Research article Soil factors that should influence allocations of land for forestry and agriculture
The paper is written from a forester's point of view, considering how better use can be made, in land-use decisions, of information provided by the soil scientist. The particular requirements for determining productivity under forest management are outlined, and illustrated by a recent New Zealand survey. The relevance of pedological data to decisions between forestry and agriculture as alternative means of primary production is considered on the basis of two sets of criteria: (a) The factors controlling crop productivity; (b) Those factors that affect the hidden or intangible costs of alternative forms of land management. Costs in the narrow sense are not detailed; nor is an economic evaluation of the alternatives presented.
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