Soft Mast Production In Young Loblolly Plantations

Soft mast production was measured on lohlolly pine (Pinus taeda) plantations, ages 1 to 9 years, in Kemper County, Mississippi. A fertilized 6-year-old plantation, site prepared hy hedding, had the largest numher (6) of soft mast produce,'s. B1ackhelTY (Rubus argutus) production accounted for 91 percent of the total soft mast yield. B1ackherry and total soft mast production (93 kg/hal was significantly greater (P < 0.05) on a 5-year-old hedded plantation than on all othe,' plantations. Total fruit yield was greater on 6- and 7-year-old fertilized than on ,wn-fe"tilizl'd plantations.

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