"Wood is wood," so it is difficult to avoid cracking. Nevertheless, there are a few techniques that can be used to minimize it.
In many species, polyethylene glycol (PEG), when diffused into the wood at moderate concentrations, stabilizes it during drying and provides total stabilization after the wood has dried.
A spreadsheet inventory is a good indicator of management options.
Christmas tree farm owner Al Wilson describes the evolution of the Christmas tree industry on the West Coast and the benefits of operating a U-Cut as opposed to selling wholesale.