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Need input whether I should chip tree limbs vs burning

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark E. Kunnemann May 15, 2023. 6 Replies

I live in south central Texas on 21 very wooded acres. I have a plan to thin the trees to open up the canopy for allowing grasses to grow. I have 31 large piles of brush which I had planned to burn,…Continue

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Mark E. Kunnemann left a comment for Brett Chedzoy
"Brett just wanted to give you a follow up on my progress. I have dismantled my brush piles into slash surrounding some clearings I wanted to grow some grass. Summer was too hot and dry in Texas so I didn't get much accomplished. Well now I have…"
Nov 20, 2023
Mark E. Kunnemann replied to Mark E. Kunnemann's discussion Need input whether I should chip tree limbs vs burning
"I had not mentioned in my original post that I had cut down 80+ trees(oak & hickory) in August/September which I delimbed and left on the ground thinking I would chip up later. I have gathered these up to make a slash windrow around the two open…"
May 15, 2023
Scott O'Bar replied to Mark E. Kunnemann's discussion Need input whether I should chip tree limbs vs burning
"I've always heard burning causes nutrients to be lost from the material. Also some carbon floats away in the form of ash/smoke. So my vote is for chipping. Exception would be if you could make bio-char, but that is labor-intensive."
May 14, 2023
Mark E. Kunnemann replied to Mark E. Kunnemann's discussion Need input whether I should chip tree limbs vs burning
"Brett that is an excellent suggestion. I have cross fenced some for the animals, but was needing to protect those two large openings. I was considering electric fence, but your suggestion I could move those piles of brush from those openings which I…"
May 1, 2023
Brett Chedzoy replied to Mark E. Kunnemann's discussion Need input whether I should chip tree limbs vs burning
"If windrowing or piling the cleared brush and trees vs. chipping and dispersing/composting, you may want to consider ways to use the windrows to your advantage either as internal "fence" divisions or to protect something that is…"
May 1, 2023
Mark E. Kunnemann replied to Mark E. Kunnemann's discussion Need input whether I should chip tree limbs vs burning
"Thanks Brett that was my thought. Also providing some moisture retention. "
Apr 26, 2023
Brett Chedzoy replied to Mark E. Kunnemann's discussion Need input whether I should chip tree limbs vs burning
"Wood is about 50% carbon on a dry-matter basis, so there's a lot of carbon in trees - as well as other nutrients.  If I were trying to rebuild the soil organic matter on a sandy soil, I would definitely want to keep as much of that biomass…"
Apr 24, 2023
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Need input whether I should chip tree limbs vs burning

I live in south central Texas on 21 very wooded acres. I have a plan to thin the trees to open up the canopy for allowing grasses to grow. I have 31 large piles of brush which I had planned to burn, then thought it might be better to chip up for carbon to improve the soil which is sand. I am using some hay and composting goat, chicken droppings which I put in 2 football size clearings which have sprinklers for watering. I know this will be labor intensive, but I am retired and enjoy being…See More
Apr 17, 2023
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Texas
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Wilson
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We have 21 wooded acres with several generations of goats. I have subdivided property with fencing to allow for rotational grazing. I am hoping to selectively clear trees to allow the establishment of some pasture/grazing areas to be created for the goats.

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Busy fall in the silvopasture world

Started by Brett Chedzoy. Last reply by Joshua Greene Jan 2. 1 Reply

Hopefully some of you have found the time to attend either the "SilvoPro" training this week in PA or maybe even the International Agroforestry Conference in Ireland.  Look forward to some updates…Continue

Feed values for fodder trees

Started by jackie milne. Last reply by Shana Hanson Oct 31, 2023. 10 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

using animal units and AU equivalents to estimate dry matter demand in silvopasture

Started by Gabe Smith Oct 26, 2023. 0 Replies

I thought of posting this in the discussion about tree fodder feed value as it has a lot of influence on this.I am working on a silvopasture that is about 6-7 acres, with the ability to set up any…Continue

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International Agroforestry Conference November 16th and 17th, Co.Cork, Ireland

Started by Maureen Kilgore Oct 6, 2023. 0 Replies

The Irish Agroforestry Forum are delighted to be hosting an International Agroforestry Conference on Farmer-led Climate Adaptation and Mitigation on Thursday, November 16th and Friday 17th, 2023 in…Continue

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