Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2015, 63, 1499-1504

https://doi.org/10.11118/actaun201563051499
Published online 2015-10-29

Production and Economic Parameters of a Poplar (J 105) Coppice Plantation with Different Length of the First Rotation in the Conditions of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands

Antonín Martiník1, Zdeněk Adamec2, Robert Knott1, Ondřej Stuchlý1

1Department of Silviculture, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Mendel University in Brno, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic
2Department of Forest Management and Applied Geoinformatics, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Mendel University in Brno, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic

The paper analysed production and economic effectiveness of a short-rotation coppice plantation, namely J 105, after the first rotation period of 7 and 8 years respectively. The plantation is located in the region of the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands with an annual precipitation of 497 mm and mean air temperature of 8.6 °C. To assess the productivity, the trees were selected according to stem diameter at a height of 10 cm above the ground level and classified into three categories: I) 0–3.0 cm; II) 3.1–7.0 cm and III) > 7.0 cm. Sample trees were selected in each year. The economic effectiveness of the plantation was assessed as the difference between profits and costs for both rotation cycles. The mean annual above-ground biomass production for the 7-year rotation (2012) was 3.15 t/ha and 3.30 t/ha for the 8-year rotation (2013). The low productivity of poplar was due to slow growth (approx. 0.5 m in height) and drought in the first year after the plantation was established. The economic effectiveness for the 7-year rotation was CZK −5,300/ha and CZK +17,500/ha for the 8-year rotation. It was due to current total aboveground dry mass increment in the 8th year of rotation.

Funding

This work was supported by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (Project No. CZ.1.07/2.3.00/20.0267) and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic (Project No. QJ1230330).

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