Improved Black Locust Cultivars

Ron Wenrich woodtick at lebmofo.com
Fri Dec 5 06:04:58 EST 1997



ForestFair wrote:

>  byurish at asrr.arsusda.gov <Brad Yurish>  wrote:
>
> >Hello, We are studying the agroforestry potential of black locust
> trees
> >here in WV and are in need of some improved BL seeds...
>
> Who buys black locust, and for what purpose(s)?  Once farmers stopped building
> fences, the demand for black locust disappeared in much of the Northeast.  More
> effort is spent in attempts to eradicate black locust than to grow it.  Is
> there a hidden market out there?
>
> ForestFair at aol.com

There still is a demand for fence posts.  Locust can also be sawn into cross ties.
Some larger locust has been sawn for timbers for pole buildings, and have seen some
used for new sills.  Locust is a great nitfogen fixator for soils.

RDW





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