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Proceedings of Past Forest Nursery Association Meetings:

Managing Organic Matter in Forest Nurseries
Robin Rose and Diane L. Haase
1996: New England, CT
Organic matter has long been recognized as an essential component of a highly productive soil, yet there has been limited focus on this topic despite an exponential increase in nursery production. Recently, soil organic matter has taken on new meaning with the reduction of pesticide use, especially methyl bromide which is slated to be banned. Without the "magic bullet," methyl bromide, the role of organic matter in relation to control of pathogens, nematodes, insects, and weed seed must be better understood in order to successfully integrate it with other forest nursery cultural practices. Addition of organic material is justified when management practices are made easier or more effective, or when those benefits are reflected in better quality or quantity of production.

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