Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News.
It seems Covid-19 is not done with Australia yet, with a significant outbreak sending Victoria into a hard 7-day lockdown and border restrictions with neighbouring states. While this will be felt throughout the State, the local forestry industry has largely avoided the economic hit other sectors have received. There is also a global construction boom that is resulting in strong timber prices up and a potential shortage in supply.
Looking over the stories this month, we would like to highlight the salvage harvesting from the 2019/20 bushfires. Over the last 15 months, crews have salvaged over 2.7 million tonnes of fire-damaged timber within the NSW regions of Tumut and Tumbarumba. This has doubled or, in some places, tripled industry expectations for the period in which fire-damaged wood can be salvaged from after a major burn.
On the harvesting technology front, we have new equipment updates from Komatsu, Pedersen Group and Ponsse, along with Remsoft’s real-time data benefits. For log transport, Canada has two major initiatives. Vancouver Island will be trialling the first electric log trucks and, in a new partnership, FPInnovations is working with a global leader in automated truck platooning for the forest industry.
Check out all the articles below and enjoy this month’s issue.
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Stories this issue:
- Truck platooning technology partnership announced
- Komatsu to grow forestry machine sales
- Woodlot harvesting videos now on-line
- Trial of world’s first electric log trucks
- Connecting forest operations planning
- 15 months of salvage harvesting and milling finishing
- Green machine delivers safety, productivity gains for Pedersen Group
- New harvester head for processing eucalyptus trees from Ponsse
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