Jimmy EmmonsLeedey, OK

OK_Jimmy_Emmons_and_wife_Ginger_SH_Champion_photo NACDSoilHealthChampionLogoLeedey, Oklahoma
Dewey County Conservation District 

My wife and I operate a third-generation family farm. We have one son, Beau. I have been farming since 1980 and have a diverse operation that includes wheat, soybeans, cover crops, irrigated dairy alfalfa, a wheat/canola rotation and a cow-calf operation. We belong to the Church of Christ. I have served on the Dewey County Conservation District board since 2007 and have served as chair and vice chair. I have served as the vice president of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts.

I am a long-time resident of Leedey, OK. I am married to Ginger and have one son, Beau. I am the third generation on the family farm and attend the Church of Christ in Leedey, OK. I have been farming since 1980 and have a diverse operation. On my farm, I do several diverse crops: wheat, soybeans, cover crops, irrigated dairy alfalfa, wheat canola rotation and a cow-calf operation.

Soil Health Practices

We started no-still about 15 years ago. Four years ago, we started on a farm demonstration project with the Dewey County Conservation District and NRCS. This farm demonstration is what we like to call “on the farm research of cover crops.” We are using cover crops to fill the gap between cash crops.

We have hosted three field days now with a huge response. The smallest crowd, the first year, was 45. Last year we had 95, and we had about that number this year. Topics were cover crops, soil health and economics of how to incorporate cover crops and cattle in a systematic approach that enhances soil health. We track temperature and soil moisture in and out of the covers to allow people to actually see the difference themselves. We have been tracking organic matter since the start of this partnership. All of our mixes are multiple species to feed the microbiology in the ground. We always push the limits of possibilities of mixes so we learn what will or will not work in our area.

Challenges

Our biggest challenge sometimes is in our minds! The perception of “This won’t work here” drives me crazy and is my biggest driver and motivation.

Outreach

Emmons was also featured on RFD TV’s “Out on the Land” with Larry Butler.  You can view the episodes featuring Emmons at http://outontheland.com/watch-the-show-2/episodes-season-6/ (Episodes 76 and 77).

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