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March 11, 2014

Conservation meeting scheduled in Cheyenne

Woodward, Okla. — A rare opportunity to dig into new and emerging conservation ideas and methods will be made available to land owners and anyone interested at a special workshop in Cheyenne, said Gregory C Allen, Conservationist for Roger Mills County.

The event called “Soil Health, Soil Testing and Conservation Stewardship Program Workshop” will include learned speakers on several uncomplicated and fairly easy ways to save producers money, increase the richness of the soil on your land, increase the moisture content in your soil and protect area waterways from fertilizer runoff, Allen said.

The workshop is scheduled to be held March 27 at the Cheyenne United Methodist Church and will include lunch, provided by the ladies of the United Methodist Church.

“We need people to RSVP by the 21st because we need to be able to tell those ladies how many they will have for lunch,” he said.

 The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. The event is free to anyone with an interest in conservation.

According to Allen, there are already 30 people already registered for the event that promises to offer physical demonstrations using a special “rain simulator,” which will physically demonstrate how cover crops protect and assist your farm ground in holding and maintaining more moisture.

Cover crops are plants, sometimes a mixture of crops such as alfalfa, some legumes and other types of crops that grow easily in the summer here, he said.  Cover crops are plantings that a farmer might sow into his wheat field after he harvests his wheat. One need only walk from a grassy area into a wheat field here on a summer day and understand the benefit a cover crop could provide to the ground, Allen said.  

The aim is to reduce the temperature of the soil by about 10 degrees, which helps conserve the soil moisture, helps worms maintain a life there and later provides good, organic fertilizer naturally to your soil, Allen said.

“In this area, where we get less than 24 inches of rain per year, everything we can do that way helps,” he said.

Also on the agenda will be a talk on how easy, cheap and important soil testing is before the application of fertilizer, Allen said.

“We hear it quite often, a land owner or farmer will go into the co-op and order 100 pounds of nitrogen on their wheat without soil testing,” Allen said. “When a soil test only costs $10 with the OSU Extension Service and will pay for itself because we are not wasting money and introducing additional fertilizer to creeks and so on.”

According to Allen, several agriculture agencies, including the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (OTCAC), the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Upper Washita Conservation District, Rural Development, the Farm Service Agency, Commodity Programs and Loan Programs and the Risk Management Agency available to answer complex questions that come up anytime someone is considering a new program for their land,” Allen said.

To register for the event or for more information call (580)  497-2272 ext. 3 or email carol.crouch@ok.usda.gov or  gregory.c.allen@ok.usda.gov  to confirm attendance.

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