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  1. Vol. 38 No. 4, p. 676-678
    Received: Dec 14, 1973



Difficult Eroded Planting Sites in North Mississippi Evaluated by Discriminant Analysis1

  1. Paul D. Duffy and
  2. D. C. McClurkin2



A discriminant analysis of physical and chemical characteristics of the upper 23 cm of the soil was computed for 24 sites where bar-planted loblolly pines (Pinus taeda L.) had failed and at 15 successful plantations near the fail sites. Screening of 17 soil properties indicated that bulk density is the best variable for classifying sites. A function based only on bulk density correctly classified 74% of the sites as fail or success, regardless of microrelief. On sites where bulk density equaled or exceeded 1.45 g/cm3 bar planting was predicted to fail. Information on a site's proximity to the rim or bottom of a deep gully improved accuracy of classification. Since other soil properties differed relatively little between success and fail sites, results suggest that high bulk density substantially contributed to pine mortality, either through physical impedance of root growth or poor aeration or by interference with proper planting.

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