Rhodes Research and Demonstration Farm

Forage and Tree Experiment (FATE)

Authors: Carl Mize (Iowa State University) , Joseph P. Colletti (Iowa State University) , Patricia Negreros-Castillo (Iowa State University) , E. Charles Brummer (Iowa State University) , Kathleen Delate (Iowa State University)

  • Forage and Tree Experiment (FATE)

    Rhodes Research and Demonstration Farm

    Forage and Tree Experiment (FATE)

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Trees are becoming an increasingly important component of the Iowa landscape. For tree plantings to be more common in Iowa two major problems related to establishment must be overcome: (1) intense weed competition and (2) a lack of market or non-market values for several years for newly planted trees. To develop information that addresses these problems, a research project was initiated during the spring of 1998 at the ISU Rhodes Research Farm. The objectives of the project are: (i) to evaluate the influence of seven weed control treatments [four small grain/forage crop combinations (oats and red fescue; oats, red fescue, and red clover; and oats, orchardgrass, and red clover; red clover and hairy vetch), one herbicide treatment (conventional mix of preemergents with additional control from RoundUp), mowing, and no treatment] on the survival and growth of two groups of tree species (fast-growing hardwoods [two poplar clones and silver maple] and highvalue hardwoods [red oak and black walnut as seedlings and from seed]); (ii) to evaluate the influence of seedlings of the tree species on the productivity of small grain/forage crop combinations, and (iii) to determine the cost effectiveness of planting trees with different weed control techniques.

Keywords: Forestry, Horticulture, Agronomy

How to Cite:

Mize, C., Colletti, J. P., Negreros-Castillo, P., Brummer, E. C. & Delate, K., (2001) “Forage and Tree Experiment (FATE)”, Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms Progress Reports 2000(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2001
Peer Reviewed