Greenhouse Grower‘s Top 100 Growers Survey revealed that our projections in the 2015 State Of The Industry report were correct: Growers, at least the large ones, are expanding.
Greenhouse Grower’s annual Top 100 List ranks the largest U.S. growers by total square feet of environmentally controlled greenhouse space, although this year, we have also listed shade and field acreage, to give perspective on how large these operations are beyond the greenhouse. In total, the 2015 list represents 228,906,001 environmentally controlled square feet of U.S. production, a 5 percent increase over 2014.
All told, 26 growers reported that their operation grew between 2014 and 2015. Several growers reduced their production over the past year, as well, and while some operations’ downsized numbers were significant, most were slight and probably typical of the give-and-take in the horticulture industry.
Greenhouse Grower‘s 2015 Top 100 Growers Whitepaper includes all the results of the survey, including how growers have changed their production practices to adapt to consumer concerns and retailer mandates, and to adopt integrated pest management and the use of biocontrols more widely. It also addresses how growers have been working with retailers and consumers to communicate their own best practices and how others can promote pollinator health. Growers also share some of their frustrations over the way plants are presented at retail, how they hope retailers will respond to their changes in production to increase use of biocontrols with integrated pest management, and more.
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