Knowledge Exchange

Ag Economy

Greenhouse and Nursery

  • 2020 was a good year for the green industry overall. Easter and early-Spring sales were disrupted by COVID-19 related shutdowns, and some greenhouse growers had to dump product. However, mid- and late-Spring sales generally made up for these early losses. 
  • Sales generally continued strong into summer and fall for most greenhouse, nursery, and sod producers. Many producers report being able to increase prices and margins in 2020.
  • Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, most garden centers and greenhouses were able to open for business and customer traffic has been fairly strong.
  • Sod sales declined early in the season amidst a slowdown of construction and landscape activity but have generally recovered.
  • As with other agricultural sectors, the availability and cost of labor has been a challenge, not just for entry-level production workers, but for supervisory staff as well.