Seedling Genetics & Soil Fertility webinar

03 Aug
September 16, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
North Carolina State University Extension
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North Carolina State University Extension Forestry will hold a Woodland Owner Lunch & Learn Seedling Genetics & Soil Fertility webinar on September 16th from noon – 1 pm EDT.

During each rotation of a planted forest, landowners have a single opportunity to choose the appropriate genetics for their long-term investment. We encourage forest landowners to plant the best genetic quality seedlings possible. The benefits from establishing highly productive families, in combination with good silvicultural practices, will result in large financial returns.

This webinar, presented by Dr. Kitt Payn, Director of the NCSU Cooperative Tree Improvement Program and Co-Director Dr. Rachael Cook, will discuss how loblolly pine seedlings that have a range in genetic quality. Information about the value of different seedling families can be obtained from seedling vendors as well as from tree improvement cooperatives. The NC State University Cooperative  provides a “third-party” assessment of the productivity, disease resistance, and stem quality of the many families that are available for purchase.

One helpful took is the loblolly pine Performance Rating System (PRS) developed by the NC State University Cooperative Tree Improvement Program. Information provided through this rating system helps seedling customers make informed decisions when comparing the genetic potential of one family relative to another.

Once decisions on seedling genetics are made, at-planting silvicultural decisions will determine the trajectory of the stand and if landowners will capture the potential of selected genetics. Appropriate chemical and/or mechanical site preparation, fertilization, timing, and spacing & density all play critical roles in ensuring the success of a new plantation.

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