Forest Nursery Practices in the Southern United States

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David B. South Tom E. Starkey Scott A. Enebak

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Over the past five decades, researchers in the southern United States have been working with nursery managers to develop ways to reduce the cost of producing seedlings. In this regard, the Southern Forest Nursery Management Cooperative (at Auburn University in Alabama) has helped reduce hand-weeding costs and losses due to nematodes and disease. As a result, nursery managers are able to legally use a variety of registered herbicides and fungicides for use in pine and hardwood seedbeds.  Other changes over the last three decades include a reduction in the number of nurseries growing seedlings, a reduction in the number of seedlings outplanted per ha, an increase in the number of container nurseries, an increase in the average production per nursery, an increase in production by the private sector, growing two or more crops after fumigation, the development of synthetic soil stabilizers, applying polyacrylamide gels to roots and the use of seedling bags and boxes for shipping seedlings.

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SOUTH, David B.; STARKEY, Tom E.; ENEBAK, Scott A.. Forest Nursery Practices in the Southern United States. REFORESTA, [S.l.], n. 1, p. 106-146, june 2016. ISSN 2466-4367. Available at: <http://journal.reforestationchallenges.org/index.php/REFOR/article/view/8>. Date accessed: 21 apr. 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.21750/REFOR.1.07.7.
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