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Soil Properties Related to the Growth and Yield of Slash Pine Plantations in Florida1


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  1. Vol. 19 No. 1, p. 84-85
    Received: June 12, 1954

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  1. C. W. Ralston and
  2. R. L. Barnes2



This study was initiated to explore the possibility of correlating mappable soil characteristics with the growth and yield of slash pine plantations in Florida. Concomitant tree measurements and soil samples were taken in 269 planted stands of slash pine in Florida. The relationships between the height and age of the dominant stand and 12 soil variables were analyzed by multiple regression methods. Functions of two soil characteristics, the depth to a zone of mottling and the depth to a fine-textured horizon, showed a high degree of correlation with height growth. Field determinations of the soil properties cited above may be used to estimate the yield capabilities of slash pine planting sites.

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