Agroplus premium foods

  • Development of new willow varieties

    European Willow Breeding have since 2011 been breeding new salix clones from well defined parental clones. The 4 new varieties that has been produced will be available for sale 2013.
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  • Willow cuttings is being planted

    Willow is being planted in form of cuttings, with help from a 4-rows planting machine. The capacity is around 1ha per hour.
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  • Harvest with BioBaler

    Willow is harvested with a BioBaler by Anderson. The machine chops, chrush and bale the willow in one go for a more efficient handling of the biomass afterwards. The capacity is about 0.25 ha/h which gives roughly 20 bales a´500kg.
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End users of willow biomass

The main parts of harvested willow biomass are delivered to power/heat stations, where willow wood chips are parts of the fuel mix. Increasing requests are given for biomasses, e.g. willow biomass for large coal firing power stations in countries like Poland, Great Britain, Germany and Czech Republic. New areas for biomass as raw material are for biogas production and for production of liquid fuels.

It will also be actually to grow willow on soils polluted by cadmium (Cd). In a recently published report from Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (NV-00336-13) plantations of willow coppice is the most effective method to remediate soils from Cd for future production of food crops.