2017 was an exciting year for the produce industry, with many new greenhouses opening up and new technologies being developed for vertical farms. The results of the 2017 State of the Produce Industry Report are encouraging, with more than half of growers reporting anticipated growth in sales revenue through the end of the year. The industry has been relatively stable and seems poised for expansion as more and more consumers are becoming interested in greenhouse and locally grown produce.
Based on Greenhouse Management’s 2017 State of the Industry Report, we know that 58% of you are growing edible crop transplants, 47% are growing herb plants and 33% are growing finished produce. Whether you’re one of the ornamental growers already growing these crops, or are considering diversifying into produce, the information in this year’s Produce Expansion Guide will assist you as you grow and expand. Over the next few pages, we share some of sister publication Produce Grower’s 2017 State of the Industry stats so you can gain insights into the current market. Read on for seven production tips for tomato growers; a primer on physiological disorders affecting flowers, fruits and foliage; and a case study showing how Houweling’s Tomatoes is meeting consumer demand while remaining environmentally friendly.