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

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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

Natural Fences

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy on Thursday. 2 Replies

A friend sent me the following link to a video of "hedgelaying" in England: http://youtu.be/iGncS_lojlI Interesting to watch, but makes me appreciate my…Continue

Grazing Cattle in Christmas Tree Plantations?

Started Dec 10 0 Replies

I've seen sheep carefully grazed in Christmas Tree plantations, but not cattle.  Anyone out there have any experience with this?  It’s been years since we’ve planted new conifers on the farm, so I…Continue

Poisonous Plants in Silvopastures

Started Oct 23 0 Replies

I was surprised in looking over the numerous past topics that we haven't had a discussion on plant toxicity risks to livestock in silvopastures.  the following email came to Peter and I recently, and…Continue

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

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 encounter with a sizeable specimen that has - for the time being - escaped the blight leaves me fascinated and thinking of what used to be (see picture at the end).  Over the years I have left numerous special spots around the farm devoid of trees hoping that someday I would have the chance to fill them…See More
Friday
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Natural Fences
"Birch is one of the least decay-resistant woods.  Even if elevated off the ground, I don't think the birch poles will last more than a few years."
Thursday
Ann Wilhelm replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Natural Fences
"I don’t know about living fences, though my uncle introduced multiflora rose to our farm many years ago, and it has been a scourge to us ever since! We are considering erecting a Jack-Leg fence, also sometimes called a Buck-and-Pole fence.…"
Tuesday
Brett Chedzoy posted a discussion

Natural Fences

A friend sent me the following link to a video of "hedgelaying" in England: http://youtu.be/iGncS_lojlI Interesting to watch, but makes me appreciate my high-tensile fences even more! I remember my grandpa telling me that the extensive osage orange hedges around their farm in Kansas were originally planted as living fences.  I have a hard time envisioning how an osage planting would work for that purpose today, unless woven wire was stapled to the…See More
Dec 12
Brett Chedzoy replied to Francisco J Ponce's discussion Beavers What to do with them?
"If the site is wetland/marginal wetland and attractive to beavers, then it's potential for silvopasturing is relatively low compared to better upland sites that you may have on the property.  A good fact sheet that addresses beaver…"
Dec 10
Brett Chedzoy posted a discussion

Grazing Cattle in Christmas Tree Plantations?

I've seen sheep carefully grazed in Christmas Tree plantations, but not cattle.  Anyone out there have any experience with this?  It’s been years since we’ve planted new conifers on the farm, so I can’t say that I have any first-hand experience with grazing in a true Christmas Tree plantation.  Our cattle frequent the older conifer plantations around the farm, and seem to like to take nibbles on the lower limbs of the various species.  But most of the time they just ignore the trees - except to…See More
Dec 10
Francisco J Ponce replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Trees into Pastures
"Thank You Brett for sharing with us. FJP "
Dec 2
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Trees into Pastures
"Many trees will work in a silvopasture system - it just depends on what you want to get out of the trees.  Honey Locust will reportedly contribute some available nitrogen to the system, although it is not in the Legume family.  Some of the…"
Dec 2
Francisco J Ponce replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Trees into Pastures
"Hello Brett i read you are considering Black Locust, Have you consider Honey Locust it will add nitrogen to the soil and the  flowers will attract Bees and Bees are good for pollination Correct me if i am wrong i was thinking in my case to…"
Nov 18
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Trees into Pastures
"I was recently for suggestions on good trees to plant in sheep pastures.  The grazier was interested in planting red oak but was concerned about potential poisoning issues from the acorns years down the road.  My reply is copied below, as…"
Nov 18
scott oosterhof replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Creating Silvopastures with Black Locust
"Thanks for the photos,  the photo of the temporary fenced area (silvo pasture on the cheap) was what I was thinking of doing, but with four rows of trees. This will then be the edge of my paddock that I attach the temporary fence too.  …"
Nov 12
Brett Chedzoy posted a discussion

Poisonous Plants in Silvopastures

I was surprised in looking over the numerous past topics that we haven't had a discussion on plant toxicity risks to livestock in silvopastures.  the following email came to Peter and I recently, and is representative of one of the more challenging native plants found in many parts of the Northeast: Mountain Laurel.  The original emails are below.  Would be interested to know what experiences others have had with Mountain Laurel and/or other "poisonous" plants. From Craig in western MA...I have…See More
Oct 23
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Sep 30
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Woods Walk at Angus Glen Farms - Watkins Glen, NY at Angus Glen Farms

