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Productivity and Cost Changes in Southern Pulpwood Harvesting, 1979 to 1987

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Analyses of southern pine pulpwood harvesting systems indicate that substantial increases in productivity and decreases in per unit costs occurred from 1979 to 1987. Average shortwood harvesting production increased from 34 cords per week in 1979 to 42 cords per week in 1987; average longwood system productivity increased from 191 cords per week in 1979 to 227 cords per week in 1987. Estimated shortwood average costs were $45.50 per cord in 1979 and increased to $48.90 per cord in constant 1988 (real) dollars. Average real longwood harvesting costs decreased from $34.00 per cord in 1979 to $26.50 per cord in 1987. Most productivity improvements and average cost declines overall were attributable to increased use of longwood harvesting systems. South. J. Appl. For. 18(2):83-90.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: University of Florida, Department of Forestry, Gainesville, FL 32611

Publication date: 1994-05-01

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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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