Feb. 23, 2011 – Greenhouse product sales were generally up or about held their own in 2010, according to a recent Farm Cash Receipts report by Statistics Canada, with floriculture doing a little better than vegetables.
Overall, farm cash receipts received by Canadian farmers totalled $43.8 billion in 2010, down 1.7 per cent from a year earlier, but 6.7 per cent above the previous five-year average, according to Statistics Canada. Farm cash receipts include crop and livestock revenues plus program payments.
Receipts fell in all provinces except Ontario (+3.5 per cent), Newfoundland and Labrador (+3.1 per cent) and Nova Scotia (+2.9 per cent). The largest declines occurred in Alberta (5.9 per cent) and Quebec (-3.9 per cent).
Market receipts, which include revenue from the sale of crops and livestock, but exclude program payments, amounted to $40.7 billion in 2010, down 1.5 per cent from 2009.
Crop receipts declined 6.3 per cent to $21.9 billion in 2010, their lowest level since 2007, while livestock receipts increased 4.7 per cent to $18.8 billion.
Looking specifically at the greenhouse sector, the “Floriculture, Nursery and Sod” category had sales of $1.94 billion in 2010, an increase of four per cent over 2009. Greenhouse vegetable sales were about $1 billion and down 0.1 per cent from 2009.
(Note: All data are in current dollars. Farm cash receipts measures gross revenue for farm businesses. They do not represent their bottom line, as farmers have to pay their expenses and loans and cover depreciation. Preliminary information on net farm income for 2010 will be available in May 2011. Net farm income for 2009 was released on November 25, 2010.)