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 so they can be applicable to farmers anywhere in the country, says the Trust’s general manager Ian McIvor.

“We hope regional councils, nurseries and farmers will share the video links to help pass on the knowledge.”

The videos are fronted by land management advisor Peter Manson who explains the differences between poplars and willows and says there are a number of other factors to take into consideration.

“Choosing the poplar and willow variety and where you plant them depends on your objective, which could be erosion control or a combination of that with fodder, shelter and shade. When choosing your varieties to suit your area and your objectives... the important thing is to get good advice from your regional council land management team to make sure you get the right ones for the job you want them to do.”

One of the videos looks at the best pole planting methods and includes tips on planting depth, use of sleeves and preparation of the ground around the pole.

“Overall we want farmers to choose the right poplar or willow variety for the job, the best site for pole survival and a proven planting method.”

The videos are now available. A frequently asked questions (FAQs) page has been set up on the website alongside the videos.

The Poplar and Willow Research Trust thanks Beef + Lamb NZ and Dairy NZ for their support with the production of the videos.

For more information please contact Ian McIvor on (06) 953 7673, (021) 226 8673 or email