Agroforestry

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Description of agroforestry practices at the Kerr Center's Kerr Ranch, including mulch planting, contour planting, native species, alley haying, living barns, and silvipasture

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Agroforestry

  1. 1. Agroforestry and silvipasture: no matter the weather, cattle and trees go great together!
  2. 2. “Living barns” provide windbreaks in winter storms, and shade from summer heat.
  3. 3. Much of the ranch's marginal and sloping land is planted to trees...
  4. 4. ...in 2-foot deep trenches ripped 6 feet apart on the contour.
  5. 5. Loblolly pine makes up the bulk of these plantings.
  6. 6. On its better grazing acres, the ranch plants trees into rows of mulch formed by haying and raking.
  7. 7. For the first three years, hay is cut in the wide strips between rows...
  8. 8. ...but cattle are fenced out.
  9. 9. After three years, cattle can graze without damaging the young trees.
  10. 10. The Between the Lakes agroforestry project is planted in 60-foot rows: five thousand trees, including loblolly pine, sycamore, green ash, and black locust, on 5 acres, and 28 acres of pasture.
  11. 11. The New Fescue agroforesty project is planted in 90-foot rows: ten thousand trees, including green ash, bald cypress, and four species of oak, on 4 acres, and 35 acres of pasture.
  12. 12. Benefits include shelter for cattle...
  13. 13. ...and enhanced wildlife habitat.

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