Fertilizers are applied to over a million acres of forestland annually. Some trees, particularly slash and loblolly pines, can respond dramatically to proper fertilization. Response is best when other intensive management practices are being applied and on nutrient deficient sites. Knowledge of your soil type and soil conditions, combined with a soil test to determine the site’s soil fertility status, will help identify sites and stands that will respond to specific fertilizers.

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A Guide to Southern Pine Products and General Specifications
E. David Dickens, Ben Jackson, Julian Beckwith, David J. Moorhead, Bryan C. McElvany, and Alex Clark III

Non-industrial private forest landowners (NIPFL) have encountered reduced product marketability and increased price uncertainty since late-1997 in the Southeastern United States (Dickens and others 2001) for Southern Yellow Pine (SYP) timber. The five principle southern pine species growing in Georgia are longleaf (Pinus palustris, Mill.), shortleaf (Pinus echinata, Mill.), loblolly (Pinus taeda L.), slash (Pinus elliottii, Engelm.) and Virginia (Pinus virginiana, Mill.). Recent stumpage prices for pine pulpwood in Georgia are down over 50% from an historic high in 1997 (TMS 2004,
Figure 1), which has forest landowners concerned about the future value of growing pulpwood on short rotations. However, many Georgia landowners realize the benefits of growing loblolly, longleaf, and slash pine on longer rotations to produce higher-valued products such as Chip-N-Saw, sawtimber, ply logs, and poles (Dangerfield and Moorhead 1997).