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International Forestry Company http://internationalforest.co/news Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:43:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Four-State Forestry On The Grow Conference http://internationalforest.co/news/four-state-forestry-on-the-grow-conference/ http://internationalforest.co/news/four-state-forestry-on-the-grow-conference/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:39:59 +0000 http://internationalforest.co/news/?p=134 April 29 – May 2, 2015

 

Four-State “Forestry On The Grow” Conference–Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma & Arkansas

Where:  Mary Herron Conference Center, 812 E. Lincoln Rd., Idabel, OK  74745   580-286-3616

A host of speakers and topics ranging from private landowners, Assistant Professor of Forestry-University of Arkansas, Biologist-Oklahoma Dept of Wildlife to consulting foresters and many more  and tours.  The topics cover best management practices, farm bill updates, goats as weed eaters, prescribed burning, native detrimental forest insects and natural reforestation and much more.  There will be Pro-logger/Master-logger certification course for those interested.

Continuing education credits will be offered.

Check out the following link for more information and to register:  http://4stateforestryonthegrow.org/agenda

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USDA Creates More Bird Habitat Opportunities on Irrigated Farmland http://internationalforest.co/news/usda-creates-more-bird-habitat-opportunities-on-irrigated-farmland/ http://internationalforest.co/news/usda-creates-more-bird-habitat-opportunities-on-irrigated-farmland/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:04:50 +0000 http://internationalforest.co/news/?p=128 USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) has announced the creation of new features to help restore habitats for upland bird populations, such as but not limited to the northern bobwhite, pheasant, and prairie chicken.  The new policy focuses on farmland with center-pivot irrigation system where there are patches beyond the reach of the pivot, called pivot corners.  Prior policy was these corners were only eligible if these areas were connected by a linear strip of grassland.  Now the new policy allows producers interested in habitat creation to use disconnected pivot corners to help increase the population of upland birds so such species as the mourning dove, wild turkey, several sparrows, meadowlark, bobolinks and others could benefit.  Planting of native warm-season grass, legumes, wildflowers, forbs, and tree plantings are some of the species to be used as specified in the program participant’s approved USDA conservation plan.

For more information contact your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) in your area or visit   www.fsa.usda.gov/conservation

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Genetic gain in forest seedlings http://internationalforest.co/news/genetic-gain-in-forest-seedlings/ http://internationalforest.co/news/genetic-gain-in-forest-seedlings/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:32:40 +0000 http://internationalforest.co/news/?p=113 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 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.

800-633-4506

 

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Forestry Productivity Program (FPP) for Louisiana http://internationalforest.co/news/forestry-productivity-program-fpp-for-louisiana/ http://internationalforest.co/news/forestry-productivity-program-fpp-for-louisiana/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:29:37 +0000 http://internationalforest.co/news/?p=110 The Forestry Productivity Program (FPP) provides financial assistance to eligible landowners for establishing and improving a crop of trees.  FPP assistance is available to landowners in all Louisiana parishes who own a minimum of five (5) contiguous acres suitable for growing commercially valuable timber species.  Applications are accepted on a first-come , first-served basis.

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

 

LA Districts

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Growing Pines in Changing Times http://internationalforest.co/news/growing-pines-in-changing-times/ http://internationalforest.co/news/growing-pines-in-changing-times/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:13:17 +0000 http://internationalforest.co/news/?p=100 Save the Date: April 21, 2015 9 AM-5 PM
GA UGA Conference Center, Tifton, GA
Workshop Topics:
Highlight new science & technology developments
Equip growers and managers with knowledge to reduce risk & increase profits under uncertain climate scenarios
Understanding climate variability & potential implications
Site productivity update and new seedling selection guidlines
Density management/insect and disease control
For more information contact: Leslie Boby    lboby@sref.info

Registration fee: $50.00 (includes lunch)

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Texas Leaf-Cutting Ant http://internationalforest.co/news/texas-leaf-cutting-ant/ http://internationalforest.co/news/texas-leaf-cutting-ant/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 13:53:04 +0000 http://internationalforest.co/news/?p=93 The Texas Leaf-Cutting Ant  also known as town ant, parasol ant or cut ant has become a serious pest.  The Texas A & M Forest Service has information on this pest and on control methods.  Please click on the following link and read more about the Leaf-Cutting Ant:

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

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Using Imazapyr for Pine Seedling Chemical Site Prep http://internationalforest.co/news/using-imazapyr-for-pine-seedling-chemical-site-prep/ http://internationalforest.co/news/using-imazapyr-for-pine-seedling-chemical-site-prep/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 18:53:48 +0000 http://internationalforest.co/news/?p=62 Working closely with the University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation and The University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources IFCO has been able to provide you with information concerning the use of Imazapyr for chemical site preparation in the southern pine establishments.

