I don't think their are any companies making animal feed from black locust. Just lots of small farmers around the world using it to feed their livestock, with apparently no bad effects.
It is the nitrogen fixing bacteria in the soil that attach to the roots of legumes that wind up using nitrogen out of the air and fixing the nitrogen in the soil. I have never inoculated my soil. I know that some places have the nitro fixers for sale. I think it would be highly unlikely that the bacteria is not already in your soil. I've heard 'claims' that you will get better nitrogen fixing going on if you buy their product, but I have doubts as to whether they will speed up the process any.
I'm not sure this is correct information. At least there certainly seems to be a lot of contradictory information, if you do a search on the web, such as this paper from North Carolina State University which studied black locust as goat feed and definitely recommends it. http://repository.lib.ncsu.edu/ir/handle/1840.16/5769
Plus we see goats eating it with apparently no ill-effects. So does anyone know of any other studies which agree with the post from prepared society? Could it be that they confused some other tree as black locust, which so many people seem to do?
Off The Grid wrote:
I have a piece of land I am hoping I can grow all kinds of Black Locust,
I ordered from the second in April 2011 and now have 6 1 foot seedlings which will go into the ground this fall when they are dormant. Germination rate was 75%.
Off The Grid wrote:
I ordered seeds from J L Hudson http://jlhudsonseeds.net/SeedlistQ-R.htm and I have one test one I'm trying to germinate at the moment. The packet of seeds I got for $2.50 contained quite a lot of seeds. Will be interesting to see if I can grow anything I can transplant in November.
I was wondering how much shipping and handling you had to pay in addition to the $2.50?
Can anyone recommend a different tree for living fences and/or speak about experiences with cattle and BL?
there was one marketed here as a pink wisteria tree very fast growing (not as dark pink as the purple robe)
Kathleen Sanderson wrote:Are there any black locusts that have pink flowers? If not, what tree looks just like a black locust, with the same type of flowers that are pink instead of white? There are a couple of these trees that I notice in bloom every spring, just where we go into the down-town area of Klamath Falls.