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Silvo-arable trials with Poplar (continuation of OC9419) - OC9522

OC9522. Silvoarable trials with poplar.

Creative and economically beneficial alternative uses are needed for agricultural land. New varieties of poplar with improved performance may provide UK farmers with the opportunity to create capital from fast growing timber, whilst maintaining income from arable cropping on a reduced area. This study will aim to investigate and resolve practical difficulties associated with alley cultivation of arable crops between widely spaced rows of poplar on a field scale and to measure the impacts that the trees and arable crops exert on each other. The feasibility of growing arable crops between rows of poplars will be investigated, together with the effects on tree growth of arable crops at different intensities, in comparison with full fallow conditions. The effects of poplars on crop yields will be assessed, as will the economics of a poplar/arable system in comparison with an arable cropping system. Poplars will be planted at a distance of 10 m between rows and 6.4 m within rows. Arable crop rotations will include winter/spring cereals, winter/spring beans or other suitable break crops. Measurements undertaken will include height and diameter growth of trees annually, as well as full arable crop data. The proposed trials will reproduce successful silvoarable practice carried out over several acres of southern Britain in the 1960s and 1970s, for which arable yields and tree growth data are unavailable.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Silvo-arable trials with Poplar (continuation of OC9419)   (212k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1997

To: 1997

Cost: £25,401
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Silsoe College
Fields of Study
Farm Woodlands