May 18th, 2015
We have finished another successful year of growing longleaf seedlings to reforest the fields and forests of the South. However, it was not without it’s challenges. We had a lot of rain last fall which delayed the planters, so many people were late getting their seedlings from us to plant. This caused us to be later in getting our new crop seeded, but we got it done! Nearly all our seed has sprouted and are looking very good. The temperatures this week are in the low 90’s. The seedlings like it but we could use cooler weather ourselves!
Last week I attended a workshop in Troy, NC for shortleaf pine. We are looking onto the possibility of growing some if the demand and market begins to grow. We will continue to investigate. While in NC, my wife and I stayed at the historic Star Bed & Breakfast located in Star, NC. It is a very unique B & B with a very gracious host. If you have the opportunity to be in the area, give Richard a call at the Star. There is much to see in the area and hopefully I can go back and enjoy some of it later.
We are taking orders now for our fall crop. Please download a contract from our website to secure your trees as soon as possible. You do not want to miss getting some the of best longleaf pine seedling around!
April 21st, 2015
2015 Customer Terms Updated April 27, 2015
Please read our terms for the 2015 – 2016 crop year. Thank you for your continued support.
March 22nd, 2015
We have reached the end of another successful seedling year. Thanks to all our customers who purchased and planted Whitfield Farms & Nursery seedlings. We hope you will come back for all your longleaf pine seedlings needs. Let your friends and neighbors know about us as well. We appreciate all the good words we can get!
We are now getting ready to seed our trays for the 2015-2016 crop of longleaf. However the winter and spring rains has caused a delay in everything. We are thankful for the rain but we need about three weeks of good old sunshine. We are sure the sun will shine and we expect to have a great crop this fall.
Please take notice of a few changes in our sales terms this year. We are adjusting the amount of seedlings we will have available, and thus are requiring a contract and deposit from every customer. Please get your order in early. We also have a new pricing structure and some customers may see an increase in price. We wish we could hold the prices the same for ever but unfortunately our suppliers have not hesitated to increase the price for their materials. Our prices have remained largely unchanged for three years and we feel the increase in necessary so that we can keep offering top quality containerized longleaf seedlings in years to come!
January 8th, 2015
It was a chilly 19 degrees here at the nursery this morning. The crew loaded trays into the shed last night where the heaters kept them from freezing. Today they will pull these seedlings and box them for delivery. The cold weather does not stop the production but it slows us down a little. We need some moderate temps with sunny days so the planters can get these seedlings in the fields. Too much rain has been a problem for many since Christmas.
We have sold out all of our seedlings for this year but may have some available for late needs. Please give us a call. If you are planting next year please get your order in early. In the next few weeks we will have a post on our production schedule and explain the process.
We have not set prices for the 2015-2016 season but we should have some numbers ready by mid-March. Even though fuel prices are down our supply and other cost have gone up. We are looking at ways to cut cost instead of raising prices but it is a balancing act. Thank you for your business in the past and we look forward to serving all your pine seedlings needs in the future!
December 10th, 2014
The cooler weather along with much needed rain has caused a flurry of activity here at the nursery. We are busy processing seedlings for delivery to our customers. We are getting last minute calls for seedlings and so far have not turned anyone away, but we are almost sold out. That is a good thing! We hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!
November 16th, 2014
We have just returned from the Longleaf Alliance meeting in Mobile, AL and the South Carolina Forestry meeting in Hilton Head, SC and had a great time. Both meetings were well attended and each had great speakers. Again, it was good to talk with those in attendance as well as other nursery and forestry vendors.
We are starting to harvest some seedlings at the nursery but this year everyone is late because of a lack of moisture in the ground. We need rain so we can get them planted. Hopefully it will come in the next few weeks and we can get very busy pulling, packing and shipping. The seedlings are looking good and we are already making plans for the 2015-2016 year. Always thinking ahead!
October 10th, 2014
We will be attending the 2014 Longleaf Conference & Eastern Native Grass Symposium October 21 – 24 in Mobile Alabama. We will also be at the Mississippi Forestry Association’s annual meeting in Biloxi the same week. If you are at either place, please stop by our booth and visit.
October 10th, 2014
Cooler weather has arrived and has brought it’s own share of challenges. We are in the process of setting up for our pulling lines and lining up our employees to come and help in the harvest. Repairs are being made on equipment so that everything will go smoothly once we get underway. We are also finalizing seedling orders and are thankful for the last minute calls. We still have some seedlings available and will do all we can to meet any needs that may arise.
I failed to mention that Mr. Whitfield attended the Louisiana Forestry Association annual meeting last month. He and his wife had a great time meeting new people and getting the word out for our quality seedlings!
October 3rd, 2014
I just got back from beautiful Greensboro, NC where I attended the NC Forestry Association’s annual meeting. It was a very informative time and I learned a lot from talking with others and attending some of the sessions. The staff and organizers of the event really know how to get things done. The resort was grand (The Grandover Resort) and the food fantastic. I could have stayed all weekend but unfortunately my room was only paid up for two nights! The people I met and dined with each meal also added to my positive experience. Hopefully I represented Whitfield Farms and Nursery well and hope those who came by our booth will remember us when they are in need of pine seedlings.
August 27th, 2014
This week I am in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl for the annual convention. (Mr. Whitfield is in Louisiana at their convention.) It is shaping up to be a very informative and beneficial time. I have already met several other exhibitors ad other nursery representatives. It is good to come together for mutual purposes. That purpose is to provide top quality products for our customers. In our case it is containerized pine seedlings. If you are here this week, stop by our booth. We look forward to talking with you.