Ag Burning Pt 2 Sept 9
Specifically in orchards those materials in most cases were hauled off to a co-generation plant to make energy. The number of those CoGen plants has been significantly declining here recently because they lose their power purchase agreements with the utility companies and therefore they shut down. And so therefore, we lost a very important stream of our ability to send our materials.
Incentive funding is available.
Part of the incentive funding is giving growers the ability to incorporate back into the soil, and they'll pay you some money to do that. In some cases, there is still the desire to haul the material off.
Reincorporating, the chips into the soil is being discussed.
Not only do you have these chips that you reincorporate in the soil, but this comes at a time when we're experiencing significant drought. You know, these materials don't break down very quickly without adding water and nitrogen to it. That is definitely a concern for some growers reincorporated. And so for some, they want to continue to find some other avenue for it to remove that wood waste from the field, particularly if it's maybe for some growers. They just don't want the wood back in there. But secondarily, it could be diseased wood that becomes an issue as well.