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Soil testing and soil fertility maintenance

The main goal of nursery management is the production of high quality planting stock that has an excellent chance for survival and establishment on widely diverse planting sites. Since soil is the basic resource on which nursery production is dependent, good soil management based on an adequate understanding of the soil system becomes an important factor in reaching this goal. Although certain basic principles of soil management may be applicable to all forest nurseries, a sound soil management program must be based upon a thorough understanding of the soil system of each individual nursery. Secondly, establishment of a monitoring program: designed to develop management recommendations o fit existing soil conditions at each nursery is essential. It is important to have a good understanding of both physical and chemical conditions of the soil. For example, poor physical conditions may result in poor drainage and aeration, which in turn will influence nutrient uptake. Obviously, this will influence how soil and plant analysis data are interpreted.


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Author(s): Chet T. Youngberg

Publication: National Nursery Proceedings - 1982

Event: Western Nurserymen's Conference
1982 - Medford, OR

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