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Cone handling system from field to processor

Seed procurement as a part-time, once every 3 years ordeal is coming to an end, especially for newly expanded operations in the northwest intermountain area. Quite often the specifications for quality seed are totally in the hands of the field personnel, after which the final cone storage and extraction work is the total responsibility of a nursery staff or private seed company. To get high quality seed from field to processor, both field and nursery people must put together a well-planned cone collection system. Any breakdown in the system will affect the seed quality, the seedling quality, and the cost. How much can be paid for high quality seed? Using a seed cost of $5.00/M seedlings produced for a greenhouse container crop, the following chart shows the seed value as percent germination decreases:


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Author(s): Richard M. Schaefer, III

Publication: National Nursery Proceedings - 1981

Event: Proceedings of the 1981 Intermountain Nurserymen's Association meeting
1981 - Edmonton, Alberta