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Bird Damage to Sown Seeds or Emerging Seedlings

It's spring so most growers are sowing their crops or will be doing so in the next couple of months. Many things can go wrong during sowing (Figure 1), and all gardeners know the anxiety of waiting for those germinating plants to "poke their heads" out of the soil or growing medium. Seeds are small packets of high-energy food and therefore are especially attractive to birds. Trying to keep these critters from eating all your crop seeds is one of those concerns that man has faced since the beginning of recorded time.

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Author(s): Thomas D. Landis

Publication: Forest Nursery Notes - 2010 Winter