Economic analysis of alternatives for second rotations in Eucalyptus globulus plantations in southeast Uruguay




financial analysis, coppice, replanting


Eucalyptus globulus is one of the most planted forest species in Uruguay. However, its high susceptibility to diseases has determined that in recent years most plantations reaching harvest are replaced by other species, mainly E. dunnii and E. smithii. The decision whether to maintain the plantation for an additional rotation as coppice crop or to carry out a replanting depends on the expected economic results of both alternatives. Therefore, the objective of this research was to estimate the profitability of a coppice crop of E. globulus and that of a new plantation, with two different species, E. dunnii and E. smithii. In addition, a sensitivity analysis was carried out to study the impact of eventual variations in plantation productivity, in distance to the point of sale, and in the price of wood. Results showed that the three alternatives analyzed are economically viable, but that the management as coppice crop and the replanting with E. smithii are more profitable than replanting with E. dunnii. On the other hand, the coppice management is the alternative that requires less investment and that presents fewer risks, since it is less sensitive to changes in the main variables that determine the economic result.


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Balmelli G, Gasparri P, Morales Olmos V. Economic analysis of alternatives for second rotations in Eucalyptus globulus plantations in southeast Uruguay. Agrocienc Urug [Internet]. 2023 Apr. 11 [cited 2024 Feb. 21];27:e976. Available from:



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