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Forage yield increased by clearcutting and site preparationAuthor(s): John J. Stransky; Lowell K. Halls
Source: Proc. Ann. Coni. S.E. Assoc. Fish & Wildl. Agencies 32: 38-41
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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DescriptionTotal forage yield (TFY) on a pine-hardwood forest site in east Texas was sampled before and 1 growing season after clearcutting (1972 and 1973), also 1 and 3 growing seasons after planting site preparation by burning, choping, or KG blading (1974 and 1976). Total forage yield was only 359 ka/ha in the uncut forest, but 2217 kg/ha after clearcutting. On control plots (no site preparation), TFY peaked in the first growing season after clearcutting with 2917 kg/ha, but by 1976 decreased to 1983 kg/ha. On burned plots, TFY peaked the first growing season after burning (3540 kg/ha) and remained steady till 1976. On chopped plots, TFY rose from 3053 kg/ha in 1974 to 3619 by 1976, and on KG-bladed pltos from 2935 to 3774 kg/ha, because browse growth increased.
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CitationStransky, John J.; Halls, Lowell K. 1977. Forage yield increased by clearcutting and site preparation. Proc. Ann. Coni. S.E. Assoc. Fish & Wildl. Agencies 32: 38-41
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