The Southern Plains Media Page is intended to be a source of information for agricultural producers and management professionals on how to make their operations more resilient to the impacts of extreme weather and climate events. Information is available as regularly updated blogs, videos, podcasts, and public service announcements.
Sharing information on strategies to help agriculture and rural communities to deal with climate change and other natural resource challenges.
August 9, 2020
This is the fourth in a ongoing series of videos about one Southern Plains soil health producer and how they manage their land. in this video, Steve Pope from Loyal, Oklahoma talks to us about grazing summer cover crops on winter wheat ground.
July 28, 2020
In this video Caleb Stone, NRCS State Agronomist for Oklahoma, talks about tips farmers can use to better weather drought and dry weather conditions
July 17, 2020
In this video, Brandon Reavis, State Rangeland Management Specialist with NRCS in Oklahoma talks to us about what livestock producers can do to be better prepared for drought.
June 29, 2020
This is the third of a series of videos documenting the soil health work of one agriculture producer in the Southern Plains. Steve Pope talks to us about his post harvest herbicide application and cover crop planting. We will be doing follow up videos on the progress of his cover crops and how he is continuing to managing his land through the next year.
June 12, 2020
This is the second of a series of videos documenting the soil health work of one agriculture producer in the Southern Plains. Steve Pope talks to us while he is harvesting his 2020 winter wheat crop. We will be doing follow up videos after harvest showing how he is managing his land including cover crops.
June 1, 2020
This is the first of a series of videos documenting the soil health work of one agriculture producer in the Southern Plains. Steve Pope talks to us about his 2020 no-till winter wheat crop prior to harvest. We will be doing follow up videos during harvest and as he plants and manages his cover crops.
April 1, 2020
In this video, Steve House, a Watonga, Oklahoma farmer/rancher tells us about his experience using soil health practices on his operation.
March 10, 2020
This is a video our partner Didi Pershouse of the Soil Carbon Coalition made showing the 'bread and flour' demonstration from our soil health curriculum to a group of friends. It is a great visual example of the difference between healthy and unhealthy soil. You can find the curriculum here.
February 12, 2020
Our rainfall simulator is a great tool for showing how soil health practices can help farmers and ranchers better prepare for extreme droughts and floods while also helping the environment.
February 3, 2020
In this video we visit with Dean Schneider, a rancher from northeast Oklahoma, about his experience using soil health practices on his cattle operation.
October 29, 2019
Matt Alig from Okarche, Oklahoma visits with us about his experience with Soil Health and what it has meant to their operation.
October 25, 2019
Is this video we visit with Steve Pope a soil health/regenerative agriculture producer from Loyal, Oklahoma about how soil health helps control soil erosion and increase water retention on his families farming and ranching operation.
October 1, 2019
August 24, 2020
In this new special episode of the Southern Plains Podcast, we again talk with Victor Murphy, Climate Service Programs Manager for the southern region of the National Weather Service about the drought conditions in Texas.
August 17, 2020
In this episode we visit with Dr. Jaymelynn Farney, Beef specialist at Kansas State University about her research on grazing cover crops.
July 28, 2020
In this special episode of the podcast we continue with our series on drought in the southern plains with Gary McManus, Climatologist for the State of Oklahoma. Gary talks to us about the conditions in the Sooner State and how mother nature seems to be playing "whack-a-drought" with pop up rain events and changing dry conditions.
July 3, 2020
In this episode of the Southern Plains Podcast we visit with Dr. Andres Cibils, Professor of Range Science in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at New Mexico State University and the Director of the Sustainable Beef Coordinated AG Project.
Dr. Ciblis talks to us about their research looking at Raramuri Criollo cattle and other 'Heritage' breeds as options for producers to enhance ranch and rangeland resilience in the Southwestern US and turn a profit while potentially hardening their operations to extreme weather events.
June 1, 2020
In this episode of the Southern Plains Podcast we visit with Russell Stevens, a strategic consultation manager and a wildlife and range consultant in the producer relations program at the Noble Research Institute in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Russell visits with us about the work of the Institute, its interaction with agriculture producers and his work in helping landowners and others understand the importance of prescribed fire as a tool for range improvement and wildfire fuel reduction.
Southern Plains Podcast Special Episode--South Texas Drought #3-Victor Murphy, Nat. Weather Service, Ft. Worth Texas
May 27, 2020
In this third special episode of the Southern Plains Podcast we again talk to Victor Murphy with the National Weather Service out of Ft. Worth about the improvement in drought conditions in south Texas. We also discuss the webinar he took part in on May 20 discussing the current drought conditions-the webinar can be seen here:
Southern Plains Podcast Special Edition #2-- South Texas drought discussion with Victor Murphy, NWS, Fort Worth, TX
May 11, 2020
In this second special edition of the Southern Plains Podcast we again talk to Victor Murphy with the National Weather Service out of Ft. Worth about the ongoing drought in South Texas. We also discuss the webinar he took part in on May 6 discussing the current drought conditions
The webinar can be seen here.
