Growing crops between rows in pre-production years is a good option to improve cash flow. Hovel planted hazelnuts along with blueberries and evergreens on 6 acres of a 40-acre mountainous field. The image on the right is an ideal acre design for a hazelnut plantation, easy to implement due to the ease of tiling the design and the main thing to keep in mind is that this makes it easier to harvest. Hazelnuts can also be cultivated among other wild crops or pastures, as they provide acres of habitat for bumblebees and other key pollinators that are on the verge of extinction due to heavy use of pesticides and the loss of grass, clovers and flowers.
Hazelnuts won because, on the one hand, labor needs seemed more compatible with the family's work of producing dairy products and growing 1,400 acres of corn, soybeans, alfalfa, winter wheat and a cover crop of rye as fodder. And it is the subject of an ambitious effort to convince farmers to plant one million hybrid hazelnut shrubs in the upper Midwest, using the plant's deep roots to prevent land runoff and agricultural chemicals while offering farmers a new source of income.