Cornyn discussed on Regenerative Agriculture Podcast

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And then you'd think that would choke out that fescue now. Fescue grew so much better under that canopy. So it just really really changed the productivity of that pasture it got made thinking about sunlight and sunlight capture. I think we really really overestimate our ability to capture sunlight and so much of our astronomic systems. Don't capture sunlight at all if you look at corn soybean rotation how many months out of the year do we actually capture sunlight so only sixty days or so peak period actually from cornyn forty five days of peak photosynthesis. Yeah i mean. Said a pasture can be more profitable than a cornfield in awe candidates. Well the unfair advantage of pastures that you can design that pasture to capture sunlight over a much longer period of time. You can operate big photosynthesis for a long period of time. You can't on a cornfield if you are growing. Corn in a monoculture cover crops no companions. You are not operating the synthesis but just a small fraction of the year and that experience really made me start thinking about our solar efficiency and of course that you know a cool season grass does not operate at peak efficiency in july and august. So what chain did was. He introduced some warm warm season species. That could make better use of that sunlight in the keep of summer period. You know what people on in fescue pasture aries all summer slum. Why not let a more productive plant species get first crack at that sunlight and then it got me thinking about temperature relations. How come that fescue grew better underneath that canopy than it did in full sunlight fescue grows better in october than it doesn't july. There's half sunlight. I don't know the the actual fraction with as far less sunlight in october. Lesion july should by putting that canopy it essentially as far as the fescue is concerned..

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