Summer 2012 Newsletter

The Budders have Arrived!

Summer field budding is in full swing with our loyal  budding team of 40 years.   As shown, All Seasons Hackberry is being chip budded for the Spring 2014 one year crop.
We have selected All Seasons for it’s uniform crown shape and it’s drought, wind and pollution tolerance.

Introducing New Varieties…

Kentucky Coffeetree

Gymnocladus dioicus

Gymnocladus dioicusKentucky Coffeetree is a relatively fast growing tree and can grow up to 70 feet in height with a spread of 40-50 feet. Ascending branches form a narrow oval crown broadening with age.  New growth is tinged pink turning bluish green in summer.

Native to the North American Midwest with yellow fall foliage and a hardiness of  Zones 3 to 8, this drought resistant native is gaining popularity with urban tree planting professionals for parkways and medians. We have  excellent quality bareroot Kentucky Coffeetree liners available for Spring 2013.

Managing Fallow Ground

During the dry summer months we grow Sudan grass as a cover crop on our open fields.  Around June 1st, Sudan seed is planted and by September it is common to have Sudan grass 8 feet tall. We irrigate and can yield  7000 pounds of dry matter per acre. In the fall we plow the cover crop under and replant winter Rye grain when the field is left fallow for another year.

Out and About

Visit us at Farwest Show. We will be in Booth 21049/22050.

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