Pigging out on mulberries

Pigging out on mulberries

There’s not much I like better than mulberry season. Mulberries are the first great harvest of fruit for the year, and the trees don’t hold back their bounty. A good tree will produce many gallons of sweet, juicy berries. Our little acreage will soon have no shortage...
Double (Yes, Double) Your Feed Production

Double (Yes, Double) Your Feed Production

“The tree grows in a Bermuda pasture and is always loaded in the fall with luscious fruit. The cows and hogs stand under it, always ready to devour every pod that falls. The tree is very large and very, very beautiful. The cows improve in milk and the hogs in weight...
Persimmon: Seven months of manna from heaven

Persimmon: Seven months of manna from heaven

“Hogs, cattle, cows and horses are fond of them. I couldn’t tell which likes them better. Just turn them out and they go to the persimmon tree first thing. They just love persimmons better than anything.” Dr. Lamartine Hardman, quoted in J. Russell Smith’s Tree Crops...
Seeing the forage on the trees

Seeing the forage on the trees

Spring and fall are wonderful times to be a grass farmer. The weather is pleasant, the livestock are fat and happy, and the forages are lush. But of course, summer comes right after spring, and the lean, dry times can wipe away the memory of those beautiful lush...
Honey Locust: King of Stockpiles

Honey Locust: King of Stockpiles

Talk about winter stockpile! Do you know how much forage you have stockpiled for this winter? What would you do with 2,000 extra pounds of high-energy, self-harvested feed per acre? What about 4,000lbs? What would that do to your feed bill? How would that change your...
What Can Trees Do For Me

What Can Trees Do For Me

As someone who spends a lot of time talking with farmers about planting trees, there’s a certain phrase I’ve heard more than I can count. “Why in the world would someone do that? My granddad spent years clearing the woods so we can farm.” Nice dappled shade cast by...