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Oklahoma Conservation Commission - Cover Crops and Soil Health - Where to Begin

Thu, 09 Jan 2020 09:18:56 CST



2020 Conservation Vision


Cover Crops and Soil Health - Where to Begin
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Hosted by Deer Creek Conservation District
300 S. Broadway
Weatherford, OK 73096
Please RSVP by January 27th - 580-722-7670
Email: deercreekcd@conservation.ok.gov



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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