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Scrub Oak Control with Fenuron Pellets in the South Carolina Sandhills

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Abstract:

Satisfactory first year results on the control of scrub oaks (principally Turkey oaks) were obtained after a broadcast application of fenuron pellets on Sandhill sites. One-year old longleaf and slash pine seedlings were interplanted among the scrub oaks, and pellets were applied one month after planting. At rates of 30, 40, and 60 pounds per acre (by weight) applied to light sandy soils, no significant differences in the number of scrub oaks killed was observed. First year survival of longleaf and slash pines was 68 and 76 percent respectively, and both species exhibited good vigor with virtually no discoloration or after-treatment effects. On the basis of these exploratory trials, the use of dry, pelletized herbicides for area-wise and selective control of unwanted hardwoods appears promising. Additional studies on soil and site effects, minimum rates of application, prospects for aerial distribution, and climatic influences preceding and following pelletizing are currently under way.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Member of the Staff of the Department of Forestry, Clemson College, Clemson, S.C.

Publication date: March 1, 1963

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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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