Monroeville Agricultural Research Unit

For decades after it was established in 1929, the Monroeville Agricultural Research Unit focused on row crops. But in 2002, the entire unit was planted into longleaf pine seedlings, with all 80 acres in research plots. Research at the MARU focuses on establishment and management of the pines.

Current Research Update

Primary research focuses on longleaf pine establishment and management, including herbicide screening for weed control, tree survival, the effect of dormant-season burns and growing-season burn on the removal of lower limbs to improve long-term log/lumber quality, and plant densities and their effect on tree growth and pine straw production.