Pine Management

Longleaf Pine in Mississippi

There Could Be a "Pot of Gold" on Your Land

Thinning Young Pine Plantations

Thinning of young pine plantations is the single most important management activity a forest landowner can do to his plantation. The goal of thinning is not to maximize current income from low value pulpwood, but rather to prepare it for producing higher value sawlogs in the future. Thinning must be done at the proper time and in the proper way in order to maximize both future value and health of the plantation. Below are some links from Mississippi State University and N.C. State University concerning pine thinning. If you have more questions, feel free to contact Dr. Andy Londo, Extension Silviculture Specialist.

Are My Pine Trees Ready to Thin?

Prescribed Burning

When Will a Prescribed Burn Help My Pine Stand?

Prescribed Burning in Southern Pine Forests: Fire Ecology, Techniques, and Uses for Wildlife Management

Fertilization

Forest fertilization is a relatively easy way for landowners to boost productivity of their forestland. However, not all land needs to be fertilized. Determining if you need to fertilize, when and how much to use are important questions which need to be answered before fertilizing your forestland.

Growth and Yield

Pine Timber Volume-To-Weight Conversions

Timber Stand Improvement

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News

Man examining a pine tree for evidence of beetles
Filed Under: Trees, Forest Management, Forest Pests September 7, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi is having a breakout of tiny beetles that use pheromones to gather sufficient numbers of reinforcements to overwhelm healthy trees.

Current Mississippi Forestry Commission flyovers indicate nearly 5,000 separate Southern pine bark beetle outbreaks across the state. Outbreaks can range from just a few trees to more than an acre of infested and dying pines.

Outbreaks are especially bad on national forestland, but homeowners and private landowners are also experiencing the problem.

The tiny redbay ambrosia beetle was first found in the U.S. in 2002. It carries a fungus that is devastating to any tree or shrub species in the laurel family. (Photo by Mississippi Entomological Museum/Joe A. MacGown)
Filed Under: Forestry, Forest Pests June 26, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- It may have taken only one beetle and the fungus it carried to kill one-third of the nation’s redbay trees, according to scientists at Mississippi State University and the University of Florida.

Laurel wilt is a devastating disease of any tree or shrub species in the laurel family. The redbay ambrosia beetle, introduced from Asia into Georgia in 2002, carries the deadly fungus.

Filed Under: Natural Resources, Forest Economics, Forest Management, Timber Harvest April 13, 2017

RAYMOND, Miss. -- New landowners can learn about managing timberland for profit during a five-part short course in May.

Forestland as an Investment will be offered May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at the Mississippi State University Extension Service office in Forrest County. It starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. each night. The Extension office is located at 952 Sullivan Drive in Hattiesburg.

Recent drought conditions have not kept Swedenburg’s Christmas Tree Farm in Columbus, Mississippi, from having a solid production year. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)
Filed Under: Christmas Trees November 11, 2016

SAUCIER, Miss. -- Larry Haley has no problem selling his Christmas trees each November.

In fact, he has to set a limit on how many he can spare and stop once he reaches that number to maintain a steady inventory. His target this year is about 300 choose-and-cut trees before Thanksgiving.

"A couple of years ago, I got in trouble because I sold too many in one season and almost depleted the next year's stock," he said. "Last year, we started holding fields back for a season so that doesn’t happen again."

Expect to pay anywhere from $7 to $10 per foot for a choose-and-cut Christmas tree this year. (File photo by MSU Extension/Kat Lawrence)
Filed Under: Christmas Trees November 13, 2015

SAUCIER, Miss. -- Christmas tree growers in Mississippi expect a 7 percent increase in sales this year, but unfavorable spring and fall weather may hurt future supplies.

Stephen Dicke, a forestry professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said growers successfully controlled insect and disease problems this year. However, a wet spring followed by a dry summer and early fall caused some growers to lose up to half of their 1-year-old trees.

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