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Selection of Potential Crop Trees

In this video, Kevin O'Connell, Forestry Adviser with Teagasc explains how to identify and select high quality trees (also known as Potential Crop Trees or PCTs) to be favoured during thinning operations.

He discusses the four criteria used for the selection of PCTs and how to select such trees. Ensure that all Potential Crop Trees (PCTs) selected have the following attributes:

  • Disease free
  • Good vigour
  • Good stem form
  • Evenly distributed throughout the wood

When selecting PCTs, it is essential to view the tree from two sides at right angles to each other. Otherwise, stem defects can easily be missed.

He highlights the "2-stick method". This is an easy method to help ensure the correct number of trees are selected and with a good distribution throughout the woodland:

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