Mark your calendar for March 17, 2015 to attend a meeting at the Bonners Restaurant, 1500 Bonner Lane, Buckhead, GA with James Johnson, Retired, Georgia Forestry Commission to discuss the “Emerald Ash Borer”. The meeting will begin at 6 PM. For more information please call 770-207-4204 or 706-343-5869. You may also email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.]]>
The USDA will also extend the deadline for general sign-up CSP applications until Friday, March 13, 2015. For more information, please contact your local NRCS or FSA office.]]>
Are tree farmers inherently different than other farmers? Successful farmers plant and cultivate the best genotypes available for the product they wish to produce. Tree Farmers should be not different. Today more than ever before detailed information on genetic improvement of Loblolly and Slash pine is available directly to clients. International Forest Company (IFCO) is a full member of the major tree breeding cooperatives in the Southern US and we deliver that knowledge through easy to understand genetic gain sheets.
Selection for genetic gain in southern pines is product focused. All material is rated for level of productivity gain over unimproved seed lots. Increase in volume growth alone will have a significant effect on the profitability of pine stands; for this reason gain in volume growth is the most commonly sought metric of genetic gain. At IFCO we back up our high volume producing families with other desirable traits (characteristics) such as stem straightness, reduced forking and rust resistance. These form traits insure that a larger proportion of harvest volume is sold into the highest value products.
PRS and Star Rating Sheets
Data from each of the breeding cooperatives is clearly described and illustrated on the respective genetic gain sheets. East of the Mississippi River PRS sheets are available for the improved Loblolly families that IFCO sells. For Western Gulf region Loblolly, IFCO provides Star Sheets with genetic gain estimates and deployment recommendations. For Slash pine, IFCO’s proprietary Star Sheets provide gain estimates and deployment recommendations across the entire planted range of the species.
We invite you to request genetic gain sheets from IFCO or any other seedling provider that you use. Let our staff guide you through the decision on which families to plant, based on the location and objectives of your future timber stand.
Click on the link below for a preview of a Loblolly Pine PRS information sheet:
Loblolly PRS CP047
International Forest Co.
For more information about this program contact your local Louisiana Forestry Department:
Dist. 1 318-949-3225 Haughton, LA
Dist. 2 318-345-7595 Monroe, LA
Dist. 3 318-992-1400 Trout, LA
Dist. 4 337-639-4978 Oberlin, LA
Dist. 5 337-948-0230 Opelousas, LA
Dist. 6 985-543-4057 Hammond, LA
Registration fee: $50.00 (includes lunch)]]>
Texas Leaf Cutting Ant
You may also contact the Texas A&M Forest Service in Lufkin, TX 936-639-8170 or Austin, TX 512-339-6329]]>
Imazapyr Site Prep
Table 1: 2 lb. acid equivalent:
|PLANTING DATE||HERBICIDE SITE PREP TREATMENT DATE**|
|Herbicide product rates per acre*|
|October||48 oz.||40 oz.||NO||NO|
|November||52 oz.||44 oz.||40 oz.||36 oz. (NO)***|
|Dec-Jan||56 oz.||48 oz.||44 oz.||40 oz.|
|Feb-Mar||64 oz.||56 oz.||52 oz.||48 oz.|
|Longleaf and Slash Pine|
|October||44 oz.||36 oz.||NO||NO|
|November||48 oz.||40 oz.||36 oz.||(32 oz.) NO***|
|Dec-Jan||52 oz.||44 oz.||40 oz.||36 oz.|
|Feb-Mar||60 oz.||52 oz.||48 oz.||44 oz.|
|*Imazapyr product formulations containing 2 lb. acid equivalent imazapyr per gallon such as: trade names (manufacturer): Chopper, Chopper Gen2 (BASF Specialty Products), Polaris SP (NuFarm), and Rotary 2SL (Alligare LLC).|
|**Do not plant within 60 days of a 48 oz/acre or greater (2 lbs. ae/gallon) imazapyr herbicide application.|
|***Do not plant within 45 days of a 32 or 36 oz/ac imazapyr rate when rainfall amounts for the area are lower than normal, soil moisture is not adequate for planting, and competing vegetation is less than 1 foot tall.|
Table 2: 4 lb. acid equivalent:
|PLANTING DATE||HERBICIDE SITE PREP TREATMENT DATE**|
|Herbicide product rates per acre*|
|October||24 oz.||20 oz.||NO||NO|
|November||26 oz.||22 oz.||20 oz.||18 oz. (NO)**|
|Dec-Jan||28 oz.||24 oz.||22 oz.||20 oz.|
|Feb-Mar||32 oz.||28 oz.||26 oz.||24 oz.|
|Longleaf and Slash Pine|
|October||22 oz.||18 oz.||NO||NO|
|November||24 oz.||20 oz.||18 oz.||(16 oz.) NO**|
|Dec-Jan||26 oz.||22 oz.||20 oz.||18 oz.|
|Feb-Mar||30 oz.||26 oz.||24 oz.||22 oz.|
|*Imazapyr product formulations containing 4 lb. acid equivalent imazapyr per gallon: trade names (manufacturer): Arsenal AC (BASF Specialty Products), Polaris AC Complete (NuFarm), and Imazapyr 4SL (Alligare LLC).|
|**Do not plant within 60 days of a 24 oz/acre or greater (4 lbs. ae/gallon) imazapyr herbicide application.|
|***Do not plant within 45 days of a 16 or 18 oz/ac imazapyr rate when rainfall amounts for the area are lower than normal, soil moistrue is not adequate for planting, and competing vegetation is less than 1 foot tall.|
The two larger plots (background pines) were planted on P (phosphorous) deficient soils and P applied.