September 18, 2014 from 9:30am to 12pm
Join host Brett Chedzoy, regional forester for Cornell Cooperative Extension, for a tour of the family Tree Farm and beef cattle operation.  Topics that will be viewed and discussed include: the benefits of sustainable woodlot management; value-added firewood and lumber operations; profitable forest plantations; strategies for the control of invasive plants; and silvopasturing – the sustainable production of quality timber and livestock on the same land.  The walk will take place rain or shine,…See More
Sep 18
Jim Medeiros replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion protecting young trees during fly season
"Brett, I am pretty sure in the northern hemisphere the trees would have been bent in the opposite direction. "
Aug 3
Brett Chedzoy posted a discussion

protecting young trees during fly season

As we get ready to move our 5 bulls from the "bull pen" pastures this weekend off to their respective breeding groups and other parts of the farm, I'm reminded that we're currently at the height of fly season and bulls appreciate the opportunity to use young trees for scratching posts.  Just because the cows may not cause excessive harm to young, desirable trees doesn't mean that bulls won't.  Case in point in the picture below from our ranch in Argentina.  These pines were ~ 5 years old and…See More
Jul 30

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NY
County where you live or work?
Schuyler
What is your occupation relative to silvopasture? (for example, owner/producer, extension specialist, agency specialist, etc.)
extension educator and silvopastoralist

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Silvopasturing at the Stone Barns Center

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

Peter and I recently had the opportunity to present a day-long workshop on silvopasturing at the Stone Barns Center in the lower Hudson Valley.  The Stone Barns Center (www.stonebarnscenter.org) is located on the former Rockefeller dairy farm, and today serves as a showcase of "sustainable food systems". …

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Workshop Materials from the Silvopasture Field Day - McVeytown, PA - June 7th 2013

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 12:11pm 0 Comments

Thank you to the 40+ who were able to attend the workshop last Friday in McVeytown.   The handouts used for the workshop are attached below as .pdf files.  -- Brett

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Reducing forest density for acceptable forage growth

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

During the "silvopasture day course" trainings last August, we expressed the need to reduce forest stand stocking levels to about 60 sq. ft./acre of basal area (approximately 50% relative density, depending on the stand type) in order to achieve "good" forage productivity of the more shade tolerant cool season grasses.  For more information on this, refer to the .pdf file attachment titled "Creating Quality Silvopastures" from the August blog post on the day courses - or read the section on…

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Agroforestry Field Day at the Big Flats Plant Materials Center

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 10:30am 0 Comments

60 people attended "Working Trees in Agricultural Landscapes: An Introduction to Agroforestry" on November 16th at the USDA NRCS Plant Materials Center in Big Flats, NY (and 120 people attended the 3rd annual Cover Crops Field Day at the PMC on the prior day!)  This inaugural agroforestry event at the PMC featured NRCS soil health advocate Ray Archuleta.  Some of Ray's key messages throughout the two days were: "Farm in the image of Nature"; "Feed the soil"; and "Nature hates monocultures". …

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At 10:12pm on February 29, 2012, Darren Bender-Beauregard said…

Brett, I just found this site from your producer profile in the latest SGF.  I am very interested in any details you'd care to share of your silvopasture use in a beef operation.  I am just starting a grassfed beef operation on 250 acres and just got my started herd.  They are linebred, old-type black angus, largely Octoraro and Wye, but some others in the background too.  Got them from a guy named Larry Sansom in KY.  I'm also curious how you like your Octoraro and Wye angus stock--seemed like a good way to go but it's always good to hear someone else's experiences!

Any info would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

-Darren

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

Started by Brett Chedzoy on Friday. 0 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

Natural Fences

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy on Thursday. 2 Replies

A friend sent me the following link to a video of "hedgelaying" in England: http://youtu.be/iGncS_lojlI Interesting to watch, but makes me appreciate my…Continue

Beavers What to do with them?

Started by Francisco J Ponce. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Dec 10. 1 Reply

There are Beavers at the back of the property, not sure what to do with them. Does anyone have any idea of the impact they can do to 121 acres of pure forest? are they a problem when developing…Continue

Grazing Cattle in Christmas Tree Plantations?

Started by Brett Chedzoy Dec 10. 0 Replies

I've seen sheep carefully grazed in Christmas Tree plantations, but not cattle.  Anyone out there have any experience with this?  It’s been years since we’ve planted new conifers on the farm, so I…Continue

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