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Continuing Education at the Warnell School

Pine Straw Production - Stand Management and Economics - Statesboro, GA

Bulloch County Ag Center – Conference Room, 151 Langston Chapel Rd, Statesboro, GA

Date: Aug 16, 2011 08:00 PM to Aug 17, 2011 05:00 PM

Revenues for pine straw paid to forest landowners in Georgia have increased from an estimated $15.5 million in 1999, to $25 million in 2003, $50 million in 2007, and $80 million in 2008 and 2009. During the period from 1999 through 2009 stumpage revenues in Georgia have declined by roughly 45%. Many forest landowners and land managers are interested in managing their loblolly, longleaf, or slash pine stands for pine straw. This course will provide information necessary to effectively manage pine stands for pine straw.


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Participants will:

  • Learn about pine straw yields by species, site quality,  land-use history, and basal area. 
  • Review cut-over and old-field pine straw studies, as well as other factors that affect pine straw yields.
  • Learn how the effect of pine straw raking (semiannual, annual, periodic) relates to soil moisture status, nutrient cycling, and stand growth.
  • Learn the effect of fertilization on pine straw yields on  cut-over and old-field sites.
  • Learn how to use diagnostic tools and soils information  to determine fertilizer needs, herbicide use, and recommendations.
  • Learn how to control invasive exotic species. 
  • Learn management alternatives to moving a cut-over pine stand into pine straw production, hear about sequencing fertilizer and herbicide use, and discuss the economics of  pine straw in overall pine stand management.
How One Will Benefit

Upon completion of this course, a forest landowner or land manager will be able to make effective silvicultural and economical management decisions on managing loblolly, slash, and longleaf stands for pine straw.

Who Should Attend?

Foresters, land managers, forest landowners, pine straw contractors, and others interested in effectively managing their pine stand for pine straw.


Continuing Education Credits

12.5 Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) Hours - Category 1 (approved)
9.0 Continuing Logger Education (CLE) Hours - Environment (approved)
3.5 Continuing Logger Education (CLE) Hours - Business Management (approved)
4.0 Pesticide applicator credits  for Georgia and 3.0 for South Carolina (approved)

Course Instructor(s)

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If you have any questions please contact James T. Johnson at 706-308-6396 or

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