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Oklahoma Land Stewardship Alliance, NRCS, OSU Extension to Host Oklahoma Soil Health and Cover Crop

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:48:40 CDT

Oklahoma Land Stewardship Alliance, NRCS, OSU Extension to Host Oklahoma Soil Health and Cover Crop

Oklahoma Land Stewardship Alliance, NRCS, OSU Extension to host Oklahoma Soil Health and Cover Crop seminars at NW Technology Center in Alva on March 30th and at Redlands Community College Campus in El Reno on March 31, 2016. Soil health experts Gabe Brown and Ray Archuleta to speak.

As part of their ongoing commitment to help production agriculture in Oklahoma and the Great Plains region of the United States, NRCS, OSU, and OLSA will be hosting two Oklahoma Soil Health Seminars. The first will be at the Northwest Technology Center campus in Alva on March 30. The second will be on the Redlands Community College Campus in El Reno on March 31.

Soil health is a growing concern worldwide and is a high priority for NRCS and OSU Extension.

It is exciting to have North Dakota rancher Gabe Brown and Ray Archuleta, NRCS soil scientist from Missouri sharing their knowledge of building soil here in Oklahoma. Jason Warren will be presenting information about the ongoing cover crop research from Lahoma.

Fifteen years ago Gabe Brown's soil organic matter was under two percent, today it is over six percent. He has accomplished this with cover crops and grazing. Last year his corn crop was better than his home county average and all he purchased was seed. At six per cent organic matter, his soil provided all the nutrients and water he needed.

Ray Archuleta is a Regional Soil Health Specialist for the NRCS Soil Health Division. He has 31 years experience working with farmers to improve their soils and teaching Biomimicry Strategies and Agroecology Principles. He is a very popular speaker for conferences related to soil health.

"We are very excited to partner with NRCS, OSU, and OLSA to host this event," said Jack Bryant, President of Redlands Community College. "Hosting soil health pioneers Gabe Brown and Ray Archuleta provides a great opportunity to showcase what agriculture producers can do to improve their bottom line and better prepare their operations to withstand extreme weather events through improving the health of their soil." "There are no two individuals with more practical experience improving the health of the soil than Gabe Brown and Ray Archuleta."

Issues to be discussed at the event include slake and infiltration demonstrations, the makeup of the soil, the tools to regenerate our soil, Oklahoma cover crop data, rangeland and cropland regeneration examples, how to stack enterprises for regeneration and profit, and ideas on how to incorporate soil health methods into your operation.

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by March 25 by calling Kim Barker at 580-732-0244 for either event or for El Reno online at https://www.redlandscc.edu/index.php?q=content/redlands-field-day or by calling Clay Pope at 405-699-2087. There is no charge for the meeting and lunch will be provided by Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma. Additional sponsors for the event include USDA NRCS, USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the Natural Resources Defense Council, USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub, and the South Central Climate Science Center.

Registration will begin at 8:30 at each location, NW Technology Center located at 1801 S. 11th Street, Alva, OK or Redlands Community College Conference Center located at 1300 S. Country Club Road in El Reno. For more information contact Kim Barker at 580-732-0244.


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