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Jim Johnson, soils and crops consultant, reviews Bayou Rape Kale Hybrid.
Wind and water carries tons of topsoil, the foundation of life, away from farmland each year. The soil, and its ability to produce food, slowly weakens. Farmers and ranchers are increasingly adopting an old-time armor for soil: cover crops. But they have many questions that still need answered.
Advanced line trials will be evaluated in 2019 for performance in a broader range of geographic areas as a step toward release of commercial cultivars adapted for us as cover crops.
In May 2017, the cover crop breeding network met to identify plant species and traits that would be evaluated and improved for use as cover crops across the U.S.
In addition to advanced line trials, sensor box validation trials were initiated in 2020 at each collaborator site to develop prediction models using height.
Noble Research Institute staff have experimented with growing cover crops in various environments in the Ardmore, Oklahoma, area over the past several years. Here are some observations.