Oregon Nurseries Hit Hard by December Storms

January 16, 2009 - 15:46

Oregon nurseries were hit hard by late December storms, The Oregonian reported recently. Damages to crops and structures are estimated to the tune of $31 million.

The state’s top nursery and greenhouse counties — Washington, Clackamas, Multnomah, Marion and Yamhill — suffered the highest losses, the paper reported. Those five counties produce 86 percent of the state’s nursery crops each year.

The full extent of crop damage won’t be known until spring, “when plants emerge from winter dormancy,” according to The Oregonian.

Oregon’s ornamental horticulture industry is the state’s largest agricultural commodity, with annual sales of more than $1 billion.

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