We have just cut these 40" long sweetgum bolts off of our property for the purpose of growing Shiitake Mushrooms. We made several trips to get enough sticks to grow the mushrooms. This is a project we just started. We inoculated the logs this past weekend with the spores and hope to be harvesting mushrooms in six to nine months.
Harvesting these sweetgum trees in a loblolly pine stand is just another way of "cutting down" on the competition in the loblolly stands, IPM "integrated pest management".
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