Phosphorus is an important plant nutrient for growing dairy forages. Unfortunately, many dairies have more phosphorus excreted and stored in manure than they can use during a crop year. Soils have the ability to store moderate over-applications of phosphorus for future crop production, but continued over-application can lead to losses of phosphorus to surface water.
Thinning is the term foresters apply to removal of some trees from a stand to give others more room (and resources) to grow. It is a tool for improving timber value, making sites more productive, and — perhaps most commonly — for keeping trees healthy. Learn when to thin and how much to cut, and learn why the answer may be "it depends."