These seedlings come from a labor-intensive practice that involves isolating female flowers prior to maturation to ensure the
paternal DNA of the offspring. When the flowers are receptive, pollen from a known parent is injected into the bag. Essentially,
after the controlled pollination has taken
place, we will have seed with known parents.
The testing on these seedlings has proven to
be more accurate in rating growth potential.
Even though the pollination is controlled, we
still have considerable diversity within this
seed lot. Our tree improvement personnel
were able to cross several families this year
and we will combine these into one seed lot.
The outcome will be a 90 percent gain above