Loblolly tree seed collection system

Hallman, D.

Tree Planters' Notes 44(3): 101-104


Accession: 002886824

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A net retrieval tree seed collection system for loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) has been designed and built by Missoula Technology and Development Center engineers. The system combines polypropylene netting that covers the orchard floor to collect seeds, a self-powered retrieval mechanism that rolls and unrolls the netting, and a conveyor that delivers the seed to a separator where it is separated from pine straw and other material. The system can produce seed at a reduced cost while enhancing workers' safety.