May 4, 2020
In this episode of the Southern Plains Podcast we visit with Jenny Hopkinson, the lead staffer for National Farmers Union on climate change. Jenny talks to us about the issue of climate change, how her organization is responding to it on behalf of farmers and ranchers and how soil health/regenerative ag, conservation and ag policy all intersect when discussing extreme weather adaptation and climate change mitigation.
Southern Plains Podcast Special Edition-- South Texas drought discussion with Victor Murphy, NWS, Fort Worth, TX
April 28, 2020
In this special edition of the Southern Plains Podcast we talk to Victor Murphy with the National Weather Service out of Ft. Worth Texas about the ongoing drought plaguing the southern part of the Lone Star State. We also discuss the webinar he took part in earlier in the month discussing the current drought conditions.
The webinar can be seen here.
April 7, 2020
In this episode of the podcast we talk with Didi Pershouse, soil health educator and the author of our soil health classroom curriculum. Didi visits with us about the curriculum, how it was created, its use in the classroom and how it has been utilized throughout the world.
Southern Plains Podcast #30-- Corey Jager, Legislative Liaison, Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation
Mar 19, 2020
In this episode of the podcast we visit with Corey Jager, the legislative liaison for the Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation. Corey talks with us about the department, their programs and focus, and how good land stewardship helps not just agriculture and the environment, but it also improves wildlife habitat.
Feb 4, 2020
In this episode of the podcast we visit with Chris Clayton, ag policy editor for DTN-Progressive Farmer about the natural resource issues facing farmers and ranchers across the United States.
Jan 6, 2020
It's a new year and we have a new podcast episode! We start off 2020 on the podcast by visiting with Cheryle Cheadle, Volunteer Coordinator for the Blue Thumb Program at the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. Cheryl talks to us about the Blue Thumb water quality education and monitoring program in Oklahoma and the role it plays in conservation's effort to help address water quality issues and improve soil health.
Dec 3, 2019
In this episode of the Southern Plains Podcast we visit with Amy Seiger, Soil Health Coordinator for the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. Amy talks to us about some of the soil health work going in Oklahoma including efforts by the Commission to work with urban home owners and their education and outreach work with cattle producers.
Nov 4, 2019
In this episode of the Podcast we visit with Dannele Peck, the Director of the USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub. Dannele talks with us about the Northern Plains Hub and some of the tools they've developed to help ag producers cope with the changing climate including GRASSCAST--a computer tool that helps ranchers by predicting potential future forage conditions.
Oct 7, 2019
In this episode we visit with Carol Crouch, NRCS Tribal Liaison in Oklahoma. Carol visits with us about some of the natural resource issues concerning the Tribes in Oklahoma, the role NRCS plays in helping them address these concerns and how the agency and its partners are working to help the tribes deal with the challenges of the future.
Sep 3, 2019
In this episode of the Southern Plains Podcast we visit with Julian Reyes, Research Fellow with the Southwest Climate Hub about the Ag Risk Viewer, a tool developed by the Southwest Hub that analyses data from the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) to look at crop insurance loss trends over time by commodity at a county or state level. (The viewer can be accessed at https://swclimatehub.info/rma/). Julian also talks about the work of the Southwest Hub and some of the climate related issues facing agriculture in his region.
Jun 28, 2019
In this episode we visit with Ken Salisbury, a farmer/rancher from Vici, Oklahoma about the impact wildfires have had on his operation. We also talk about what he thinks can be done to reduce wildfire risk.
Jun 16, 2019
In this episode of the podcast we visit with Dr. Corey Moffet, a Range land and Pasture research specialist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) at Woodward Oklahoma. Dr. Moffet talks with us about wildfire and prescribed fire and how producers can utilize prescribed fire as a tool to get ahead of several natural resource issues including reducing wildfire fuel load.
May 31, 2019
In this episode of the Southern Plains Podcast I talk with Larry Caldwell, Upstream Flood control specialist with the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and former USDA NRCS state engineer for Oklahoma. Larry will talk about the history of the USDA upstream flood control program and how it continues to provide real time protection for life and property, especially during the rain events we have seen recently in the Midwest.
Apr 22, 2019
Gary O'Neil, Oklahoma NRCS State Conservationist is our guest for this episode of the Southern Plains Podcast. Gary visits with us about the work NRCS has done in Oklahoma to help farmers and ranchers deal with natural resource challenges on the land and how conservation programs can help agriculture deal with extreme weather events.
Feb 28, 2019
In this edition of the Southern Plains Podcast we visit with Scotty Herriman, a farmer from North East Oklahoma and a leader in the soil health movement. Scotty is the former President of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, a member of the Soil Health Champions Network of the National Association of Conservation Districts, and a board member of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission.
