Clay Pope is a farmer and rancher from Loyal, Okla., and is working as a consultant to the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub. He also serves on as a board member of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Assn. He is former executive director of the Oklahoma Assn. of Conservation Districts.
In his latest blog entry, Clay Pope writes, "Oklahoma has a growing kudzu problem and it doesn’t stop there. This incredibly aggressive plant has even been found as far north as Nebraska and its range will only expand as temperatures slowly increase thanks to our changing climate.
In his latest blog entry, Clay Pope addresses the loss of several thousand head of cattle due to extreme heat, and what measures farmers can take to protect their animals from severe weather conditions.
In his latest blog entry, Clay Pope writes: "Today I have a great example of how different management practices on pasture and rangeland can help make a rancher more money while at the same time building drought resiliency and reducing wildfire risk and it comes courtesy of the fine folks at Oklahoma State University (OSU)."
In his latest blog entry, Clay Pope writes: "As drought increases across the Southern Plains, agriculture producers should think long and hard before rushing into their fields to plow up acres where wheat is being abandoned or where they are considering growing summer crops. We all know that soil erosion is a constant concern in our part of the world and we all know what the wind has been doing these last few weeks. We really need to be careful."
Combining the words cattle, methane and climate change in one sentence starts all kinds of fun conversations, but what seldom comes up is the fact that the more methane a ruminant animal produces, the less efficient that animal is in utilizing the feed they consume to produce meat and/or milk.
Throughout the Southern Plains, we are seeing the expansion of dry conditions, prompting an increase in wildfire danger, stress to water supplies and pressure on winter wheat. Now is the time to give a little thought to dealing with drought.
On Feb. 2nd, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the new $1 billion Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities designed to help finance pilot projects from farmers, ranchers and forest landowners who take steps to curb greenhouse gas emissions, capture and store carbon, and/or generate other environmental benefits.
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