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Alternative to burning: environmentally sound disposal for wood chips
Date:9/29/2008

peated amendment. The incorporation of pecan pruning wood into the soil appeared to improve soil tilth and aggregation while providing growers with an environmentally acceptable means of disposal.

The practice may be an environmentally sound solution, but there is a downside. Lindemann observed; "chipping and incorporation (of wood waste) is an alternative to burning, but the practice is expensive. Depending on the size and quantity of wood and the type of self-propelled chipper, the estimated cost for chipping and incorporation in New Mexico is $120-200 per acre, whereas dragging the pruned wood to the end of the field for burning costs $30-50 per acre."

A previous article published in HortScience addressed the nutritional aspects of burning wood chips. Concerns that incorporation of wood chips would tie up nutrients proved not to be the case. According to Lindemann, further research may help refine the practices outlined in the study. He summarized; "the influence of pecan wood chip incorporation must be viewed over several years and with repeated applications for a clear picture of the beneficial and detrimental effects of this disposal method."


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Contact: Michael W. Neff
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American Society for Horticultural Science
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