Repurposing With A Purpose

Repurposing With A Purpose

Since 2008 UC Agriculture and Natural Resources scientists have been studying the effects of using ground up stone fruit trees to add organic matter back into the soil. Brent Holtz, UC ANR Cooperative Extension advisor, stated that, “A lot of growers feared if we added that much carbon to the soil, that microbes breaking down the organic matter would tie up nitrogen and the trees would be stunted.” However, studies have shown this will not be the case. The UC ANR will be using an IronWolf machine to grind up stone fruit trees and incorporate them into orchards in IronWolf 700BChowchilla on February 16 at 10 a.m. Holtz encourages those who are interested to go watch the process, “The purpose of this demonstration is to see if this method of orchard removal will be competitive with the tub grinding process, and become an economically viable alternative that improves soil organic matter and fertility.”

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