What is the preferred spacing for Longleaf if straw production is planned?

I am about to harvest 40 acres and plan to plant longleaf next year. I am interested in straw production. I live in the Piedmont area of Alabama.

Dear Kevin,

Thank you for your question! We're glad to see you're helping the longleaf pine along. The USDA has a great guide to spacing and planting for longleaf pines here.

As a cautionary note where the straw is concerned, longleafs take a long time (3-8 years) to get any kind of serious height growth. I would recommend a wider spacing between the pines and any straw production, as the pines can be easily edged out in their earlier years. For your specific site it would be a good idea to check with your forester going forward.



Feel free to contact us at info@mylandplan.org