Friday, December 16, 2005

Production 101

We get many questions from students throughout the year doing research on Christmas Trees or agriculture. Here’s a good question from Zal:

From: Zal
Sent: Friday, December 16, 2005
Subject: shearing question, using helicopter

Probably a silly question but we are doing a report on Christmas tree harvesting and we been looking for info on power shearing the trees into a conical shape, and specially using a helicopter.
Can you help with info if you know of an outfit that does that?

Answer: Those are two different topics Zal. Shearing is done May - July. Harvesting is done in Nov - Dec. Shearing is done in a multitude of ways. Much depends on the size of the operation, grower's preferred methods, species being sheared, age of trees being sheared. Methods can be anything from handheld shearing snips, knives that look kind of like machetes, back pack style powered tool, to tractor powered machines. Helicopters are used for harvesting only at big farms with poor road access or steep terrain. They are not used in shearing at all.