This webinar will focus on managing cover crops to improve soil health in a fragile, arid region of western Oklahoma by integrating livestock and multi-species covers into a diverse no-till cropping and grazing system to increase water and nutrient cycling.
Water is often the limiting factor in both cropping and grazing systems in Oklahoma with an annual rainfall of less than 27 inches. Many producers are hesitant to adopt soil health management systems over concerns of cover crops using too much water, thereby taking away from what would be available to the cash crop. Jimmy Emmons, Dewey County, OK, farmer and rancher will discuss how using a diverse crop rotation that includes multi-species cover crops and the integration of livestock into his system have improved the health of his soils. His system on cropland includes no-till cropping, cover crops, and allowing livestock to graze cover crops, all resulting in increased soil organic matter. He will also discuss his use of multi-paddock grazing on the rangeland he manages.
The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition is a state-wide and coalition-based Extension program, housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education. Funding was sponsored by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Award #2017-70011-26861, and the Southern Risk Management Education Center Grant #545015. For more information about the program or funding, contact Kim Niewolny, Program Director and Extension Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-231-5784.
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