Effects of Fertilization on Production and Quality of Japanese Honeysuckle
Authors: Dyess, John G.; Causey, M. Keith; Stribling, H. Lee; Lockaby, B. Graeme
Source: Southern Journal of Applied Forestry, Volume 18, Number 2, 1 May 1994 , pp. 68-71(4)
Publisher: Society of American Foresters
Abstract:Effects of fertilization on Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica Thunb.) for improving browse production and quality were studied using paired-comparisons T-tests. Treatment consisted of liming and fertilizing according to soil analysis recommendations. Samples were collected and analyzed in spring (June), autumn (September), and winter (December) for protein, fiber, digestible nutrients and selected minerals. Fertilization increased (P < 0.05) browse production in honeysuckle by an average of 2083 lb/ac in 1989 and 2064 lb/ac in 1990. Fertilization also increased (P < 0.05) crude protein content. Fertilization of selected patches of honeysuckle is a cost-effective alternative to cultivated food plots and would provide year-round, rather than only seasonal, browse for white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). South. J. Appl. For. 18(2):68-71.
Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: School of Forestry, Auburn University, AL 36849
Publication date: 1 May 1994
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