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In Case You Missed It- Jimmy Emmons Talks No-Till, Cover Crops and Soil Health with Ron Hays In the Field

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 06:28:47 CDT

In Case You Missed It- Jimmy Emmons Talks No-Till, Cover Crops and Soil Health with Ron Hays In the Field Soil Health is developing into a movement that many farmers across the country are buying into- using practices like no-till, crop rotation, cover crops and more. And one of the leaders of this movement in Oklahoma is Dewey County wheat and canola farmer Jimmy Emmons. Emmons, currently serving as the Vice President of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, started incorporating no- till into his farming operation in 1995- and now has a complete no-till operation, defining that as "a compelete no till operation is zero till- it would be no tillage, no vertical tillage and you would be just opening a small slot in the ground to place the seed in the residue and the dirt."

Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays talked with Jimmy Emmons about his efforts to improve soil health on his farm in western Oklahoma on his In the Farm segment seen on Saturday on KWTV, News9 in Oklahoma City. In case you missed it- you can click on the PLAY button below to see their conversation.

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Hays also talked off camera with Emmons about his career in no till farming and how cover crops have been a net positive for him in building up organic matter in the soil and preserving soil moisture in the arid farming conditions that are the norm in Leedey, Oklahoma.

Emmons tells Hays that one of the things he has learned in managing cover crops following wheat or canola harvest is that you plant the crop but plan to only leave the cover crop on for a limited amount of time- "the timing of termination is critical- we have actually proven on our farm if you'll grow it for 45 or 50 days and then terminate it, without grazing it, we can bank three to four inches of water in front of that next crop in a typical no till operation."

You can hear their off camera conversation where they get into greater detail about the system of practices that can result in soil health by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.

You can also read a feature profile about Jimmy Emmons, courtesy of the Natural Resource Conservation Districts of USDA, by clicking here.


Ron Hays talks Soil Health with No Till Farmer Jimmy Emmons of Leedey, Oklahoma
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