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Radiata Pine

Members of the NZ Farm Forestry Association have been growing radiata pine for many decades and have valuable experience to share. We recommend you join NZFFA and the Forest Investors Action Group, get involved with your local NZFFA branch, and visit some local growers to learn more about growing radiata for timber.

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Tree Grower articles

  • Re-manufacturing radiata pine from woodlots
    Tom Boon, November 2013
    Re-manufactured radiata pine products are of a higher quality than can be achieved with solid radiata pine. They compete with similar products manufactured from hardwoods or slow grown, more stable…
  • New pine varieties help increase plantation profitability
    Michael Carson and Susan Carson, February 2011
    Forest and woodlot growers in New Zealand and Australia are beginning to experience a quiet revolution with the availability of supplies of highly improved clonal varieties of radiata pine. Cloning…
  • Using Forecaster to maximise your forest investment
    Jeremy Snook, May 2010
    Forecaster is a software system used to estimate the value of tree crop returns based on predicted log out-turns. It works by modelling the effects of site, silviculture and genetics…
  • Mapping the productivity of radiata pine
    David Palmer, Michael Watt, Mark Kimberley, Barbara Höck, Tim Payn and David Low, May 2010
    Forest owners, investors and policy makers all want to know the spread and productivity of New Zealand’s current and future radiata plantation. David Palmer, a geo-spatial analyst at Scion, has…
  • Radiata pine silviculture in Chile
    Donald Mead, May 2010
    This article is based on a visit to Chile in April and May 2009, visiting Instituto Forestal and forest companies near Concepcion and Valdivia. Chile has about 1.5 million hectares…
  • Breeding – getting the most from radiata pine
    John Walker, May 2010
    The best trees are tall, fat and straight – and in the best of all possible worlds they will be pruned and be at least 30 years old. This has…
  • Wide planting does not work
    Ken Jones and Neil Cullen, February 2008
    In the 1980s the wide spacing of radiata pine was a popular strategy with farm foresters. The advocates of this system believed that the reduced establishment and tending costs and…
  • Measuring radiata pine and forecasting yields
    Dave Crawley, May 2007
    Measuring radiata pine and forecasting yields has become a highly specialised area and there is now an increasing array of software and tools required to stay on the top of…
  • Threats to radiata pine
    Dean Satchell, May 2007
    Nectria flute canker remains confined to the lower half of the South Island At the recent forest health workshop in Rotorua, Ensis held a series of excellent presentations on radiata…
  • Plantation silviculture at the crossroads
    Euan Mason, May 2007
    What do you think of New Zealand? The classic question reputedly asked of so many visitors has provoked a variety of answers. John Lennon replied that after 10 minutes on…
  • The Riverhead factor – a practical view of wood density
    Ross Bawden, May 2007
    I grew up in Riverhead – at that time a small country area on the outskirts of Auckland. It had several claims to fame including Riverhead spuds and the site…
  • Initial spacing in radiata pine
    Wink Sutton, May 2007
    Recent silvicultural improvements, such as seed source – almost all seed now comes from seed orchards – nursery practice, tree handling, planting methods, weed control and the adoption of regimes…
  • Tools for pruning radiata pine
    Chris Meads – Levin Sawmakers, August 2005
    If you have decided to prune, then use the right pruning equipment. The two most common methods of pruning are with manual loppers and saws, or a petrol-driven top-handled chainsaw.…
  • Choosing radiata pine tree stocks
    NZFFA Information leaflet No. 2 (2005). Most forest nurserymen offer a range of different tree stocks for sale, with some quite large price differentials between them, reflecting the cost of…

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Reports

  • Report: Trees for steep slopes - radiata pine
    Dean Satchell, July 2018
    The focus of this report is on alternative species to radiata pine that offer productivity while at the same time provide superior erosion prevention to radiata. However, radiata pine could potentially…

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Radiata calculator

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Blogs

  • How Should We Manage Our Radiata Pine?: Denis Hocking's blog, May 21, 2017
    At a couple of recent conferences we have had speakers urging higher stocking rates to increase total recoverable volume and returns from plantations. A recent paper by John Moore &…
  • Radiata pine wood quality: Denis Hocking's blog, June 20, 2014
    Radiata pine may be an easy and productive timber species for us to grow, but it has long been recognised that the timber does have a number of quality problems.…

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Headlines

  • Keeping an eye on the health of your foliage June 2015
    Scion seeks input from farm foresters around New Zealand to help in the fight against red needle cast and other foliar diseases. Red needle cast has posed a threat to…
  • Growing confidence in forestry's future May 2014
    Scion Research Programme 2013 - 2019   Raising the profitability of commercial forestry investments is an imperative for the entire New Zealand forestry sector and also vital to increasing economic…

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