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The Virginia Experiment... "Establishing Silvopasture: A Mid-way Progress Assessment"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Nov 19, 2015. 4 Replies

Our paper:  "Establishing Silvopasture: A Mid-way Progress Assessment"Available here:…Continue

Following Thinning- Assessing damage to Silvopasture Trees

Started Oct 17, 2014 0 Replies

Dear Silvopasture Sleuths,One of our little SP demo/trial/research here continues to move forward.  We have had the degraded hardwood stand thinned, understory regen/regrowth controlled and seeding…Continue

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New Silvopasture Publication for Mid-Atlantic

Announcing #1 of 3 Silvopasture publications from Virginia Cooperative Extension.http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/CSES/CSES-146/CSES-146.html-AdamSee More
Jul 5, 2016
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Brett Chedzoy replied to Adam Downing's discussion The Virginia Experiment... "Establishing Silvopasture: A Mid-way Progress Assessment"
"What I've observed on our farm where we've left behind a significant mulch layer from mowing is that the grass eventually comes in (along with a lot of other green stuff - not all of it good), but the wood chips definitely seem to hold…"
Nov 19, 2015
Adam Downing replied to Adam Downing's discussion The Virginia Experiment... "Establishing Silvopasture: A Mid-way Progress Assessment"
"It's not that thick in most places.  To reduce the thickness, the operator piled (and we burned) some of the material.  I'm not a grass guy but I can't imagine anything establishing ontop of mulch doing well.  Too much…"
Nov 18, 2015
Eli Roberts replied to Adam Downing's discussion The Virginia Experiment... "Establishing Silvopasture: A Mid-way Progress Assessment"
"Is the 3-4" of mulch compacted or still fluffy? Do you think it would be possible to establish orchardgrass on top of that mulch if it were trampled in (or bale grazed, perhaps)? It'd be great to test the fertility of the two understory…"
Nov 18, 2015
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Brett Chedzoy replied to Adam Downing's discussion The Virginia Experiment... "Establishing Silvopasture: A Mid-way Progress Assessment"
"Adam, Do you and John have a sense for the difference in cost/acre between the two understory treatments? (pushing with the skidder blade, and "mulching")  You may have posted pictures on this in the past, but was the mulching done…"
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The Virginia Experiment... "Establishing Silvopasture: A Mid-way Progress Assessment"

Our paper:  "Establishing Silvopasture: A Mid-way Progress Assessment"Available here: www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/shenandoah-valley/research/field-day/documentation/2015FDP.pdfIt's the first paper in the proceedings.See More
Aug 19, 2015
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"Presented our small Silvopasture Demontration as part of the McCormick Farm/Shenandoah Valley Agriculture Extension Center (SVAREC) on Augus"
Aug 19, 2015
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Logging Slash burn - Virginia

"Yes, here is a summary of our costs so far. Stand half that was pushed ~ 2 acres.  Some of the pushing was done as part of the thinning. I hired the logging contractor to bring his Skidder back in and push some more on the 2 acres for an extra…"
Oct 21, 2014
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Logging Slash burn - Virginia

"Adam- Photos look great.  Any idea of what pushing the slash up and burning the piles cost? Jeff"
Oct 17, 2014
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SVAREC Groundhog

"Our first "harvest" from the Silvopasture!"
Oct 17, 2014
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"The logging slash was piled and burned following the Silvopasture thinning."
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"Old house removal and brush pile in the background burning"
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Madison
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Extension Agent, Forestry

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New Silvopasture Publication for Mid-Atlantic

Posted on July 5, 2016 at 3:42pm 0 Comments

Announcing #1 of 3 Silvopasture publications from Virginia Cooperative Extension.

http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/CSES/CSES-146/CSES-146.html

-Adam

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GMO American Chestnuts - will the King of the Eastern Forests return?

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy May 18. 6 Replies

Since I first became obsessed with trees and forests and set out on a path to become a forester ~ 30 years ago, I have dreamed of someday seeing the return of the American Chestnut.  Every rare…Continue

Role of Silvopasturing in "Saving the Planet"

Started by Brett Chedzoy May 15. 0 Replies

Thanks to Erica Campbell from Senator Sander's office for sharing with our "Northeast Silvopasture Initiative" group...Silvopasture is listed as a TOP TEN solution to climate change, according Paul…Continue

Open Position: Research Scientist in Silvopasture - UMCA

Started by Michael A Gold May 1. 0 Replies

The MU Agroforestry Center has an open position "Research Scientist - Silvopasture".   Seeking a Ph.D. w/a strong background in pasture-based grazing systems (livestock, esp. cattle) and forages.  If…Continue

When Shade is Part of the Plan

Started by Brett Chedzoy Apr 19. 0 Replies

One of the top "frequently asked questions" is what forages might grow well in silvopastures.  Much has already been posted on this forum (dig around a bit) on this topic.  The short answer is: "it…Continue

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