SCIENTIFIC NURSERY PRACTICES
Over the years, Woodford has developed and refined its method of creating heavily mychorizal saplings ready for planting into the orchard. Techniques have been garnered from research across the globe. With our international consultants regularly visiting and bringing new found techniques, we are constantly up to date with new developements in the truffle industry. Together, all our South African partner farmers bring their experience and knowledge to the party and in turn advance the groups knowledge of local conditions.
The technology developed and used by us to produce "truffle trees" is novel and has huge advantages over generaly used technology. Our sterile environments and DNA certification ensures superior saplings with thorough mychorizhal colinisation and thus ultimately higher profit margins. High inoculation levels, guarantees colonisation, health and vigour before the truffle trees are supplied to the plantation location. We use large container cultivation ensuring good root development.
MAPPING - SITE ANALYSIS
If you are interested in becoming a Truffle Farmer, your land should fall into a specific set of criteria that can be checked via our extensive database at hand. You need to send us your GPS co-ordinates. These can be found by setting a place marker in Google Maps, and sending this to us.
PROBES - DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS
Soil probes are used to record soil moisture and temperatures patterns. The probes give us an idea of how the tree roots are doing throughout the year and whether there is an adequate soild moisture content.
WEATHER STATIONS - STAY ON TRACK
With our database of site temperatures across South Africa, we can check to see if your land falls into the recomended cold unit measurements. We install as part of the JV Contract a weather station on site that records hourly temperature data.
SOIL & LEAF SAMPLING - CORRECTING DEFICIENCIES
Annual soil samples are taken to determine the soil health and pH. Leaf samples are taken only if we suspect a mineral deficiency.
Soil health is important, as we are growing roots on which the truffles mycelium grows. Pests and predators that live in the soil, can degrade the quality of the truffle produced, this needs to be managed. The mychorizha lives on the roots in symbiosis with the host tree, its health is our major concern.
Having the ability to irrigate is important, especially closer to the fruiting period. We insist on all JV partners truffle orchards to be equipped with an irrigation system.