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The Phosphate and Potash Starvation of Forest Seedlings as a Result of the Shallow Application of Organic Matter

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Shallow applications of organic matter to nursery soil have always been considered objectionable because such a practice leads to the production of planting stock with superficial root systems consisting entirely of laterals. The present study has indicated even more serious detrimental effects of top dressings. The arresting of the downward extension of the root systems upsets the balance of nutrition as the seedlings are deprived of important nutrients, mainly phosphate and potash, at present at greater depth. Alternate disking and plowing, or rototilling are recommended to prevent this condition.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Wisconsin Conservation Department

Publication date: April 1, 1939

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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