Conversion of an oak seed orchard to oak silvopastureThis article is part of a larger document. View the larger document here.
The potential of hardwood silvopasture has yet to be realized in the Southeastern United States. The decommissioning of the Stauffer Nursery, Opelika, AL, provided the opportunity to intensively research hardwood silvopasture using various oak species. Average crown diameter ranged from 5.9 feet in white oak (Quercus alba) to 10.7 feet in Nuttall oak (Q. nuttallii Palmer). Nuttall oak trees had significantly larger diameters, greater heights, and clear stem lengths than any of the other measured species, while white oak trees have the lowest values. Willow oak (Q. phellos L.) and cherrybark oak (Q. pagoda Raf.) averages are comparable.