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College of Natural Resources

Think and Do The Extraordinary Support the College
Think and Do The Extraordinary Support the College

Jeff Owen

Area Extension Forestry Specialist

Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

828-684-3562

Area(s) of Expertise

Christmas Tree Genetics

Responsibilities

Extension (100%): Christmas Tree Production

  • Providing support to North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Agents with Christmas tree responsibilities.
  • Increasing the understanding of Christmas tree fertility and the ability to develop site-specific fertility prescriptions through educational opportunities.
  • Maximizing the effectiveness of Christmas tree businesses, through strategic planning, business management education, and development of the “Greenwise” curriculum.
  • Fostering the implementation of sustainable production by demonstrating best management practices (BMP’s), tailored to the location and by encouraging a holistic approach to solving production problems.

Projects

  • Evaluating alternative strip-tillage practices as part of site preparation for Fraser fir Christmas trees.
  • Evaluating Fraser fir phytotoxicity and weed suppression of low rates of post-emergent herbicides.
  • Evaluating the ability of alternative foliar-applied micronutrients to correct deficiency symptoms in Fraser fir.
  • Developing a curriculum for farm business management that provides a process of strategic planning and a foundation in the five functions of management.
  • Developing commercial scout training. (with┬áJill Sidebottom)

Links

Extension Forestry

Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center