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Is planting pine trees on idle fields a good investment?

Economic analysis has shown that returns on investment when planting pines on old fields will generate REAL rates of return between 10 and 17 percent, depending on site quality. Yes, planting pines on old fields is an excellent investment for landowners.

 


 

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Green cypress tree rows in a field.
Filed Under: Agri-tourism, Christmas Trees November 15, 2019

Mississippians pondering ideas for a side business could consider investing in land and planting stem cuttings of Leyland and Murray cypress trees.

Countless trees of various sizes with the sun breaking through the canopy in spots.
Filed Under: Forest Management May 31, 2019

STARKVILLE, Miss. --  There are major differences between hardwood management and pine management, but they have one goal in common: Landowner objectives should drive the course of action.

Sun shines down through rows of young pine trees, each about 10 inches in diameter, with minimal greenery visible.
Filed Under: Forest Management May 17, 2019

Since the downfall of the housing market in 2007 and the subsequent recession, stumpage prices have fallen for every sector of the pine forestry market for pulpwood, chip-and-saw and sawtimber.

A man wearing a hat holds a pocketknife in his hand as he looks closely at a tree trunk.
Filed Under: Insects-Crop Pests, Insects-Pests, Forest Pests April 16, 2019

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi is one of just two states east of the Mississippi River not infested with emerald ash borers, and landscapes need everyone’s help to keep it that way.

Blake Layton, Mississippi State University Extension Service entomologist, said the emerald ash borer -- or EAB -- is an invasive, nonnative pest that has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in the eastern U.S. Fairly expensive, annual treatments can protect high-value landscape trees, but they have to be applied preventatively.

Filed Under: Forestry, Forest Management, Beginning Forestry, Timber Harvest January 31, 2019

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service invites private landowners to a workshop to learn about the benefits prescribed burns provide for wildlife habitat.

The prescribed burning workshop will be held at the Black Prairie Wildlife Management Area in Crawford, Mississippi, on Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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