Knowledge Exchange

Ag Economy

Greenhouse and Nursery

  • The green industry posted a solid spring season, with good sales in April, a little sluggish in early May, then a strong finish in late May and early June. With a few exceptions, weekend weather was favorable, which helped lead to increased sales over last year.
  • Garden center retailers continue to post mixed results due to tough competition from chain stores.
  • Wholesale nurseries report strong demand this spring continuing into summer.
  • Greenhouse growers mostly reported increased sales for spring 2019, year-over-year.
  • Steady numbers for new housing starts and existing home renovation indicate that good consumer demand for ornamentals should continue.
  • As with other agricultural sectors, labor supply and cost continues to be a major issue.