The two smaller trees in the foreground were planted at the same time on P deficient soils and no P applied.
The following information is provided by University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources: David Dickens, David Moorhead
The success of a pine plantation depends on many factors; the soil test phosphorus (P) level is one of those factors. Phosphorus fertilization is likely to be beneficial on some Coastal Plain soil such as:
Visit http://www.forestproductivity.net/fertilization for more information.]]>
Southern Pine Beetle Cost Share Program (SPB)-Georgia Forestry Commission
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)-FSA
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)-NRCS
Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP)-FSA
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)-NRCS
Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP)-NRCS
Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program (PFW)-U S Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)-NRCS
Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP)-NRCS
Wildlife Incentives for Nongame & Game Species (Project WINGS)-NRCS]]>
International Forest Company grows some of the most Genetically Diverse Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) containerized seedlings in the Southwestern United States. It is through their membership and association with the Western Gulf Forest Tree Improvement Program (WGFTIP) that this Genetic Diversity is expressed. Genetic Diversity is important to all forest users and it has both economic and ecological value. Loblolly pine contains a high level of natural genetic diversity and tree improvement programs are committed to maintaining genetic diversity in trees for the future.
What is Genetic Diversity?
Why is Genetic Diversity Important?
How do Tree Improvement Programs Affect Genetic Diversity?
The Western Gulf Tree Improvement Program is a cooperative tree improvement project founded in 1969 with the objective of providing the best genetic quality seed for use in forest regeneration programs in the Western Gulf Region of the United States. There are currently 13 members represented by 4 state agencies and 9 industrial and private land owners. Genetic variation is the natural resource on which all breeding and genetic improvement programs are based and therefore conservation of genetic diversity is considered good natural resource stewardship, a prerequisite for evolutionary change and an obligation to future human generations. The cooperative is conserving and improving populations of five Southern Pine species and several hardwood species (Loblolly pine, Slash pine, Shortleaf pine, Longleaf pine, Virginia pine, Cherrybark oak, Water/Willow Oak and Nuttall oak).
IFCO continues to be a member of the WGFTIP. It is through this membership along with other cooperative ventures that IFCO is a steward of a genetically diverse forest. IFCO is committed to the breeding and testing programs of the WGFTIP and has completed 3 generations of tree breeding resulting in significant genetic gains in volume growth. Along with volume growth, wood quality characteristics such as stem straightness, wood specific gravity and microfibril angle are also considered as important selection criterion in their breeding populations.
The seed utilized in IFCO’s regeneration efforts are collected from Seed Orchards derived from these extensive breeding and testing efforts over the past 44 years. These breeding efforts have resulted in the deployment of genetically improved seedlings from certified seed orchards throughout the South. Much of the seed that the Evans Nursery Complex will utilize in 2014 comes from IFCO’s Seed Orchards in Louisiana. Loblolly pine seed is collected and stored for future use from this Seed Orchard annually. Seed and seedling deployment is based on the breeding and testing completed by the cooperative over the past 44 years along with the correlation of the soil mapping that was completed through past land ownership. These correlations have led to the deployment of the best genetically improved seedlings being matched to the soils that show superior growth characteristics. These characteristics are then matched to plant hardiness zones resulting in superior growth. It is through this process that IFCO assists landowners in the deployment of their seedlings to regenerate their forests and deploy seedlings to regenerate their Forests.
The deployment of seedlings in the Western Gulf Region along with IFCO’s other Nursery operations is based on their original provenance, their growth and yield characteristic based on years of genetic breeding and testing, along with the soil characteristics of the tracts that are to be regenerated and the silvicultural practices to be employed for their tracts. All of the being considered has resulted in a superior genetically diverse sustainable forest for the landowner.
Give yourself the best opportunity to maximize growth and yield with IFCO seedlings.
We believe that doing business with an open hand and sharing information builds trust between the forest industry and the landowners who grow it.
IFCO participates in over six research and genetic cooperatives and is committed to bringing what was once only available to the elite to every landowner.
IFCO specializes in cross zone hybrid testing and orchard improvement to ensure that the highest quality seedlings are delivered to our landownders.
IFCO hand-packages each seedling and ships directly from our fields to the landowner.
The Greene-Morgan Forest Landowners Association holds regular landowner meetings to educate members about issues that affect Georgia woodland owners. Mark your calendar for March 17, 2015 to attend a meeting at the Bonners Restaurant, 1500 Bonner Lane, Buckhead, GA with James Johnson, Retired, Georgia Forestry Commission to discuss the “Emerald Ash Borer”. The meeting will […]
March 4, 2015 by IFCO
The USDA announced the Department of Agriculture is offering a renewal option through Tuesday, March 31, 2015 for eligible agriculture producers and forest landowners with expiring Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts. The USDA will also extend the deadline for general sign-up CSP applications until Friday, March 13, 2015. For more information, please contact your local […]
February 25, 2015 by IFCO
Genetic gain in forest seedlings: Nick Muir, CF Are tree farmers inherently different than other farmers? Successful farmers plant and cultivate the best genotypes available for the product they wish to produce. Tree Farmers should be not different. Today more than ever before detailed information on genetic improvement of Loblolly and Slash pine is available […]