Planting Black Walnuts

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Planting Black Walnuts

Postby Eugene » Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:48 pm

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Five furrows marked by steel posts in green area are planted with black walnuts. Furrow cut about 1 to 2 inches deep and a black walnut dropped in about every 18 inches. Furrow flap then rolled back in place.

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Black walnuts planted along both sides of the tractor road. Two photos above are just over 1/2 of the black walnuts planted late last fall.

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Photo above. Trees in foreground are black walnut. In the level area behind the trees in the forground is another 20 or 30 black walnut trees of various ages.

Posted in the farming section because timber, including black walnuts, both the nuts and the wood, are considered a crop.

Edit. One photo moved to later post.
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Re: Planting Black Walnuts

Postby Bob McCarty » Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:10 pm

How many years until they produce? How many years until you can harvest for lumber?

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Re: Planting Black Walnuts

Postby Eugene » Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:10 pm

It takes about 15 years for a black walnut to start producing nuts. Lumber harvest depends a lot on the market, but some where after 60 years.
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In the photo, notice the tall slender trees without lower branches. They are 15 years old and have started producing nuts in the last year or two. Those trees are pruned to that shape. The idea is to provide two saw logs out of each trunk at harvest time, hopefully veneer quality logs.

The level area is actually a gravel bar. Soil is only a few inches deep. Grows trees, grass and beef.
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Re: Planting Black Walnuts

Postby Buzzard Wing » Sat Mar 27, 2010 5:26 pm

I planted some in Maine (tough to stick a shovel in the ground without hitting a rock). The deer will yank em out of the ground, but don't seem to like the taste of em. Go figure.
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