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Costs of Growing Containerized Seedlings Using Different Schedules at Kingsclear, New Brunswick

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This study examines the relative costs of producing containerized black spruce seedlings under four production schedules, two of which are hypothetical. Using actual expenditure data for a three-crop per year schedule, the production costs for three, two-crop schedules (winter sowing dates of January 1, February 1, and March 1), were derived to examine the cost differences of postponing the sowing date of the winter crop. Average annual costs per thousand seedlings were at least $22 higher under a two-crop compared to a three-crop schedule. Among the two-crop schedules, a winter crop sowing on March 1st yielded the lowest overall cost, although annual savings were no more than $1 per thousand. This minimal difference reflects the high cost of heating greenhouses in the winter, even when empty. North. J. Appl. For. 7:73-76, June 1990.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada, Point Claire, Quebec H9R 4Z7

Publication date: June 1, 1990

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