Woody crop production

Woody crop production offers new opportunities for farm income diversification and natural resource management in medium to low rainfall regions. The Future Farm Industries CRC uses the term woody crop to describe short cycle coppicing and harvesting of trees planted for biomass production and grown interspersed with crops and pastures. Woody crop production is different from agroforestry and conventional forestry because of its spacing across the farm and its adaptation to lower rainfall regions.

The Future Farm Industries CRC’s research on woody crop production mainly focuses on mallees producing biomass for renewable energy, which can be renewable electricity or renewable transport fuels. 

The Nutrient and Water Management project looks at the sustainability of mallee biomass production over an extended period of harvesting and coppicing.

The Woody Biomass Supply Assessment project examines the potential for viable regional processing of regional biomass production to create bioenergy. 

The Breeding Woody Crops project is looking to improve biomass yield and cineole yield and quality in mallees. Cineole is the main chemical in eucalyptus oil. The project has identified three major species selections as being potentially suitable for short-cycle woody crops for integrating into mixed farm agricultural systems.

The Woody Crop Harvesting System project is developing a self-propelled chipper harvester for short cycle woody crops, which will be an essential component of a fully integrated, lower-cost supply chain.

Below is a link to a historical document relevant to Woody Crop Production.


Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) ceased trading on 30 June 2014.

This website contains information about the CRC’s research into perennial plant based farming systems.

This site will remain live until 30 June 2017 but is no longer being updated or reviewed.

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The CRC was funded for seven years (2007-2014) under the Australian Government Cooperative Research Centre program.