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Chapter 11- Water Management

Water is managed in forest-tree nurseries to (1) control available soil moisture and foster germination, growth, and specific physiological responses, (2) provide solutions for transporting and infiltrating water-soluble fertilizers and leaching excessive salt concentrations, (3) protect crops from extreme drought, soil heating, freezing, or frost heaving, (4) promote germination of weed seed on fallow land for herbicide -free weed control and regulate growth of cover crops, (5) minimize potentially polluting losses of fertilizers and biocides, and (6) limit the amount of water to the optimum needed for crop production.

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Author(s): Robert J. Day

Publication: Nursery Manuals - Forest Nursery Manual—Bareroot