Cover crops can provide soil health benefits, but it is important to have a plan. Before growing cover crops, producers should consider goals, herbicide and pesticide use, and available resources.
Specialty crop growers can use protected agriculture technologies to manage risks associated with growing fruits and vegetables in unpredictable, often extreme weather events. Technologies include raised beds equipped with plastic mulch film, floating crop covers, low tunnels and high tunnel hoop houses.
Most cattle producers in the Southern Great Plains follow a spring calving season rather than a fall calving season. There are economic trade-offs in both scenarios.
Producers should check all labels and agreements for restrictions before saving seed. Seed can be protected through the Plant Variety Protection Act, patents and contracts.
Success and long-term viability for most agricultural enterprises ultimately hinges on the health of their soil. This is true for beef operations in the Southern Great Plains to row crop farms in the Midwest.