Cultural Practices for Growing Woody Crops

Successful woody crop production depends on doing the necessary (and appropriate) agronomic practices that increase the probability of tree survival and optimum growth. Although woody crop trees are fast growing, their survival and growth can be significantly reduced because of a resource limitation (lack of water, nutrients, or space for growth). Resource limitations may be related to climatic or site characteristics. For example, tree growth may be limited by below-average rainfall, or by a marginal site with very stony soil. Resource limitations may also be related to our management practice (or lack thereof). Most notably, weed control is a primary concern that if left unchecked, will limit the trees access to its necessary resources of water, nutrients and space to grow.

Our working group has established approximately 44 ha (105 ac) of hybrid poplar plantations near Meadow Lake, Sask. Since 2002. One of the main objectives of our research is determine the best management practices for woody crop production in Saskatchewan, and relay this information to interested individuals and organizations.

Silviculture of Meadow Lake Poplar Plantations

  • Site Preparation**
  • Planting**
  • Weed Control**
  • Fertilization**
  • Pruning**
  • Animal Browse**
  • Establishment Costs**

Poplar farming field day 2004, Cubbon site, Meadow Lake, SK