We hope you will find this information informative and as always if you have questions please call us at 800-633-4506 or email us.

Imazapyr Site Prep

Timeline for Herbicide Site Prep Treatment

Table 1: 2 lb. acid equivalent:

PLANTING DATE HERBICIDE SITE PREP TREATMENT DATE**
May-June July-August September October
Herbicide product rates per acre*
Loblolly Pine
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**
May-June July-August September October
Herbicide product rates per acre*
Loblolly Pine
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.
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Effects of Soil Problems http://internationalforest.co/news/effects-of-soil-problems/ http://internationalforest.co/news/effects-of-soil-problems/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 18:37:42 +0000 http://internationalforest.co/news/?p=53 Phosphorous-soil-deficiency (1)

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:

  1. Somewhat poorly to very poorly drained, wet savannah soils
  2. Somewhat poorly to very poorly drained Flatwoods spodosols
  3. Citronelle and associated terraces well drained heavy soils

 

Visit  http://www.forestproductivity.net/fertilization  for more information.

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Cost Share & Incentive Programs http://internationalforest.co/news/cost-share-incentive-programs/ http://internationalforest.co/news/cost-share-incentive-programs/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:59:38 +0000 http://internationalforest.co/news/?p=34 Listed below are just some of the cost share and incentive programs offered by various agencies. Contact your local FSA (Farm Service Agency), NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service), Forestry Commissions and other organizations 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

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The Benefits of Genetic Diversity for IFCO http://internationalforest.co/news/the-benefits-of-genetic-diversity-for-ifco/ http://internationalforest.co/news/the-benefits-of-genetic-diversity-for-ifco/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:55:57 +0000 http://internationalforest.co/news/?p=32 By Jim Tule¹

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?

  • Genetic diversity separates species
  • Genetic diversity makes individuals within a species different, even when the effects of the environment are constant
  • Genetic diversity within a species exists between geographic regions, stands within regions and trees within stands

Why is Genetic Diversity Important?

  • Genetic diversity is important to the health of a species
  • Genetic diversity allows a species to adapt to change in the environment
  • Loblolly pine is one of the widest-ranging and most economically important conifers in the Southern United States, harvested for both pulpwood and solid wood products
  • Loblolly pine is not threatened or endangered, because new stands are planted or naturally regenerated on millions of acres each year
  • Conserving genetic diversity is an important aspect of sound species management

How do Tree Improvement Programs Affect Genetic Diversity?

  • Genetic diversity is the raw material for tree improvement programs
  • Tree improvement programs work with a sample of the genetic variability present in the natural population
  • Breeding populations are managed to enhance variation, which can result in genetic combinations not seen in the natural population
  • Breed populations are often subdivided. This avoids inbreeding in the production populations and ensures a high level of genetic diversity in the breeding population
  • Tree improvement programs are careful not to rely on only one or a few genotypes

 

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.

 

References:  Byram, T.D., Lowe, W.J. and Gooding, G.D. 1999. Western Gulf Tree Improvement Program Gene Conservation Plan for Loblolly Pine. Forest Genetic Resources No. 27.
Weir, R.J. 1996. The Impact of Genetics on Forest Productivity. Alabama’s Treasured Forests, Spring 1996; p 19-21.
Western Gulf Tree Improvement Program. Tree Improvement and Genetic Diversity in Loblolly Pine. Texas Forest Service, Circular 300.
1. IFCO Facility Manager, International Forest Company, 23194 Hwy. 111, DeRidder, LA 70634
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Four-State Forestry On The Grow Conference

April 29 – May 2, 2015   Four-State “Forestry On The Grow” Conference–Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma & Arkansas Where:  Mary Herron Conference Center, 812 E. Lincoln Rd., Idabel, OK  74745   580-286-3616 A host of speakers and topics ranging from private landowners, Assistant Professor of Forestry-University of Arkansas, Biologist-Oklahoma Dept of Wildlife to consulting foresters and […]

April 1, 2015 by IFCO

USDA Creates More Bird Habitat Opportunities on Irrigated Farmland

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) has announced the creation of new features to help restore habitats for upland bird populations, such as but not limited to the northern bobwhite, pheasant, and prairie chicken.  The new policy focuses on farmland with center-pivot irrigation system where there are patches beyond the […]

March 11, 2015 by IFCO

Genetic gain in forest seedlings

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 […]

February 25, 2015 by IFCO

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