This reminds of a book that I just finished reading, called
"Tree Crops" by Joseph Russell Smith. Originally written in
1929 with a second edition in the 50's, Smith seems tireless
in his pursuit of using tree crops instead of or with the more
traditional agricultural crops for human and animal forage. He
does address the erosion problem, especially concerning corn.
Perhaps Smith was way ahead of his time, or simply trying to get
back to good basics. It's certainly worth reading.
In article <26415 at well.sf.ca.us>, hank at well.sf.ca.us (Hank Roberts) writes:
|>|> An old friend, not on the Net, will be visiting soon. He's involved
|> with the American Chestnut Foundation (reviving the blighted species here)
|> and with nut growers worldwide. He's visiting the (Oregon) Northern Nug
|> Growers in early August, then flying to China for a program in mid-August.
|>|> Meanwhile he'll be here and get a tour of the net. Questions invited; if
|> anyone's interested in the area I'd like to introduce you and him online.
|>|> He's working on replacing corn/wheat/soybeans with nut trees like the
|> hazelnut which are fire-adapted, and can be harvested using blueberry
|> machinery (shaking the nuts loose). The trees are coppiced, and cut back
|> every few years as though they'd been in a natural fire, to regrow.
|>|> Yields and price to farmer look better (while these are still a delicacy
|> nut, at least) than for standard crops; there's ground cover year round,
|> better for erosion control; coppice wood is salable/burnable.
|>|> Questions welcome to this account -- better email as well as post since
|> the bionet group lasts only about 24-48 hours on my host system and
|> I don't want to miss comments.