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Forestry spraying

Posted on 5/28/24 at 10:38 am
Posted by turkish
Member since Aug 2016
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Posted on 5/28/24 at 10:38 am
Anybody have a current ballpark price to spray about 20 acres of sweetgum in an old pasture in SW MS (including or neglecting cost of the herbicide)? I think this spot could be done pretty easily with a skidder mounted rig and wouldn’t require a helicopter. It’s flat as can be. Just looking to reclaim it and potentially be able to burn in the future.
This post was edited on 5/28/24 at 10:39 am
Posted by TheDrunkenTigah
Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2011
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Posted on 5/28/24 at 11:14 am to
No idea what it would cost to get someone to come in and spray but I think most of them would recommend you cut first and spray the stumps, or would want $$ to hack and squirt. Sweetgum is a bitch and it may take multiple applications with foiliar application. We rented a skid steer with a cutter for $3K week to take out privet and it was able to get rid of up to 4” diameter, though a mulcher would have been faster. We then burned after it dried for a few weeks. Its now clean enough I can spray with the sxs and will in the fall when it re-emerges.
Posted by No Colors
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Posted on 5/28/24 at 11:34 am to
A lot depends on how tall it is. If it's just bushes less than 3 feet tall then you could get by with a tractor spraying with a boom nozzle. Other than that you will probably need a helicopter. And they charge a minimum of about $2500. So that's probably a good ballpark price, including chemical.

Basic Rx would be 12oz 53% Imazapyr, 2 qts 54% Glyphosate, 1 Oz Metsulfuron Methyl.

If the sweet gums are more than 30 feet tall then you will need to move that to 16oz of the Imazapyr.

If you want to plant back to pine trees add 3ozs sulfumeturon methyl to the mix as a herbaceous weed control that will carry through next growing season.
Posted by turkish
Member since Aug 2016
1824 posts
Posted on 5/28/24 at 11:41 am to
They’re in that <30 ft window now.
Posted by No Colors
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Posted on 5/28/24 at 11:46 am to
quote:

They’re in that <30 ft window now.


If they're between 3 and 30 feet then get a helicopter after them and be done with it. That Rx I posted will smoke it all down and then you can plant pines or roll everything down to convert back to pasture if that's your desire
Posted by turkish
Member since Aug 2016
1824 posts
Posted on 5/28/24 at 12:21 pm to
Why a chopper instead of a skidder mounted sprayer? Do the skidders not get high enough? Regardless, seems like I wasn’t too far off with my estimate of cost.
Posted by Bayou Ken
Member since Sep 2018
79 posts
Posted on 5/28/24 at 12:41 pm to
I am in the same situation. I have about 12-15 acres I need to have sprayed. I was quoted $2500-$3000. Best time to spray is early fall when sap is going down to the roots. If I can locate the information I’ll post the contact info
Posted by No Colors
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Posted on 5/28/24 at 1:17 pm to
quote:

Why a chopper instead of a skidder mounted sprayer?


If they're more than just bushes the helicopter will do a better job and probably the same price
Posted by turkish
Member since Aug 2016
1824 posts
Posted on 5/28/24 at 2:10 pm to
Thank you, sir! I’d heard they were surprisingly cost effective.
Posted by Tchefuncte Tiger
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Member since Oct 2004
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Posted on 5/28/24 at 8:04 pm to
Go through your state forestry office. You may be able to get a grant to do this. We did for our property, but the sprayed it with a helicopter.
This post was edited on 5/28/24 at 8:17 pm
Posted by Bayou Ken
Member since Sep 2018
79 posts
Posted on 5/28/24 at 8:17 pm to
Aerial Forestry Services
Frank Buchanan
601-310-0984
$2500 minimum to get helicopter there unless there is other work within 3 miles and $87.50/acre.
I’m about 8 miles SE of Pattison. Hope this helps.
Posted by Turnblad85
Member since Sep 2022
1380 posts
Posted on 5/28/24 at 9:06 pm to
Is one aerial spraying usually enough or do they sometimes have to come back for the stragglers if its very thick? Just wondering if its better to get it done when things are 3yo growth vs 6yo growth to prevent maybe having to pay for a second spraying.
Posted by mbuff
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Member since Aug 2023
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Posted on 5/28/24 at 9:26 pm to
Get somebody with a drone. They can do it alot cheaper than a plane or helicopter. 575-779-5108
Posted by turkish
Member since Aug 2016
1824 posts
Posted on 5/29/24 at 8:18 am to
Less than $100/acre??
Posted by No Colors
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Posted on 5/29/24 at 4:33 pm to
quote:

Is one aerial spraying usually enough or do they sometimes have to come back for the stragglers if its very thick?


One will get it. And if you can get a good burn on it 8-10 weeks after spraying, the fire ought to clean up any stragglers.

The spray/burn combination is the most cost effective way to clear up land. If this is a possibility for your situation it ends up being way more cost effective than any sort of dozer rake and pile, or roller chopping, etc.

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