional differences in production practices and technology use. For instance, nurseries in the northern and interior regions reported using seasonal labor more than nurseries in other regions.

The Southeast region was found to practice integrated pest management more prevalently due to the warm and humid conditions. Most regions had a significant share of total production from Native American plants, approaching or exceeding 20% of total sales, except for the Pacific region, which had 13%. In computerization, the Mountain region had the highest level of adoption of computer technologies for production, marketing, and management.

Interestingly, data on water use and irrigation technology indicated no clear pattern with respect to regional differences in water scarcity. "Water conservation and quality issues are increasingly affecting the ability to produce and market nursery products, so it is important to document and track the efficiency of water applications in the industry, along with other 'green' concerns", reported the researchers.


'/>"/>

Contact: Michael W. Neff
mwneff@ashs.org
703-836-4606
American Society for Horticultural Science
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Many parents at-risk for cancer disclose genetic test results to children
2. BIO-key Reports Second Quarter 2007 Results
3. Communication Intelligence Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2007 Financial Results
4. New CPR promises better results by compressing abdomen, not Chest
5. Positive results for airway bypass
6. 2 carotid artery stenting studies show results comparable to AHA guidelines
7. Measurement Specialties, Inc. Announces Impact of German Business Tax Reform 2008 Resulting in Lower Combined German Tax Rate - Impacts 2Q08 Reported Financial Results
8. BIO-key Reports Third Quarter 2007 Results
9. New clinical trial results show how personalized medicine will alter treatment of genetic disorders
10. Electrospray droplet research yields surprising, practical results
11. Aware, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and 2007 Financial Results
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/29/2017)... the health IT company that operates the largest health ... today announced a Series B investment from BlueCross BlueShield ... investment and acquisition accelerates higi,s strategy to create the ... activities through the collection and workflow integration of ambient ... secures data today on behalf of over 36 million ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... CENTRE, N.Y. , March 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ ... Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics ... Outpatient EMR Adoption Model sm . In addition, ... 12% of U.S. hospitals using an electronic medical ... CHS for its high level of EMR usage ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , Mar 24, 2017 Research and ... Access System Market Analysis & Trends - Industry Forecast to 2025" ... ... to grow at a CAGR of around 15.1% over the next ... This industry report analyzes the market estimates and forecasts for all ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:8/15/2017)... ... 15, 2017 , ... Nanomedical Diagnostics , a cutting-edge ... the launch of the new NHS Agile biosensor chip . The new ... a wide range of molecules, including small and large molecules, peptides, proteins, and ...
(Date:8/15/2017)... ... August 15, 2017 , ... Coffea arabica ... biotic and abiotic factors. During this educational webinar, participants will learn about the ... as gain a better understanding of how genomics is important for coffee breeding ...
(Date:8/11/2017)... ROCKVILLE, Md. , Aug. 11, 2017 ... in a New York Times article regarding ... 9.2 billion, according to Kalorama Information.  The ... an App for That"  used information ... Remote Patient Monitoring & Telemedicine Market  (Sleep, ...
(Date:8/10/2017)... Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) , ... August 09, 2017 ... ... back to the classroom next week-- as students. From August 14th through the ... Institute. The institute, which debuted in the summer of 2016, provides Philadelphia-based middle ...
Breaking Biology Technology: