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Oklahoma Conservation Commission - Converting to No-Till with Cover Crops

Thu, 09 Jan 2020 09:13:40 CST

2020 Conservation Vision

Converting to No-Till with Cover Crops - Day 2
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Hosted by Harmon County Conservation District

Driving Directions: From the intersection of Hwy 30 and 62 in Hollis go North 3 miles to Hwy 62 and E1580 and then go East 3/4 mile. The site is on the North side of the road.

Driving down the road it's easy to see the differences in agricultural practices of 2020 compared to those of decades ago. In many instances, even at a glance, it's obvious that the answers to success and sustainability are changing.

The U.S. Census of Agriculture, offers proof to this perception. What it shows is that between 2012 and 2017 -- the two latest releases of the Ag Census -- Oklahoma farmers and ranchers in cooperation with the Conservation Partnership had put in the time and hard work to increase Soil Health practices. The 2017 U.S. Census of Agriculture - released by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) - showed that in Oklahoma, compared to 2012, there was a 24 percent increase in the number of farms using cover crops, a 51 percent increase in acres using cover crops, and a 29 percent decrease in intensive tillage practices.
On a national scale, the report shows that Oklahoma is seventh in the nation for the largest decrease in cropland acreage using conventional tillage practices.

Early in 2020, numerous Oklahoma producers will have the opportunity to learn about specific conservation efforts that can be used on their farms and ranches.


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