Converting from conventional cropping to regenerative practices can be a challenge in the early years. Noble Research Institute ranch manager Kevin Pierce shares what he’s learning as he plants cover crops to build soil health on Red River Ranch.
Cover crops have gained a great deal of popularity in the past several years. Producers often contact us wanting information about which cover crop they should grow. Before we can give a good answer, we must first ask and answer a multitude of other questions.
The pitter-patter of raindrops on a roof is music to a rancher’s ears. Unfortunately, those moments have been few and far between in 2022. But all is not lost when it comes to growing forage for the winter.
Oklahoma rancher with 25 years of soil-building experience uses no-till and cover crops to improve his soil biology.
The executive director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research shares an interest in cover crops.
Cover crops can boost soil health. But there is much to learn about which species work best in Oklahoma and Texas.
Noble researchers are testing how cover crops can be grown as summer forage.
An agricultural consultant took to the field when posed with a rancher’s question about cover crops.
A resurging interest in cover crops raises a new set of practical questions from farmers looking to improve soil health with “green manure.”
There are many variables to consider when deciding if cover crops fit into a cropping system. For the purposes of this article, a cover crop is defined as a crop grown between cash crops with the primary intent of noncash benefits, such as soil heath, erosion control, weed suppression, etc. Following are three topic areas relative to cover crops that are discussed frequently among Noble Research Institute consultants.