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Despite extended severe drought conditions across Oklahoma, early spring inspections find Scott’s pastures teeming with arrowleaf clover, hairy and common vetch, and crimson clover. Image Dan Crummett

Direct Use of Cover Crops Boosts Beef Production

While cover crop discussions usually hover around soil health & managing residue in row crops, many graziers realize profitable returns from using covers as high-quality forage.

In 2015, Jack Gorczyca retired from his 33-year career as an ag teacher, bought a Case 550 dozer and set about preparing 160 acres of hilly, timbered land as the basis of a full-time cattle operation. At the time, he says the land would have struggled to support 15 cows

Today, after clearing the quarter section of nearly everything but red oak and pecan trees, Gorczyca runs a thriving 100-head registered Brangus herd on the…

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Dan Crummett

Dan Crummett has more than 30 years in regional and national agricultural journalism including editing state farm magazines, web-based machinery reporting and has an interest in no-till and conservation tillage. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Oklahoma State Univ.
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The National Strip-Tillage Conference returns August 8-9, 2024! Build and refine your strip-till system with dozens of new ideas and connections at the 11th Annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Madison, Wis. Aug. 8-9, 2024. Experience an energizing 2-day agenda featuring inspiring general session speakers, expert-led Strip-Till Classrooms and collaborative Strip-Till Roundtables. Plus, Certified Crop Adviser credits will be offered.

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