The cultivation of nuts can deliver important ecosystem services, among others fixation of C. Nut trees are also robust and can be cultivated with limited input of fertilizers and crop protection chemicals.
In the Netherlands the actual are planted with nut trees (walnuts and hazelnuts) amounts to approximately 100 ha. There is a growing interest of growers in the cultivation of nuts.
The actual knowledge of nut cultivation is based on research executed in the 80s and 90s and experiences from abroad. Planting the right cultivars on the right place is a prerequisite for developing sustainable nut production system. The actual knowledge in the Netherlands on cultivars, agronomical practices, storage, processing and marketing is limited, fragmented and not supported by research.
Therefore growers that want to establish a nut plantation cannot not be well advised.
In this project the recent literature on nut cultivation and agronomic practices will be summarized. Also the available new varieties that have been developed and probably are suitable for Dutch conditions will be selected. As start of a long-term monitoring of C fixation by nut trees the actual C content of trees and in the soil will be measured. A simple tool for calculating the financial aspects of nut cultivation will support growers in their farm management. The results will be communicated withe stakeholders in the nut production chain, among others the members of the Dutch Association of nut growers.
|Effective start/end date||1/01/18 → 31/12/18|