Low-calorie chestnuts are poised for marketplace
mhagen at olympus.net
Sun Jun 16 19:32:45 EST 2002
K Davies wrote:
> Daniel B. Wheeler wrote:
>> mh <mhagen at olympus.net> wrote in message
>> news:<3D0A134C.1010601 at olympus.net>... [snip]
>>> What does a ton of chestnuts sell for? Age to maturity? There are
>>> so many cutover lands going to Bigleaf Maple around here I have to
>>> wonder about a more productive hardwood.
>> If you live in a Mediterranean climate (such as the Pacific Northwest)
>> chestnut regeneration can occur at over 1,000 feet elevation and on
>> well-drained slopes. In fact, the better drained, the more likely that
>> chestnut blight will not be a management factor.
>> I don't know what the current value for chestnuts is per pound. But
>> Russel J. Smith's Tree Crops has an excellent section on chestnuts.
> See http://www.daviesand.com/Papers/Tree_Crops/Northern_Tree_Crops/ all
> the way down to the bottom of the page where there's a table with some
> yield and price info. Prices are about 5 years old, be careful with them.
Very interesting. Thanks Karl. I've got 10 inches of mediocre Elwha
soil on glacial till. It seems high quality tree crops ought to be
grown on agricultural soils, not what we have left as forest soils. I'd
guess that poor soils would slow growth and increase pests.
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