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Many factors should be considered to determine the economic value of cover crops.
Cover crops can add diversity to a system to benefit wildlife species in addition to extending the grazing season and improving soil health.
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.
Jim Johnson, soils and crops consultant, answers a rancher's questions about which cover crop species work best in Oklahoma and Texas.
Soil testing offers information that can lead to more informed decision-making and ultimately greater productivity and profitability. Sample in early spring for summer crops and in the summer for fall and winter crops.
Cool-season perennial grasses can improve seasonal forage, but successful establishment requires control of naturally reseeding ryegrass, rescuegrass and other winter annual weeds.
Noble Research Institute develops improved varieties of small grains (wheat, rye, triticale and oat) and perennial cool-season forages (tall fescue and alfalfa). Since 1956, Noble Research Institute has released 25 forage varieties.
Jim Johnson, soils and crops consultant, reviews Kodiak Brown Mustard.
We've compiled a list of helpful articles from our staff and other organizations to help you manage your operations through drought.