All We Know for Sure is What Not to Do Again - Good Management Comes From Trial and ErrorThu, 08 Feb 2018 12:30:44 CST
Cattle and Forage Manager Yates Adcock and his wife, Nancy, discovered early on that in order to stay in business on their private ranching operation in Dustin, Okla. and other properties they manage, they would need to rethink how their traditional management strategies. From this realization, Adcock began the process of trial and error in an effort to become more sustainable and a better steward of the land. He sat down with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn recently at the No-Till on the Plains Winter Conference in Wichita to discuss the various successes he has enjoyed from employing conservationist practices on his land. Listen to their full conversation, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
Of the many things Adcock has tried over the years on his property, several things proved successful and therefor have stuck. Today, much of the focus in Adcock’s range management revolves around building healthy soil, using rotational grazing, electric fencing, water systems and rest and burn cycles on his pastures to accomplish that. Adcock has also taken a systems approach on his operation, introducing forages that cover nutritional gaps for livestock while developing genetics that work in the southeastern Oklahoma environment.
“We have a series of goals on our operation - sustainability being one, but being good stewards of what God has entrusted to our care is another,” Adcock said. “Some things have just been rather beneficial to us and some things we just absolutely don’t want to do again. But definitely implementing no-till into our program has been a blessing. We’ve lowered our costs, retained our moisture and we don’t have to do all the conventional tillage that we did.”
Adcock presented to farmers in attendance at the conference to explain how he has developed his own management system tailored to his specific needs and goals. The take-away message he hopes to have imparted for his audience was to not get discouraged when starting out with the implementation of your own system. He insists there is no one size fits all solution to conservation. He says farmers must experiment to find what systems work on their own individual operation.
“Everybody has their own advantages that is specific to their geographic location and also their skillset that they have. You really have to evaluate that and see how it matches your goals and what resources you have,” he advised. “There’s no cookie-cutter mentality for any of this.”
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