Brett Chedzoy
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Allelopathy and Other Forms of Plant Supression Under Trees

Started Feb 11 0 Replies

Every late summer and early fall as I walk along the edges of our pastures adjoining the woods I notice in the drier years a significant difference between forages growing inside and outside the…Continue

Controlling noxious plant communities in forest and silvopasture landscapes

Started Jan 14 0 Replies

this post will jump around a bit, but I wanted to tie together several thoughts generated by two news stories that come across my inbox this yesterday...At the 2011 Northeast Silvopasture Conference,…Continue

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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Jan 28. 3 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 this discussion. Last reply by Ben Hartwell Jan 19. 4 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

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Allelopathy and Other Forms of Plant Supression Under Trees

Every late summer and early fall as I walk along the edges of our pastures adjoining the woods I notice in the drier years a significant difference between forages growing inside and outside the influence of the trees' roots.  The browning and stunting of grass growth appears to be limited to a band along the edge.  Further inside the woods and silvopastures, the effect isn't nearly as noticeable.  I have some theories on why this is so, but they're just guesses at this point.  What is clear,…See More
Feb 11
Brett Chedzoy replied to Ben Hartwell 's discussion Black Locust Seed
"from "improved" trees?"
Feb 11
Brett Chedzoy replied to jackie milne's discussion Feed values for fodder trees
"If you dig around under the www.agri-dynamics.com website (their page appears to temporarily be down so I can't post the direct link), there's a chart showing the results of some sampling that Jerry Brunetti did some years back of a wide…"
Feb 11
Brett Chedzoy replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion GMO American Chestnuts - will the King of the Eastern Forests return?
Jan 28
Brett Chedzoy replied to Ben Hartwell 's discussion Black Locust Seed
"I'm not aware of any commercial sources.  Sheffield Seed Company lists their source as "China", but I doubt it comes from an improved seed orchard.  You could contact them to see if they know anything about the genetic…"
Jan 21
Ben Hartwell replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Natural Fences
"Yes, Multi Flora Rose was brought here in the 1900's for "living fences."I want to build a jack leg fence over a stone wall and then run electric on it."
Jan 19
Ben Hartwell replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion GMO American Chestnuts - will the King of the Eastern Forests return?
"My criticism on GMO's is not the GMO's themselves but what the GMO's do, in most case that means an ever increasing use of Glyphosate.  I believe in certain uses of Glyphosate, but now we have created resistance and more crops in…"
Jan 19
Brett Chedzoy posted a discussion

Controlling noxious plant communities in forest and silvopasture landscapes

this post will jump around a bit, but I wanted to tie together several thoughts generated by two news stories that come across my inbox this yesterday...At the 2011 Northeast Silvopasture Conference, keynote speaker Jerry Brunetti (rest in peace) stated: “The only practical way to control invasive plants on the landscape is to eat them.”  He wasn’t referring to those in the audience, but rather to their livestock.  Every time I witness the time, energy and resources thrown at "battling…See More
Jan 14
Brett Chedzoy updated an event

Silvopasture: What’s Its Potential in the Northeast? at Lake Morey Resort

January 16, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm
• Are you a forester, farmer, land manager or natural resource professional?• Have you heard the term “silvopasture” and wondered what it might actually look like in Vermont?• Are you concerned about the impacts of livestock in forested areas?Join Joseph Orefice of Paul Smith’s College and Brett Chedzoy of Cornell Cooperative Extension in this working session about the practice and possibility of silvopasture in the Northeast.Topics covered will include:• Tree spacing, selection and stocking•…See More
Jan 13
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Jan 13
Brett Chedzoy posted an event

Climate Smart Agriculture - the Role of Agroforestry at U MO

January 8, 2015 from 9am to 4pm
6th Annual symposium to be held on   January  8th    from 9:00 -3:30 Central time (CST). The theme will be Climate Smart Agriculture: The Role of Agroforestry  covering topics  such as Perennial Grains; Climate-Smart by Design; Silvopasture: Creating Climate-Smart Pastoral Systems; Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Developing Climate-Smart Soybeans; Restoration Agriculture.  ( Please see attached flyer).  Speakers include:     Dr. Thomas Sauer,       Midwest Climate Hub, USDA  ARSDr. Lee…See More
Jan 8
Keith Ohlinger replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion GMO American Chestnuts - will the King of the Eastern Forests return?
"Brett this is one where we will have to disagree. I fell in love with the Chestnut as a boy. I would play with boxes full of them from the tree outside, I knew them as horse chestnuts. I now raise some of the B3F3 chestnuts from the American…"
Dec 28, 2014
Keith Ohlinger replied to Brett Chedzoy's discussion Natural Fences
"Brett I am working on an Osage Orange fence right now. The biggest challenge was how to harvest the seeds. I could find no literature on how to do it large scale. I picked 3/4 of a full size pick-up bed of pods and each pod supposedly has about 200…"
Dec 28, 2014
Brett Chedzoy posted a discussion

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
Dec 19, 2014
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."
Dec 18, 2014
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.…"
Dec 16, 2014

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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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Allelopathy and Other Forms of Plant Supression Under Trees

Started by Brett Chedzoy Feb 11. 0 Replies

Every late summer and early fall as I walk along the edges of our pastures adjoining the woods I notice in the drier years a significant difference between forages growing inside and outside the…Continue

Feed values for fodder trees

Started by jackie milne. Last reply by jackie milne Feb 11. 2 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

Black Locust Seed

Started by Ben Hartwell . Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Feb 11. 4 Replies

Where can I find a so called straight variety of Black Locust seed?Continue

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

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Jan 28. 3 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

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