Greenhouse vegetable acreage up 14% globally in 2015

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Kitayama Brothers Inc's 40 acres of hydroponic greenhouses with microirrigation in Watsonville, California.
Kitayama Brothers Inc's 40 acres of hydroponic greenhouses with microirrigation in Watsonville, California.
Lance Cheung, US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

As of the first of January 2016, the acreage devoted to greenhouse vegetable growing globally is estimated at 473,466 hectares, according to a 138-page report released in early January 2016.

The report, 2016 World Greenhouse Vegetable Production Statistics, collates published greenhouse industry data from more than 130 nations for the 12-month period from January 2015, along with contact details for listed producers.

Published in January 2016 by US-based specialists in international greenhouse vegetable production, Cuesto Roble (Oak Hill) Consulting (CRC), the report found that the amount of acreage devoted to vegetable crops grew by a healthy 14 percent over previous year.

A companion publication, 2016 World Greenhouse Vegetable Producers, now lists 1,925 growers from 99 countries, along with key production details and contact information.

Australia fourth in world for greenhouse vegie growers

Australia, with 103 listed greenhouse vegie producers, is fourth ranked in the world: the US, with 509, came In first, followed by the Netherlands, with 355 listed greenhouse-vegetable growing companies and Canada, with 207. Mexico (67), the UK (64), New Zealand (46), France (44), and Italy and Russia (both with 43) came in fifth to 10th place, respectively.

By the end of 2015, the land space occupied by known greenhouse areas amounted to more than 19,450 hectares globally – 27 percent more than at the start of the year. That total includes existing greenhouse facilities as well as 94 new greenhouse projects around the world that were announced last year.

Strawberries growing in a glasshouse at Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries, near Port Macquarie, NSW.
Merran White

More CRC greenhouse grower manuals

Other useful publications from Cuesto Roble Consulting include:

Specialty Vegetables, Herbs and Small Fruits for Greenhouse/Hydroponic Production, which includes information and statistics on yield, spacing and other practical information for growers of 33 crops suitable for greenhouse and/or hydroponic production, including broccoli, cantaloupe, Chinese cabbage, green beans, rocket (arugula), snow peas, spinach, squash and zucchini, and various herbs.

International Greenhouse Vegetable Production Manual – Temperate/Tropical, two protected-cropping production manuals covering temperate and tropical regions worldwide, have both been revised and updated recently. Each includes 110-plus pages and incorporates descriptions, instructions, photographs and illustrations, and 70 tables, charts and lists (in metric and US/English units). The Temperate Regions manual has information on winter heating; the Tropical Regions version excludes the section on heating and includes additional information on growing greenhouse crops in hot, humid conditions.

The Tropical Greenhouse Design and Construction Handbook, a 41-page manual with numerous working photos and illustrations, gives hands-on information on the numerous factors involved in building greenhouses of varying sizes up to 15 by 4.5 metres in size suitable for growing vegetables successfully in tropical conditions. Included are detailed greenhouse and construction sequence plans, diagrams, comprehensive part and supply lists, estimated costs and on-site construction photos.

For a list of consultants on tropical greenhouse growing experiences, check out CRC's Tropical Foreign Assignment Summaries.

To order any of the greenhouse vegetable publications and related reports detailed, visit Cuesta Roble Consulting online. For more information, contact Gary W. Hickman, Horticultural Consultant at Cuesta Roble Consulting, via the site.

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