Wood Matters

Afforestation Grant Scheme

Last week Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew confirmed details of the revised Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS), administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries.


Radiata pine spans many uses

Last summer the family and I (Wood Matters Ed) at last took on the Timber Trail after hearing many people "rave" about it. This is one of mountain bike trails in the Rail Trails NZ series. Located mostly in the Pureora Forest Park just north-west of Lake Taupo, this 85km mountain bike trail is rated grade 3 for the first 40km and grade 2 for the last 45km.


Clarky's Comment - April, Resilience through Diversity

We live in this world at a time of fast moving technology and political change. Two years ago who would have predicted the restrictions on dairy exports to Russia and the flow-on impacts to milk solid payouts to NZ dairy farmers? Russia is a major competitor to NZ for log supply into China.


Log Market - April

The log market diverged considerably in April as the domestic market continued its strong run and the export market softened with the Chinese New Year hang-over. Domestic pruned prices strengthened, export pruned and domestic unpruned prices flat-lined and export unpruned log prices plunged $10-$17.


New Zealand Foresters Starting to Recognise the Benefits of Containerised Tree Stocks

During my ten year plus involvement in the New Zealand forest nursery sector and association with Australian forest nursery growers, I have observed a slow progression of Australian forest nurseries from bare-root to containerised tree stock production. Why isn't New Zealand following the Australian's and the rest of the world's lead into containerised production, or are we just starting to?


Controlled-pollination to improve tree growth

One of the most successful commercial methods of genetic improvement is controlled pollination. This involves taking pollen from a known "father" cone and using it to pollinate a known "mother" cone. This produces control-pollinated (CP) seed.


Good Time to Be Harvesting in Canterbury

Sawmills in Canterbury are struggling to procure enough logs to maintain full production. Wood products markets are buoyant with the Christchurch rebuild and the strong housing market in Auckland.


Log Market - March

The domestic log market continues to have strong demand for higher value pruned and unpruned logs. Some domestic mills are seeking more pruned logs than available and are having to make do with a proportion of unpruned logs in the meantime. The export log market moved sideways in early March impacted by the Chinese Lunar New Year and Spring Holiday although very favourable ocean freight rates and a weaker Kiwi dollar have supported NZ$ at-wharf-gate prices.


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