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The Productivity and Profitability of Fiber Farming

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Standard site preparation for pine plantations in south Georgia was combined with fertilization, bedding, and herbicide treatments. These intensified silvicultural practices can boost volume by 128 percent and the rate of return by 12 percent. Combining the growth-and-yield data with a forest-level analytic framework shows the cost structure of timber production and its intra- and inter-regime changes. The high yields possible from fiber farming could allow changes in land use, from timber production to other uses, while maintaining supplies of low-cost fiber.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Coordinator, Timber Mart-South, Athens, Georgia

Publication date: 1998-11-01

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