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    Author(s): C.H. Strauss
    Date: 1991
    Source: In: McCormick, Larry H.; Gottschalk, Kurt W., eds. Proceedings, 8th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 1991 March 4-6; University Park, PA. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-148. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station: 55-66.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Northeastern Research Station
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    Production costs for short rotation, intensive culture (SRIC) Populus biomass were developed from commercial-sized plantations under investigation throughout the eastern U.S. Populus hybrid planted on good quality plantation sites at a density of 850 cuttings/acre was projected to yield an average of 7 ovendry (OD) tons/acre/year. Discounted cash/flow analysis of multiple rotations showed pre-harvest production costs of $15/ton (OD). Harvesting and transportation expenses would increase the delivered cost to $36/ton (OD). Although this total cost compared favorably with the regional market price for aspen (Populus tremuloides), future investments in SRIC systems will require the development of markets specific to this biomass output.

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    Strauss, C.H. 1991. Shipping coal to Newcastle: are SRIC populus plantations a viable fiber production option for the central hardwoods region?. In: McCormick, Larry H.; Gottschalk, Kurt W., eds. Proceedings, 8th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 1991 March 4-6; University Park, PA. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-148. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station: 55-66.

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