If you are buying ‘timberland’ you should understand Site Index. It is a number representing soil productivity related to growing trees. For example, a farmer needs to know how many bushels of corn he can grow on an acre of land. Likewise a timberland owner needs to know how productive the property might be. If a buyer is comparing 2 tracts of land, he might be well advised to buy the tract with the highest site index. Site index is a term used in forestry to describe the potential for forest trees to grow at a particular location or “site.” Site Index curves can be used to estimate the site index by taking actual measurement in the field.
Also most of this info is available on-line. The NRCS office has a great website so you can easily access info off the web. The site looks like this…
As an example, I used a tract of land that I personally own. One of the following pictures shows the actual soil types. The other picture shows the soils and the site index associated with that particular soil.
It is not necessary that you become a soil scientist but why not take advantage of all the great info available to you on the internet!!!!!
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