Average contents of N, P, K, Ca, and Na and total above ground dry matter were determined in 19-year-old unthinned loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) plantations in southeastern Arkansas. Three stands were sampled on each of four sites: well and poorly drained coastal plain soils and well and poorly drained loessial soils. Total dry weights, determined from 15 felled trees on each of the 12 plots, ranged from 127,000 kg/ha on poorly drained loessial soil to 173,300 kg/ha on poorly drained coastal plain soil. Ranking of sites, in descending order of production of dry matter, P, K, and Na was: coastal plain poorly drained, coastal plain well drained, loess well drained, and loess poorly drained. Quantity of Ca in stemwood and stembark was 36% higher on well than poorly drained soils; P was 30% higher on coastal plain than loess soils. Results permit calculation of nutrient drain in timber harvests. Bark in 19-year-old plantations contained 44, 44, 25, and 50% of total N, P, K, and Ca in the stems.
Ku, Timothy T. and Burton, James D.
"Dry Matter and Minerals in Loblolly Pine Plantation on Four Arkansas Soils,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 27
, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol27/iss1/8