Agroforestry methods have been proven as effective tools for water management. Enhancing water capture and storage in the soil can be a cost-effective solution to minimizing drought impacts in dryland farming.
Designing an agroforestry production system to fit your goals can be an excercise in frustration. Firstly, agroforestry can become complex because of the large number of moving parts. Your focus should therefore, be to design for outcomes, not unnecessary complexity. Secondly, agroforestry is plagued by a word-storm of terminology. This can leave you feeling great […]
Silvopastures can be viewed as form of insurance for ranching. They diversify forage production, add other renewable products for sale and offer social benefits to the beef sector.
The greatest advantage and challenge for agroforestry is in the diversity and complexity of these integrated systems. A potential disadvantage for agroforestry production lies in the added planning and operational monitoring needed to make these systems successful.
Beneficial management practices in silvopastures revolve around structuring and managing the system to promote positive (facilitative) interactions and minimize negative (competitive) processes between the three major components: livestock, forages and crop trees.