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Mixed-species forage crops can have similar benefits as traditional cover crops.
Benefits to managing for increased residue include reduced soil erosion and equipment costs.
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.
Cover crops are a tool in agricultural production just as tractors and herbicides are tools. When used correctly and with purpose, they can be effective. When used incorrectly or with unrealistic expectations, they can be harmful.
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.
Kelly Craven, Ph.D., an associate professor of microbial symbiology, discusses his work with agronomist James Rogers, Ph.D., to better understand the impacts of cover cropping and tillage practices on the microbial communities, and ultimately the health, of Oklahoma soils.
This year, the Noble Research Institute is pleased to recognize Mr. Jimmy Kinder of Walters, Oklahoma, as the 2018 recipient of the Leonard Wyatt Memorial Outstanding Cooperator Award. Jimmy Kinder and his wife, Margaret, have been cooperators with the Noble Research Institute since 2007.