Do you get more wood from a sprouting stump by removing all but one sprout--or by letting multiple sprouts grow? It seems a bit silly that I am asking this question at this late stage, but... I started a Hybrid Poplar coppice some years ago. Last year I cut a small plot of about 30 trees that were 5-7" at the base, harvesting them for some (fast burning) firewood. I left the stumps sprout naturally--but did mow a kazillion root suckers with my riding mower as I mowed in a checkerboard fashion through the woodlot. Presently, there are roughly 6-8 sprouts per stump--pretty bushy. Now I'm wondering if I would have been ahead to prune back to one sprout per stump? If you have an opinion, please state whether it is based upon theory or practice: I am finding it very difficult to find anyone with practical experience with this. My purpose is to obtain 16-18" lengths of firewood for my wood heating stove. (I am not trying to produce wood pellets or something where every twig would be a plus.) What little information I've come across seems to be geared towards producers of biomass who move through a woodlot grinding up everything is sight for some industrial purpose. Next year I have a much larger plot (over 400 trees) that are coming due to be cut.