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Home Publications Tree Planters' Notes Tree Planters' Notes Volume 58, Number 1 (2015) Forest Seedling Nursery Practices in the Southern United States: Bareroot Nurseries

Forest Seedling Nursery Practices in the Southern United States: Bareroot Nurseries

Nearly 80 percent of the 1.1 billion forest seedlings grown in 2012 in the United States were produced in the 13 Southern States. A survey of current nursery practices for southern bareroot nurseries was compiled and the results presented and compared with a similar survey conducted in 1980. Most notable changes during the past 32 years include reduction in the number of nurseries growing seedlings (including the phase-out of all Federal nurseries), increase in production capacity of industrial nurseries, more seedlings produced by the private sector, a shift in growing more crops under a single fumigation regime, the development of synthetic soil stabilizers, the widespread appearance of the weed spurge, the development of more efficacious fungicides for the control of fusiform rust and other diseases, root and top pruning of seedlings to facilitate the widespread use of full-bed belt lifters, the use polyacrylamide gels to protect roots system after lifting, the use of seedlings bags and boxes for shipping seedlings, and the use of migrant and legal foreign nationals as a source of nonpermanent labor.

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Author(s): Tom E. Starkey, Scott A. Enebak, David B. South

Publication: Tree Planters' Notes - Volumes 58, Number 1 (2015)

Volume: 58

Number: 1

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