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What comparisons can be made between agriculture and forestry as it relates to vegetation management?

Category: Vegetation Management

In agriculture, the objective of vegetation management is to ensure that the plants have little or no competition during the entire growth cycle. In forestry, the objective is to temporarily suppress competition so that the planted trees can become well-established and can grow to their maximum potential. Once a tree plantation is established and growing, incoming vegetation returns to the site and is not as much of a concern.

This difference in vegetation management objectives in forestry and agriculture shows why forestry treats planted trees with herbicides only once or twice during a rotation, while agriculture treats crops regularly. Planted trees represent considerable investments, which must be protected through effective vegetation management. Herbicide treatments are currently the least costly and most effective tool for vegetation management and are the preferred method for tending most planted stands.