Impact of Feller Bunchers and Plantation Spacing on Thinning

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Abstract:

There are articulated rubber-tired machines which can selectively thin plantations effectively, if the plantations are established with wide rows with little deviation. The best time to thin to ensure good treatment is planting time. Considering effects of planting on later intermediate thinning treatments provides a greater selection of prescriptions when thinning is undertaken. Machines for selective thinning can best be improved by increasing their maximum angles of left and right articulation. If these angles could be safely increased on existing machines, significantly more marked trees could be removed by articulated feller bunchers in almost all spacings.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State 39762

Publication date: May 1, 1985

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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