May 6, 2017 MNGA Spring Grafting Meeting. This year’s MNGA Spring Grafting Meeting and Scionwood Exchange will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 and hosted by Robert Marsh at his orchard, located at 718 Patterson Road, Rogersville, MO 65742. We will open for conversation and coffee at 9:00 a.m. before beginning the meeting at 9:30 a.m.
Robert has a variety of tree species including walnut, pecan, hazelnut and Chinese chestnuts. He also will be receiving agroforestry funding via the USDA for replacing empty tree spaces along with intercropping honey locust and grafting them to thornless/high pod production trees. Lespedeza thunbergii (shrub lespedeza or bush clover) will be planted along the pecan row for nitrogen (flash grazing to release nitrogen when needed). Robert explained, “I love eating nuts. There are a lot of black walnuts on the farm but they’re too bitter for me (just found one that is not!). I noted in drought, the only green grass is found under honey locusts and walnut trees. In planning our silviculture/intercropping system, it seemed a natural to plant nut trees for nuts we love to eat.”