The Southern Region Nursery Production and Ornamental IPM blog is comprised of 22 Land-grant University horticulture faculty and/or Cooperative Extension specialists from 10 universities across the U.S. We have also partenered with the Center for Applied Nursery Research (www.canr.org); an applied research facility located in Dearing, GA. Our goal is to work together as a team to bring you the information you need in a timely manner and in an easy to digest format. The blog will cover many topics, all ornamental production related, with the majority having an overarching theme based in integrated pest management. Nearly all members of the blog team are part of the (SNIPM) working group; with members in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Texas and Tennessee; representing Entomology, Horticulture, and Plant Pathology. Detailed information and contact information for this working group, established in 2009, can be accessed here.
Why is this necessary?
Nursery crop production (both field and container) of ornamental trees and shrubs is an important sector of US agriculture, especially in the southeastern United States. Ornamental plants are the second most valuable crop in the United States with a market value of $14.7 billion in 2002 (USDA, 2002). More recent state agricultural statistics indicate that the nursery and greenhouse industry is valued at $889,693,000 in North Carolina and at $316,000,000 for nursery crops (excluding greenhouse crops) in Georgia. Additionally, nursery crops ranked 1st and 5th among crops for NC and GA, respectively. Collectively, nursery production in GA, KY, NC, SC, VA, TX and TN represent well over one billion dollars in farm gate values annually. Nurseries in these southeastern states employ tens of thousands of workers.
In a world of rapidly evolving technology, we cooperative extension personnel believe that we must reach beyond printed and digital publications in order to decrease the time it takes researchers and extension personnel to distribute vital information to growers. In agriculture (and business in general) information can be the difference between profits and losses. In an agriculture production system, such as ornamental production, that information needs to be delivered as quickly as possible. That is our goal and we hope to serve your needs quickly and thoroughly.