I have been traveling a great deal on assignment. That means that I get to tour nurseries everywhere. I also get an inside look at production.
Here's a truth some may not want to hear.
There are a LOT of young trees in the ground right now. I saw whips to 1 1/2" everywhere. The crop looks good. There is land being put into production that has been out for the last 5 years. Old overgrown trees are being removed by bulldozer. The land is being reclaimed and new stock is going in.
In Tennessee's McMinnville area which had been pronounced dead, is very much alive. And expanding.
And the quality is up a great deal. All this means that pressure on supply that kept product in shortage is about to change. We are about to see that old bugaboo surplus hit the fan again. Not for a year or two but that train is already on the track and moving.
So, do your best, keep up the narrative but be ready to move with the market as it moves. It will.
Bob Dylan just won the Nobel Price for Literature. Well deserved. I"m a fan. But he has a comment on the nursery stock shortage... "The times they are a changin"