Persimmon Update – Yield Information?

Update – On vacation this week, so am having alot more time than usual to research obscure historical Hog feeding facts.  Did find a little more information on Persimmons though…Yield data is difficult to find on American Persimmons, but this link did list the yield at 35-75 pounds per tree.  With a planting of 100 trees to the acre, that works out to 3500 to 7500 pounds of persimmons to the acre.  Whew…seems like alot.  Another link lists the yield at 5-7 Tons/Acre.  Tree Crops lists some nutrition for Persimmons in its appendix.  The Persimmon is listed as having 35.17% Total Solids, .78 % Ash, .88% Protein, 31.74% Sugars, and 1.43% Crude Fiber.

Also found the following that was quoted out of a USDA Farmers Bulletin #686 written in 1915, “The Native Persimmon”:

“The planting plan varies with the type of tree desired.  If it seems desirable to grow low-headed trees with the expectation of producing large fruit that can be readily picked by hand, the permanent trees should be placed at least 16 or, better still, 20 feet apart each way. If, however, a large bulk of fruit is desired as stock feed to be scraped from the ground or picked up by animals, a fair degree of success may be expected if the trees are planted 10 feet apart each way.”

“Probably the persimmon can be more successfully intercropped than any other fruit tree, owing to the depth of its root system.  Blackberries, dewberries, strawberries, and vegetables thrive very well among persimmons until the shade becomes too dense. When the trees shade the ground, it is best to seed down the orchard if it is to be used as a run for chickens, calves, pigs, or other animals and the fruit used as stock feed.”

“Probably the most common use of the fruit is as feed for hogs. As a rule, the hogs are merely turned loose in lots where persimmon trees have come up naturally. Some, however, who appreciate the value of this fruit as stock feed have set out orchards in order to provide a definite supply for this purpose. If varieties are selected which ripen in a continuous sequence, the fruit will, in some sections, furnish forage for hogs from the last of August until early winter. A small area devoted to persimmons can thus be made a valuable asset for any general farm located in a persimmon district which includes hogs among its stock.”

Still need to understand how many Hogs can feed from an acre of Persimmons…have found a few clues, but nothing definitive.  Maybe can research the above nutrition information and convert to Hog feed…

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  1. David,

    This is good information. I planned on planting some persimmons at my place to feed the hogs on hoping that it would be a successful endeavor. I hadn’t researched this area a whole lot, but I thought since I loved persimmons the pigs would too. Thanks for breaking it down for me.

    Interesting site. I plan on coming back. Keep up the good work!

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