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The Final Step: Harvesting Hybrid Poplar for Renewable Bioenergy Feedstock

Posted by Greg Crouch | November 15, 2017
An aerial view of the Jefferson Demonstration site in Oregon. The different varieties of poplar are easily distinguished from the air by their different shades of green.
GreenWood Resources planted multiple varieties of hybrid poplar at the demonstration farms. Note the differences in leaf color in this aerial picture of the Jefferson site.

The Final Step: Harvesting Hybrid Poplar for Renewable Bioenergy Feedstock

November 15, 2017

Presenters:  Rich Shuren1 rich.shuren@gwrglobal.com, Tim Volk2 tavolk@esf.edu, Brian Stanton1, Rick Stonex1, and Jesus Espinoza1

Watch the recording at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a6LB9EuIZk

GreenWood Resources recently harvested two, large- scale AHB hybrid poplar bioenergy demonstration farms that were planted in 2012 in Jefferson, Oregon and Hayden, Idaho. This was the second time that the farms were cut. The first cutting was in 2013 at the conclusion of the two-year, establishment cycle. Following that harvest, the stands were regenerated by coppice (i.e. re-sprouting from the stools), and grown for a second cycle of three years, before the trees were cut again in early 2017. The harvest operation utilized a New Holland FR 9080 forage harvester was fitted with a 130 FB coppice header, and was carried out in collaboration with The State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry with support from the U. S. Department of Energy.

This webinar presented the 1st and 2nd cycle harvests including results of time-and-motion studies, operating parameters of the New Holland 9080, details on field loading of the biomass, challenges encountered and opportunities for improving operating efficiencies, and harvesting costs.

 

1GreenWood Resources
2The State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Washington State University