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Erosion control in your budget

Posted on May 19, 2017

“It’s important to plan ahead to make sure the money is in your farm budget not just to buy poles but get them to your farm, planted and protected,” says Poplar and Willow Research Trust general manager Ian McIvor. He says a series of videos was released last year about choosing the right sites site for erosion-control poles and the best planting methods. “The links are on our website and we als

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Second video series released

Posted on March 28, 2017

A second series of how-to videos looking at poplar pruning willow pollarding has been released by the New Zealand Poplar and Willow Research Trust. The videos are available on www.poplarandwillow.org.nz. A frequently-asked-questions tab (FAQs) has been set up on the website alongside the videos. The videos are generic so they can be applicable to farmers anywhere in the country, says the Trust’s

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Understanding Poplars and Willows Workshop - Masterton

Posted on January 26, 2017

Date: 21-23 February 2017 Venue: Copthorne Solway Park, Masterton Registration Form: PDF or Word Document Programme: Download PDF

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Trees grown for shade, shelter and fodder on remote farm

Posted on January 20, 2017

Eastern Taranaki farmers Hugh and Maureen Paterson say the past decade has given them a strong belief in the benefits of poplars and willows. They farm 231 hectares in the Strathmore district about 30 kilometres inland from Stratford on the Forgotten World Highway (Ohura Road). While relatively remote, the farm is also visible to a growing number of tourists using the highway. Location and acces

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A story of change and success in poplars and willows for erosion management

Posted on September 13, 2016

Trevor Freeman has seen the planting of hundreds of thousands of poplar and willow trees in the Gisborne region. The retiring Gisborne District Council Chief Science Specialist and former Environmental Services Manager finishes with the Gisborne District Council on August 19. In the past 40 years his role has morphed from land management into environmental services concerned with water, biosecuri

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Farmer Guides available

Posted on August 23, 2016

We have collected short guides likely to meet the needs of most farmers considering planting poplars and willows and also for managing the trees through their lifetime. The information includes material produced by the Trust and also our partners including Regional Councils, Beef + Lamb NZ and Plant and Food Research. A brief summary of key points appears against each title.

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How-to videos now available

Posted on August 19, 2016

A new series of how-to videos is being released by the Poplar and Willow Research Trust. Poplar and willow poles are delivered to farms around the country from June to August and most will be planted before the end of August. The first three videos in the Hill Country Heroes series look at assessing sites, pole choice and successful pole planting. They are designed to be generic

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Giant Willow Aphid causing concern

Posted on July 18, 2016

The giant willow aphid has persisted in high numbers around New Zealand thanks to the mild start to winter. “In the last two seasons giant willow aphid populations have fallen off much earlier. We could do with a run of frosts to reduce numbers,” says Ian McIvor, general manager of the Poplar and Willow Research Trust. “But we have had reports of aphids in Southland in early July after an init

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April 2016 Update

Posted on March 25, 2016

Giant willow aphid is peaking. Many basket willow growers are using a contact insecticide to kill the pest, with good effect. This is a satisfactory approach for solitary trees too, in home gardens and school playgrounds.The Hill Country Symposium, organized by the New Zealand Grassland Association will take place from 12th April to the 13th April 2016 in Rotorua, New Zealand. The conference will

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November 2015 Update

Posted on November 09, 2015

Giant willow aphid is up and about in Palmerston North. Have you seen any in your district? Let us know.Hawke’s Bay Regional Council hosted ‘East Coast Hill Country Conference 2015’ in Hastings, 29-30 October. Well done Nathan Heath HBRC and your team. Hill country is still very important to the NZ economy. To quote Malcolm Todd (Horizons RC): "The most important thing (absolutely essential) is go

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October 2015 Update

Posted on October 20, 2015

Keep a watch out for the first appearance of the season for the giant willow aphid. Report any appearances to our contact address.Hawke’s Bay Regional Council hosts ‘East Coast Hill Country Conference 2015’ in Hastings, 29-30 October.Pole planting should be finished for 2015, just in time for the October winds. Wind can play havoc with poplar and willow poles. Check to see your poles are still tig

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August 2015 Update

Posted on August 13, 2015

As part of our national trial of experimental poplars new trials were planted at sites in Waikaretu in the Waikato, Studholme in Taranaki, Waituna West in Manawatu, Methven in Canterbury, Mavora Lakes in Southland, and Aramoana in Hawke’s Bay. A booklet ‘A Decision Support Tool: Trees for the Farm’ was produced as part of SFF 12/054 and is available on this website. Here’s hoping the cold winter h

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June 2015 Updates

Posted on June 25, 2015

Congratulations to Linda Newstrom-Lloyd and her team in the ‘Trees for Bees’ project on the recent publication of the ‘Winning with Willows’ booklet released at the NZ Beekeepers conference in Taupo. This informative booklet provides information on the pollen and nectar cycles of many willow cultivars. Copies can be obtained from your local Regional Council.Congratulations to this year’s winners

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Leaf bacteria fertilize trees, researchers claim

Posted on May 27, 2015

The fastest growing trees outside the tropics are poplars. Tall and slender, they can reach 30 meters in less than a decade despite the seemingly inhospitable ground they favor—burned areas and sandy riverbanks, for example. Sharon Doty says the credit goes to microbes in their leaves and other tissues. While the poplar's leaf cells are busy converting sunlight to energy, she says, bacteria betwee

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May 2015 updates

Posted on May 27, 2015

Giant willow aphid continues to thrive into late May. In contrast to last season the aphid has been reported as resurging in many locations following a noticeable decline in populations in early April. The long term impact of this aphid is still unknown as no predators or hyperparasites are yet apparent.The time for poplar and willow pole planting is upon us. Council nurseries will begin harvestin

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Christchurch field trip a big success

Posted on April 04, 2015

Poplar and Willow nursery managers were hosted by river engineer Dan Harrison, Barry Mathers (nursery manager) and Environment Canterbury staff in Christchurch February 16-17. Visits were made to ECan nursery on the banks of the Waimakariri River and on a field trip to Waimakariri Gorge the group looked at how poplars and willows were used to stabilise and manage water flow in a dynamic river syst

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Revamped website launched

Posted on April 03, 2015

The New Zealand Poplar & Willow Trust has just launched it's revamped website. This new version is mobile device friendly moves all the documents into a single library rather than connecting them to the website hierarchy. This means there are many ways routes to the same information, making it easier to find has a search facility contains a directory of local government nurseries Pl

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Giant Willow Aphid has re-emerged this summer

Posted on February 28, 2015

Giant Willow Aphid has re-emerged this summer as numerous as last season. It has spread its range into Southland. The honeydew crystallises readily on the stems of affected willows when it is not captured by other insects.Winged adults are more common towards the end of the season. They disperse and set up new colonies. No predators have yet arisen to capitalise on this food source and provide som

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