Rural marketing and brand specialist Chris Bristol has been appointed to the NZ Poplar and Willow Research Trust. Coming from a family farm near Whanganui, Chris is an experienced senior manager within New Zealand’s agribusiness and farming sec Continue reading
Help is needed to find a new pest invading the South Island. “We’re asking farmers to scan their eyes over their poplar trees for a hairy poplar sawfly,” Poplar and Willow Research Trust general manager Ian McIvor says. “Although cu Continue reading
A new pest organism in New Zealand: Cladius grandis
Have you seen this unusual insect on your poplar trees? If you have spotted it we want to know! There are no other yellow/ orange caterpillars with black spots that feed on poplar leaves. More details...
Let's stop erosion!
Retaining fertile soil on the land is in the interests of all New Zealand. Without tree protection hills fall apart in severe rain storms. Poplars and willows planted for erosion reduction stabilise our pastoral hill country, increase water storage, reduce sediment transfer, improve water quality, benefit stock and enhance the farm environment.
There are poplars and willows to suit each region and location.
Working in close association with regional authorities and industry partners, NZPWRT develops adaptable planting materials (poplar & willow), provides technical support and promotional information to assist landowners to reduce soil erosion, lower sediment transfer off farm, and improve water quality.