Tennessee Christmas Tree Production Manual PB 1854

Tennessee Christmas Tree Production Manual PB 1854

52 Pages · 2017 · 3.38 MB · English

Christmas tree production in Tennessee led to the success of many farms and helped the industry expand. Christmas Tree Growers Association with a special thank you to Joe Steiner who provided his farm .. -and-cut farms sell 80 percent or more of their trees during the first two weeks of sales.

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1 Tennessee Christmas Tree Production Manual Tennessee Christmas Tree Production Manual 2 Tennessee Christmas Tree Production Manual Contributing Authors Alan B Galloway Area Farm Management Specialist [email protected] Megan Bruch Leffew Marketing Specialist [email protected] Dr David Mercker Extension Forestry Specialist [email protected] Foreword The authors are indebted to the author of the original Production of Christmas Trees in Tennessee (Bulletin 641, 1984) manual by Dr Eyvind Thor :is efforts in promoting and educating growers about Christmas tree production in Tennessee led to the success of many farms and helped the industry expand This publication builds on the base of information from the original manual The authors appreciate the encouragement, input and guidance from the members of the Tennessee Christmas Tree Growers Association with a special thank you to Hoe Steiner who provided his farm schedule as a guide for Chapter 6 The development and printing of this manual were made possible in part by a USDA specialty crop block grant administered through the Tennessee Department of Agriculture The authors thank the peer review team of Dr Margarita Velandia, Dr Wayne Clatterbuck and Kevin Ferguson for their keen eyes and great suggestions While this manual is directed more toward new or potential choose and cut growers, it should provide useful information for growers of all experience levels and farm sizes Parts of the information presented will become outdated =t is recommended that prospective growers seek additional information from their local University of Tennessee Extension office and from other Christmas tree growers Tennessee Christmas Tree Production Manual 3 Contents Chapter 1: Beginning the Planning 5 Timely Labor and Management Required 5 Location 5 Size of Operation 6 Layout 6 Grower Survey 7 Chapter 2: Site Selection 8 Soil 8 Climate and Microclimate 9 Existing Vegetation 9 Farm Access, Layout and Utility Needs 9 Proximity to Markets 10 Chapter 3: Site Preparation 10 Chapter 4: Planting 11 Seedlings and Transplants 11 General Planting Observations 11 Dibble or OST Bar Use 12 Auger Use 12 Replanting 12 Chapter 5: Species Selection 13 Pine 13 Fir 15 Spruce 16 Cypress 16 Other Species 18 Chapter 6: Tree Farm Schedule of Activities 18 Chapter 7: Insects, Diseases and Weeds 20 =nsect Control 20 Disease Control 23 Weed Control 25 Chapter 8: Shearing 26 Shearing Basics 26 Shearing Equipment 29 Basal Pruning 29 4 Tennessee Christmas Tree Production Manual Chapter 9: Marketing 30 Marketing Fundamentals 30 Christmas Tree Farm Marketing Strategies 31 Additional Resources 35 Summary 36 Chapter 10: Equipment Needs 36 Chapter 11: Economics of Production 38 Chapter 12: Records, Taxes and Insurance 46 =ncome Tax 46 Sales Tax 47 =nsurance and Risk Management 47 Chapter 13: Grower Tips 48 Planting and Growing Tips 48 Shearing Tips 49 Marketing Tips 49 Tennessee Christmas Tree Production Manual 5 Chapter 1: Beginning the Planning Growing and selling Christmas trees can be an

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