Michigan Maintains Its Strong Footing In Horticulture Industry

Michigan's 2012 wholesale value of floriculture crops is up just slightly from the 2011 valuation; leads country in nine crops.

Published on: Apr 29, 2013

The numbers are in from 539 commercial growers of floriculture products in Michigan and it shows the industry with a strong and maintained footing in the state.

Commercial growers  ($10K  or  more  in  gross  sales) in Michigan showed  an  estimated  wholesale  value  of  $375.7  million  for  all  surveyed  floriculture  crops,  up about 1 % from last year's figure. This estimate includes summarized sales data as reported by growers with $100K or more in sales plus a calculated wholesale value of sales for operations with sales from $10K to $99,999.

That means the state has maintained it third  place  national  ranking  in  value  of  wholesale  sales  of  floriculture  products  in  2012,  behind  California  and Florida, according to Jay Johnson, Director of the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. 

Michigan Maintains Its Strong Footing In Horticulture Industry
Michigan Maintains Its Strong Footing In Horticulture Industry

Total covered area for all operations in the state was 47.6 million square feet. This includes both rigid and film plastic greenhouses, glass greenhouses, shade, and temporary cover. Only California and Florida had more total cover.

The total crop value at wholesale for the 15-state program for all growers with $10,000 or more in sales is estimated at $4.13 billion for 2012, compared with $4.08 billion for 2011. California continues to be the leading state with crops valued at $985 million, down 3% from the 2011 value. Florida, the next largest producer, is down 3% from the prior year to $812 million in wholesale value. These two states account for 44% of the 15-State total value.

For 2012, the top 5 states are California, Florida, Michigan, Texas, and North Carolina, which account for $2.72 billion, or 66%, of the 15-state total value. 

 The leading crop category breakdowns for Michigan operations with more than $100K in sales were:
•First, annual bedding/garden plants with $201.7 million in sales.
•Second, propagative materials with $78.4 million in sales.
•Third, herbaceous perennial plants with $52.3 million in sales.
•Fourth, potted flowering plants with $25.5 million in sales.

Michigan leads the nation in value of sales for 9 floriculture crops:
•Impatiens (flats) with 1.6 million flats sold, valued at $12.6 million.
•Begonias (flats) with 762,000 flats sold, valued at $6.3 million.
•Begonias Hanging Baskets with 527,000 baskets sold, valued at $3.2 million.
•Geranium Hanging Baskets (cuttings) with 656,000 baskets sold, valued at $4.9 million.
•Impatiens Other Hanging Baskets with 620,000 sold, valued at $3.1 million.
•Petunias Hanging Baskets with 1.2 million baskets sold, valued at $6.5 million.
•Potted Easter Lillies with 1.2 million pots sold, valued at $5.0 million.
•Potted Geraniums (seed) with 9.0 million pots sold, valued at $7.1 million.
•Potted Petunias with 4.5 million pots sold, valued at $8.0 million. 

Number of Producers: The number of producers for 2012, at 5,419, is down 6% in the 15 states compared with the 2011 count of 5,763. 

Area Used for Production: In the 15-state program, total covered area for floriculture crop production was 702 million square feet, down 1% from the 2011 area of 712 million square feet. 

Peak Hired Workers: The average peak number of hired workers employed on operations in the 15-state program in 2012 is 19. A total of 4,184 operations hired workers during 2012. Overall, 77% of operations used some hired labor during 2012, up percentage point from 2011.