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Big Bluestem and Indian Grass

Big Bluestem and Indian Grass
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John Hay, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Planted willow cutting

A shrub willow cutting after planting. Willow is planted as unrooted stem cuttings, and soon produced new roots, stems and leaves. Specialized willow planters cut long stems to small lengths (about ten inches) and plants them in one pass.
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SUNY ESF
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Shrub willow coppice regrowth

Early regrowth of shrub willow crops a few days after bud-break in early spring. Willow plants are coppiced (cut back) after the first growing season to encourage more vigorous growth and more stems per plant. One to three stems per plant before coppice becomes eight to twelve stems per plant after coppice. This creates more biomass and closes the canopy of the planting more quickly, shading out weed competition.
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SUNY ESF
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