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.”
The planned agenda is as follows:
9:00 Coffee and conversation
9:30 Welcome and introductions
10:00 Grafting Demonstrations   
Noon Lunch
1:00 Scionwood Swap
Lunch will be available at the farm for $8. Please RSVP to Sara Jean Peters (417-275-4422) or Vern Spaunhorst (636-239-7479) by May 3rd so our host can complete the food arrangements. As an added incentive, those who RSVP by May 3rd will be entered into the drawing for a free lunch. Please bring lawn chairs as seating is limited.

Don’t forget to bring your cooler and cold packs, plastic bags, and marking pens if you plan to participate in the scionwood exchange.  
Directions to the Marsh Property: From US Hwy 60/State Hwy VV (Mill Street) interchange in Rogersville go South. At 3.2 miles on VV, turn left on State Hwy U. At 1.9 miles on U, turn right on Spring Hill Road. At 2.0 miles on Spring Hill Road, turn left on Patterson Rd. Destination is 718 Patterson Rd on left at 0.5 miles. 

 Did you miss a turn?  Call 417-753-7184.
Other Meetings of Interest
April 22, 2017. Spring Meeting SW Missouri Fruit and Nut Growers Association. 804 Franklin Street, Sarcoxie. 9:00 a.m. Scionwood exchange as well as other horticultural items. Potluck lunch. For details, contact Phil Moore at

April 23, 2017. Grafting school at 721 Cardinal Rd, Pleasant Hill, MO at 2:00 PM. This is the barn just south of where the MO PAC Trail turns off of Cardinal Road. Sponsored by the Missouri Nut Growers Association.

June 9-11, 2017. Annual meeting. Chestnut Growers of America. Carrollton, OH. Registration deadline is May 29, 2017. Details available at their website:   
June 11-14, 2017. Walnut Council Annual Meeting. Lafayette, IN. Details on the Walnut Council website at :  

August 13-16, 2017. Northern Nut Growers Association Annual Meeting. Tifton, GA. Details on the NNGA website: http:///
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