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New Zealand Tree Grower, November 2012

  • My trees have grown up – what should I do?
    Peter Gresham
    This article is aimed at foresters who are contemplating managing their own harvesting and marketing. It is not advice about how to proceed or when to sell, rather it is…
  • Increase profitability of harvesting - small-scale forests on steep terrain
    Keith Raymond
    There are many challenges facing the forest industry due to decisions taken in the past. In the 1980s and 1990s the plantation forests in New Zealand increased significantly. Many areas…
  • Preparation for harvesting
    Ken Stephens
    Quite a few years ago I was asked by a farm forester what the most important thing was when selling a woodlot. That really had me thinking for a while,…
  • The spike in harvest by woodlot owners - Coming sooner than you think
    Chris Goulding and Hamish Levack
    Most farm foresters and the non-corporate small-scale forest owners are now aware that there will soon be a rapid rise in the number of forest stands available for harvest at…
  • Once in a lifetime harvest of your woodlot
    Matt Hanna
    Forestry is a long-term crop that gives forest owners the luxury of timing the harvest. However unlike most other crops, once the harvest is complete there is no next season,…
  • Forest growers’ proposed commodity levy
    Ian Jackson
    A proposal to introduce a compulsory commodity levy on logs and other forest products at the time of harvest is expected to be voted on by forest growers during March…
  • Hawke’s Bay 2011 weather bomb
    Marie Taylor
    Coastal Hawke’s Bay is still suffering the effects of last years April storms. More than 600 mm of rain in only 48 hours in late April 2011 caused massive damage…
  • The importance of repeating the message
    Wink Sutton
    My article on page 42 on the sawing of Hull’s pruned radiata raises a very relevant point. Even though I was involved in the preparation of Fenton’s report on his 1962 sawmill…
  • Will Hull’s contribution to radiata pine plantation management
    Wink Sutton
    Farm forestry has made a considerable contribution to forestry research. When he was alive our founder, Neil Barr, contributed much. Another important contributor was Wairarapa’s Will Hull. To fully appreciate…
  • Propagating ground-durable eucalypts using cuttings from coppice
    Mike Menzies, Mike Dibley, Charlie Low and Ruth McConnochie
    The Future Forests Research Diversified Species Programme has a number of projects aimed at improving the supply of quality planting stock for growers. Species involved include redwoods, cypress, indigenous species…
  • Working group for a reliable non-declining timber yield
    Howard Moore and Hamish Levack
    The authors are members of a working group recently set up by the NZFFA to see what might be done to achieve a reliable, non-declining log supply from New Zealand’s…
  • Optimising chemical use in radiata nurseries
    Simeon Smaill and Katrin Walbert
    The establishment and growth of new radiata pine stands is strongly influenced by the quality of the seedling stock. Research by Mike Menzies and others of Scion relating seedling physiology…
  • Select Committee fails to fix ETS Amendment Bill
    Stuart Orme
    The Finance and Expenditure Select Committee released its report on the Climate Change Response Amendment Bill in mid-October. Disappointingly, it remained mainly unchanged from its first reading. The comments of…
  • President's Comment
    Ian Jackson
    As we move into the warmer months we seem to have been greeted with a cool wet season. The world economy is stumbling along, which is mirrored by the agricultural…

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