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Increased Uses for Wood on the Farm

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The author believes that chipped wood can aid agriculture in a number of ways. Research has determined that sawdust or shavings will improve soil structure and produce long-life humus, provide a good mulch, and make acceptable animal bedding or chicken litter. Portable wood chippers are now available for use by farmers. Costs, per ton use, of wood chips are less than the costs of material they could replace. The possibilities for the use of fragmented wood on farms offer a real challenge to foresters.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Chief, Regional Forestry Division, Soil Conservation Service, Upper Darby, Pa.

Publication date: September 1, 1950

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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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