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  1. Vol. 25 No. 2, p. 135-138
    Received: Apr 18, 1960
    Accepted: July 22, 1960

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Soil Moisture Trends Following Thinning in Shortleaf Pine1

  1. D. G. McClurkin2



In 19-year-old shortleaf pine plantations in northern Mississippi, thinning markedly increased available soil moisture in the middle and latter part of the growing season. In the second year after thinning the moisture increase was associated with more rapid and more prolonged diameter growth. Regardless of the amount of moisture available, diameter growth rates decreased during periods of rapid soil moisture depletion.

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