Chapter 29: Problem Solving in Forest-Tree Nurseries
Problems are defined as the difference between "what is" and "what should be," and their definition is based on value judgments. Many production problems in Northwest bareroot nurseries are due to site; 68% of site problems are soil related, 25% climate related, and 7% water related. Many people rely solely on their own training and experience to solve problems, but integrating creative techniques with a systematic approach can reveal new solutions. A creative problem-solving system consists of five steps: the problem is identified and then analyzed, Ideas are generated, hypotheses are developed and tested, and the resulting solution is implemented. Nursery managers can become better problem solvers by increasing their knowledge about nursery science and gaining direct and indirect experience in the field.
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Author(s): Thomas D. Landis
Publication: Nursery Manuals - Forest Nursery Manual—Bareroot