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Mixed-species forage crops can have similar benefits as traditional cover crops.
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.
Without fire on rangelands, many of the soil health building principles are much harder to achieve.
Sally Rockey, Ph.D., Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research executive director, shares her perspective on why FFAR's and the Noble Research Institute's investment in cover crops, and ultimately soil health, is important.
Cover crops can boost soil health. But there is much to learn about which species work best in Oklahoma and Texas.
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.
The Noble Research Institute is screening natural diversity for root traits in crop and pasture species. With new knowledge, breeding programs can release cultivars with improved root systems.