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the end of May 2011. Changes in time of production were estimated by comparing actual sales of the experimental crop with sales from the nursery’s historical record. Nursery personnel controlled irrigation in the remaining five bays of the greenhouse

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scarce. Therefore, the objectives of this project were to determine the composition of microbial communities in a typical pine bark soilless substrate during the nursery crop production cycle, assess the impacts of the substitution of peat with compost

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Soil fumigation with methyl bromide (MB) has commonly been used before planting open-field perennial crop nurseries to meet grower expectations and government regulations designed to ensure high-quality planting stock for domestic and international

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( Schrader et al., 2013a ). In general, biocontainers designed for short-term crops such as vegetables, herbs, and seasonal flowering plants must last a few months, whereas nursery containers must last from one to three years and usually are not quickly

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To meet growing consumer demand for nursery crops in North America, container nursery crop production has intensified over the last 30 years ( Davidson et al., 1988 ; Statistics Canada, 2013 ; U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2006 ). Container

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interest in water capture and reuse in nurseries Container nursery production is one of the most intensive agricultural systems in terms of resource inputs. Nurseries produce high-value specialty crops within a relatively short period. To produce marketable

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Phosphorus (P) is an essential plant mineral nutrient, and soilless substrates used for container-based nursery production contain insufficient P levels for crop requirements ( Yeager and Wright 1982a ). Thus, P fertilization is necessary to

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materials evaluated in recent decades. Successful growth of woody nursery crops in wood substrates have been reported using several wood materials, including cedar chips ( Brown and Emino, 1981 ), pruning and forest residue wastes ( Riviere and Milhau, 1983

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to progressive nursery crop producers (Bob Binkley, CEO, NatureWorks Organics, Advance, NC, personal communication). Benefits to growers include greater plant growth and flower production ( Arancon et al., 2008 ; Hidalgo and Harkess, 2002 ), improved

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