Abstract

Visions of the future for container nursery irrigation were collected from twelve nursery irrigation scientists, growers and nursery organization leaders. The amount of water available for nursery irrigation unanimously is forecasted to decline over the next decade. Along with declining availability, the cost of water for irrigation is predicted to increase substantially for most nurseries. Limited availability, higher direct cost, and irrigation runoff issues are projected to compel the container nursery industry to adopt procedures and technology that will increase irrigation water use efficiency. Evidence in support of these prognoses, current solutions and suggested options are discussed.

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Supported by the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station and approved for publication as Journal Series No. R-09705.

2Associate Professor.

3Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences, M.S. 2133, College Station,TX 77843-2133.

4Professor, Dept. of Horticultural Science, Box 7609, N. C. State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7609

5Executive Vice President, Florida Nurserymen & Growers Association, 1533 Park Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32835.

6Horticultural Resource Manager, Wight Nursery/Monrovia Growers, PO Box 390, Cario, GA 39828-0390.

7Executive Director, Tampa Wholesale Growers Association, 1311 S. Parsons Ave., Seffner, FL 33584-4573.

8Associate Professor, Dept. of Natural Resource Sciences and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742.

9Associate Professor, Dept. of Horticulture, 301 Sanders Hall, Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24601.

10Vice President, Lake Brantley Plant Corp., 1931 W Lake Brantley Rd, Longwood, FL 32779.

11Assistant Professor, Horticulture and Crop Science, Howlett Hall, 2001 Fyffe Ct, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210-1096.

12Professor, University of Georgia, Dept. of Horticulture, Coastal Plain Station, PO Box 748, Tifton, GA 31794.

13Professor, Dept. Environmental Horticulture, 1545 Fifield Hall, PO Box 110670, IFAS, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611.