Southern Nursery 2016 Annual Meeting

Start Date: July 18, 2016
End Date: July 21, 2016
Location: Lake Charles, LA

Monday July 18th

1:00 – 5:00pm  Registration Open

1:00 – 5:00  Auburn University Forest Nursery Management Cooperative Meeting

6:00 – 8:00  Social (with food)


Tuesday July 19th

6:00 – 8:00am  Breakfast Buffet

7:00 – 8:00  Late Registration

8:00 – 8:30  Welcome/Housekeeping

8:30 –  9:00  Vanessa Casanova, PhD Southwest Ag Center, Tyler TX Applied Research Manager “Why we should be concerned about safety”

9:00 – 10:00  Steve Grossnickle – Key note–Why Seedlings Survive: influence of plant attributes

10:00 – 10:10  Vendor Introductions

10:10 – 10:30  Break

10:30 – 11:00  Tom Byram “Genetic implications for seedling quality and performance.”

11:00 – 11:30  Phil Doughtery  “Nutritional priorities in early seedling growth”

11:30 – 12:00pm  David South “Should we, once again, lower the “optimal pH” range for bareroot seedlings?”

12:00 – 1:00  Lunch

1:00 – 1:30  Tim Schinke “What goes into a good artificial growing media

1:30 – 2:00  Alex Mangini “Protecting our seedlings in the first years after outplanting (Pine tip moth Regen weevils)”

2:00 – 2:30  Christian Brodbeck “The use of unmanned aerial vehicles, (drones) in agriculture”

2:30 –  2:40  Vendor Introductions

2:40 –  3:00  Break

3:00 – 3:45  Q&A Panel Discussion – Quality Seedlings  —  S. Grossnickel,  D. South,  Chase Weatherly, Arborgen, James West & Drew Hinnant, NCFS, Mike Coyle, IFCO

3:45 – 4:30  Heinz Reinstorf BCC  “Development of new and more advanced container systems for forest nurseries”


Wednesday July 20th

Field Trip

Visit Bareroot Nursery – Campbell Global – Jasper TX

Visit Container Nursery –  International Forest Company – Evans, LA


Thursday July 21st

6:00 – 7:30am  Breakfast Buffet

7:45 – 8:00  Review first 2 days and housekeeping

8:00 – 8:30  Dan Bremer “The challenges of using contract labor in 2016 –

8:30 – 9:00  Bob Karrfalt– New seed storage science and technology for better seed efficiency

9:00 – 9:30  Paul Jackson – Evaluation of longleaf pine fertilization treatments in the nursery nine years after outplanting

9:30 – 10:00  Panel Discussion – Seedling Quality – A perspective from planting contractors – Jerry Arter Superior Forestry, Cory Martin  & Charlie Pritchett, Pritchett Forestry

10:00 – 10:30  Break

10:30 – 11:15  Panel Discussion What can we do to improve our soil health?   3 nursery managers Suggestions? – (Doug Sharp, Doug Shelbourne , Gene Birckerstaff ArborGen Nursery mgr.)

11:15 – 12:00pm  Business Meeting

Registration Information
Registration Pricing:

The registration fee is $375 if received by July 6, 2016 or $425 if received after July 6, 2016. The registration fee includes one Social ticket, breakfasts, lunch, and breaks. The registration fee for Vendors is $650 and includes one registration to the event, Social ticket, breakfasts, lunch, and breaks. Checks should be made payable to Western Forestry and Conservation Association. Purchase orders, VISA/MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Tax id # 930-331-712.

Cancellations will be charged a 15% administrative fee. No refunds for cancellations after July 6, 2016, but substitutions are always welcome. To make a cancellation or substitution, please call or email Lisa at 503-226-4562 or Registration is available at

Lodging Information:

To make hotel reservations, everyone must call the hotel reservations department directly at 844-777-GOLD. To get the group rate, guests need to identify themselves as being with the 2016 SFNMC/SFNA Joint Contact Meeting. The web site for the Golden Nugget is

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