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Home Publications National Nursery Proceedings 1981 IFSCO Cone handling and dry kiln system

IFSCO Cone handling and dry kiln system

To introduce the International Forest Seed Company (IFSCO) cone handling and dry kiln system, the reasons IFSCO wanted a new drying system must be explored. First of all, IFSCO was in the forest seed business and dealt in large volumes of southern pine seed. The company had processed as many as 130 000 bushels of cones in one season, so there was a great need for a cone drying system that could handle large volumes economically and that would at the same time ensure the highest seed quality. Secondly, with source identification of seed lots so very important and with the prospects of custom-processing genetically improved seed, there was a need for a system to retain lot identity. It was determined that the system had to process any size lot without losing identity, and production could not be sacrificed. The third reason was to improve the economics of operating a cone drying system. The system could not be labor intensive nor could it require large amounts of fuel for operation.

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Author(s): R. W. Bell

Publication: National Nursery Proceedings - 1981

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