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Economic Benefits Of An Aggressive Breeding Program

A present value analysis was done to determine the economic benefits of shortening the breeding cycle of loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) by 1 to 6 years in the southeastern United States. Depending upon various conditions such as stumpage values, desired rate of return, and the number of acres regenerated with the improved planting stock, the investment in aggressive breeding programs will be very profitable in most tree improvement programs.

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Author(s): Steven E. McKeand, Robert J. Weir

Publication: Tree Improvement and Genetics - Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference - 1983