One of the more interesting talks that I've heard over the years on grazing or silvopasturing was by Dr. Gene Garrett at the 2011 Northeast Silvopasture Conference titled: Silvopasture Ecosystem Services.  A copy of the presentation is archived at: https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.cornell.edu/dist/d/5957/files/2... 

This article on the role that trees play in phosphorous solubilization (https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpls.2020.567918/full) reminded me of Dr. Garrett's talk, and also of the many symbiotic benefits of adding trees in to agricultural systems.

Views: 125

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Ten "ecosystem services" that come to mind.  Please add to this list for things I've overlooked:

  1. Rhizodegredation of some contaminants (see Dr. Garrett's talk above)
  2. Nutrient solubilization (2nd referenced article)
  3. Nutrient and contaminant biosequestration
  4. Carbon sequestration
  5. Hydraulic and nutrient lift from lower soil profiles
  6. Wildlife habitat
  7. Rainfall interception and increased infiltration
  8. Soil health building: increased organic matter, microbial diversity, etc.
  9. Nitrogen fixation by leguminous and some non-leguminous trees
  10. Soil stabilization from tree roots and duff

Reply to Discussion

RSS

Forum

Silvopasturing in Ireland

Started by Brett Chedzoy on Thursday. 0 Replies

An nice example of how silvopasturing makes sense just about anywhere that trees & forages can be grown together:…Continue

Beating out the bad plants in the early stages of a new silvopasture

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Alex Caskey Apr 1. 5 Replies

There are related discussions on the forum discussing shade tolerant forages mixes and profiling a number of farms that have used various strategies to get good stuff growing after letting the…Continue

Feed values for fodder trees

Started by jackie milne. Last reply by Bryan Clark Mar 26. 5 Replies

Hello everyone!We live in northern Canada, we have Aspen, birch, popular, willows and various wild roses and berry shrubs as well as white and black spruce mainly some pine. What I have been trying…Continue

Members

© 2022   Created by Peter Smallidge.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service