No-till Producer and Stockman, Leedey, OK
The third generation on his family’s farm, Jimmy Emmons farms nearly 2,000 acres in Dewey County, OK, with wheat, irrigated dairy alfalfa hay, wheat-canola rotation and a cow-calf operation. He began to use cover crops five years ago to improve soil health. He invested in soil moisture probes to assess how much water the covers 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. He has been on the Dewey County Conservation District board since 2007 and serves as the Oklahoma Association of Conservation District’s 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.