The Cooperative understands the importance of seed orchard management research to increase the production of our primary commodity, genetically improved loblolly pine seed. Virtually all economic analyses show that the driving factor in determining the profitability of a tree improvement program is the cost-effective production of seeds and seedlings. Chemical insect control is still the most important cultural tool seed orchard managers have to maintain high seed production. Cooperators have supported efforts to test alternative chemicals and lower rates of chemicals to control various pests.
Presently, there is no specific project being conducted in this area. Please contact us if interested in discussing possible collaborations.