Cover Crops on Dryland Wheat? Challenge Accepted.
THE DALLES, Ore. – Noah Williams loves it when people tell him he can’t do something.
Like when people say there’s no way he can make cover crops work in a dryland wheat cropping system. “It’s my motivation to find a way to do it,” he says. “I like the challenge.”
Noah is working with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Wasco Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to try some new, innovative approaches to build healthier soil on his farm. “I’ve been told that cover cropping can’t work in our area, but I believe it can—we just have to change our mindset,” Noah says.
Pictured: Cover crops thrive on one of Noah's wheat fields in the spring of 2016. NRCS photo by Garrett Duyck.