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October No. 4

Economic Analysis Walnut

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An Economic Analysis of Black Walnut Alley Cropping in Southeastern Nebraska

Black walnut is often promoted for alley cropping practices because of the income potential from nut crops and high quality lumber. However, two concerns about using black walnut in an agroforestry practice are that it, 1) takes too long to generate income, and 2) costs too much to establish the trees. Ron Heskett of Nemeha, Nebraska may have found a way to quiet any critics. By using a unique grafting method and spacing, Ron has developed a practice that will reduce costs and increase returns over the long run.

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