Grinding up entire almond orchards and incorporating the woody biomass into the soil is having positive impacts on soil quality and possibly carbon sequestration. Research launched seven years ago by farm advisor Brent Holtz, University of California Cooperative Extension San Joaquin County, now reveals that nutrients in wood are slowly released over time and provide a healthy growing environment for young trees. Holtz recently received a $145,000 grant from Almond Board of California (ABC), plus funds through a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the USDA, to explore the feasibility of whole almond orchard recycling at additional sites and under different conditions. To date, he says soil analyses of orchard recycled sites and the health of second-generation almond trees to date is yielding evidence that the practice mimics the ultimate sustainable system - Mother Nature.
Orchard recycling: Newly-planted almond trees benefitting from incorporated biomass
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