No-till Producer, Leedey, OK

The third generation on his family's farm, Jimmy Emmons farms nearly 2,000 acres in Dewey County, OK. He has several diverse crops: wheat, irrigated dairy alfalfa hay, wheat-canola rotation and a cow-calf operation. He began to use cover crops three years ago as a way to improve soil health. He was curious about the water use of cover and invested in soil moisture probes to assess how much water they were actually using. He is also looking at cover crops as a forage source for cattle and what might be done to heal native grass pastures with cover crops. He has been on the Dewey County Conservation District board since 2007 and serves as the Oklahoma Association of Conservation District’s vice president. Since 2000, he has been part of the Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma for the Next Generation of Young Producers. He has been active in soil health monitoring and cover crops since 2012.