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What Went Wrong With My Soil Analysis?

Started Sep 2, 2023 0 Replies

I realize this is a longshot to post this here, but perhaps someone could forward this to an agronomist or soil scientist colleague of theirs to get an answer to this.I sent the same soil samples to…Continue

Virtual Fence

Started Aug 28, 2023 0 Replies

I've been hearing a lot about virtual fencing lately on podcasts I'm subscribed to. It sounds like a real game changer especially for a silvopasture context. Are any of you using virtual fencing?I'm…Continue

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Are There Many Viable Careers in Agroforestry?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott O'Bar Jul 23, 2023. 4 Replies

Most of my opinions about getting a job based on agroforestry / regenerative agriculture stem from the time I was fresh out of college a little over one decade ago.At that time I was considering…Continue

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Scott O'Bar might attend Gabe Smith's event

Silvopasture on a shoestring at Shelterbelt Farm

October 21, 2023 from 1pm to 4pm
Agroforestry is an umbrella term encompassing 5 farm practices: alley cropping, forest farming, riparian buffers, windbreaks, and silvopasture (the combination of trees and grazing livestock). Shelterbelt Farm has been experimenting with "silvopasture on a shoestring", which will be the focus of this tour. They've been asking, "what's the least amount of money and labor you can invest in planting trees into pasture and still get worthwhile results?" Farmer Erica Frenay will introduce you to…See More
Oct 24, 2023
Scott O'Bar replied to Casey Pfeifer's discussion Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment
"At first I was thinking about ordering 50-60 of the 3gal. ones. But then I realized costs add up. The total would be quite a bit. Then of course all those pots need to be filled with soil, and it's a hassle to try and scrape topsoil out of the…"
Sep 7, 2023
Scott O'Bar replied to Casey Pfeifer's discussion Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment
"I also found a source here for 1 gallon pots. They look like the same exact product to me.  https://www.marleysplanet.com/es/rootbuilder-1-gallon My question to you and anyone else who's reading, do you think it would be OK to grow a tree…"
Sep 7, 2023
Scott O'Bar replied to Casey Pfeifer's discussion Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment
"These are the only options for air-pruning pots I've found in Peru: https://perugrow.com/tienda/macetas-smart-pot/ https://agriplant.com.pe/product/maceta-ercole/ https://agriplant.com.pe/product/maceta-rete/ Of which, I think probably the…"
Sep 7, 2023
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What Went Wrong With My Soil Analysis?

I realize this is a longshot to post this here, but perhaps someone could forward this to an agronomist or soil scientist colleague of theirs to get an answer to this.I sent the same soil samples to different labs. One lab conducted a more traditional soil test, which included available P using a Modified Olsen Extract. NaHCO3 =0.5M, pH 8.5 Esp. VisThe other lab tested for total elements using ICP OES.The lab that tested for total P using ICP OES, showed less than 0.5mg P per kilogram of soil…See More
Sep 2, 2023
Scott O'Bar replied to Casey Pfeifer's discussion Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment
"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zhTsYgfuyQ That's the video I was talking about. I preferred just reading the transcript. How much land are you planting in Tennessee? You don't want to transplant to the field in late autumn? I have family…"
Aug 28, 2023
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Virtual Fence

I've been hearing a lot about virtual fencing lately on podcasts I'm subscribed to. It sounds like a real game changer especially for a silvopasture context. Are any of you using virtual fencing?I'm very interested right now, although I have a feeling competition will increase over the next couple years, and we will see the prices go way down on such systems. Maybe there will even be a couple open-source options available.See More
Aug 28, 2023
Scott O'Bar replied to Casey Pfeifer's discussion Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment
"Have you heard of the work of Ernst Gotsch? I was amazed to learn about his work in tropical Brazil where he started with a heavily degraded landscape with pH of 3.7- 4.5. and he reforested the entire area. The property and surrounding landscapes…"
Aug 27, 2023
Scott O'Bar replied to Casey Pfeifer's discussion Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment
"Thanks for the kind words about my book. It's kind of ironic as I'm also a resident of Tennessee now. I had so many epiphanies watching those videos that you linked to. I wish someone would've taught me that 15 years ago.…"
Aug 27, 2023
Scott O'Bar replied to Casey Pfeifer's discussion Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment
"I didn't know the mechanism of action for those air-prune pots. Thanks for sharing. I will watch those videos too. Nowadays, I'm more interested in direct-sowing seeds as I believe that they are better off by being able to develop their…"
Aug 15, 2023
Scott O'Bar replied to Casey Pfeifer's discussion Methods For Growing Lots Of Trees In A Small Footprint For Cost-Effective Silvopasture Establishment
"Cool. What part of Tennessee is this? I'm familiar with the concept of air-pruning pots. I do believe they are effective in what they claim to be able to do, although I have no experience myself. Does anyone know what happens to tree species…"
Jul 24, 2023
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Jul 24, 2023
Scott O'Bar replied to Scott O'Bar's discussion Are There Many Viable Careers in Agroforestry?
"Thanks for the long and detailed response. I appreciate your perspective. It sounds like it is just a matter of understanding one's own pursuits and preferences. It's helpful to know of some real examples of actual jobs available in order…"
Jul 23, 2023
Robbie Coville replied to Scott O'Bar's discussion Are There Many Viable Careers in Agroforestry?
"Zooming in on your specific situation/second question: a practical Associates degree, with in-field experience, and the ability to speak English and Spanish fluently seems like a great background for job applications. From there I’d consider…"
Jun 23, 2023
Robbie Coville replied to Scott O'Bar's discussion Are There Many Viable Careers in Agroforestry?
"Thanks for this good question Scott. It took me a while to find work focused on agroforestry, and I would have agreed with your post completely a few years ago, but thankfully there is some progress. Here’s some big picture thoughts specific…"
Jun 23, 2023
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San Martin
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Peru
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I'm planning to mantain our 10 hectare reforestation project with ruminant animals.

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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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