Scotty talks with us about his experience with soil health practices on his land, why he switched to these practices and what he sees as the future of soil health in Oklahoma.
Jan 25, 2019
In this episode of our podcast we visit with Greg Scott, former NRCS state soil scientist and the current soil health specialist for the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. Greg is an expert on soil health in the Southern Plains and how soil health concepts and practices can help agriculture adapt to extreme weather events. For most of the interview, I simply listened to the wealth of knowledge Greg has to share. We hope you enjoy it!
Nov 16, 2018
In this episode of the Southern Plains Podcast we visit with Dr. Dan Sebert, Executive Director of the National Watershed Coalition, a non-profit that supports the work of the USDA watershed (upstream flood control) program.
Dan visits with us about the history of the USDA watershed program, the important role it plays in helping Ag producers and rural communities deal with extreme weather events and the role of the National Watershed Coalition in supporting the work of the program.
Oct 5, 2018
In this episode of the Southern Plains Podcast we caught up with Barth Crouch, Executive Director of the Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition at the Great Plains Fire Summit. We visit with Barth about wildfire vs. prescribed burning and the importance of managed fire as a tool to improve pasture and range health as well as well as reducing the danger from out of control wildfires.
Southern Plains Podcast #15-- Shanon Phillips, Director of water quality at Oklahoma Conservation Commission
Sep 3, 2018
In this episode we visit with Shanon Phillips, the Director of the Water Quality Division of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. Through the work of her division in partnership with USDA NRCS, Region Six EPA, Local Conservation Districts, USDA FSA and others, Oklahoma has taken over 70 stream segments off of the EPA...
Jul 25, 2018
In this episode of the Southern Plains Podcast we visit with Steve Swaffer, Executive Director of No-Till on the Plains, a 501c3 non-profit educational organization whose mission is to provide education and networking on agricultural production systems that model nature. Steve talks to us about his organization, the role no-till and cover crops play in helping ag producers deal with extreme weather events and how No-Till on the Plains is working to educate farmers and ranchers on the benefits of soil health.
Jul 14, 2018
In this episode of the Southern Plains Podcast we talk to Nathan Hale, Soil Health Specialist for USDA NRCS in the State of Texas. Nathan talks to us about how the Natural Resources Conservation Service is working with producers to promote soil health/regenerative agriculture in Texas, how producers are responding to this work and the role soil health can play in helping farmer and ranchers adapt to extreme weather events.
Jun 6, 2018
In this episode of the Southern Plains Podcast we visit with John Weir, Extension Fire Specialist at Oklahoma State University about the recent Southern Plains wildfires, the need for more prescribed fires as a means to prevent new wildfires and how the use of prescribed burning can help improve the landscape...
Southern Plains Podcast #11-- Dr. Rick Haney, research soil scientist, USDA ARS Grasslands Soil and Water Reserearch Lab, Temple Texas
May 8, 2018
In this episode, we visit with Dr. Rick Haney with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Temple, Texas. Dr. Haney discusses his work with soil testing, the role microbial activity plays in the soil and the importance of soil health.
Mar 29, 2018
In this episode of the Southern Plains Podcast we talk to Tom Roth, Kansas State Agronomist for USDA NRCS about soil health, its roll in water and soil conservation and the work of NRCS in the state of Kansas.
Southern Plains Podcast #9-- Dr. Larry Sanders, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University
Feb 21, 2018
In this episode, we visit with Dr. Larry Sanders, Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Sanders has spent the last several years focusing on natural resource issues and the conservation title of the Farm Bill, and has conducted a study of producer attitudes toward adoption of conservation practices in targeted watersheds.
Feb 2, 2018
In this episode of the Southern Plains Podcast we visit with Dr. Cait Rottler, Research Fellow with the USDA Agriculture Research Service (ARS) and the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub. Dr. Rottler talks to us about the role of the Hub Fellows program, her ongoing research in the Southern Plains region and what she sees as challenges on the horizon for Agriculture.
Jan 5, 2018
In this episode, we visit with Trey Lam, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, about the role of the State Conservation Agency in Oklahoma, the work they do to help agriculture producers adapt to extreme weather through conservation practices on the ground, and their partnership with USDA and local conservation districts. We also discuss the Commission's role in protecting the state from flash flooding and their work in the areas of water quality and soil health.
Nov 27, 2017
In this episode of the Southern Plains Podcast we visit with Andrew Lyon, Technical Unit Program Manager with the Kansas Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) program. Andrew talks with us about the importance of land treatment strategies on farm and ranch land in protecting our water.
Southern Plains Podcast #5-- Dr. Sherry Hunt, Research Leader ARS Hydraulic Engineering Research Unit
Oct 13, 2017
In this episode of the Southern Plains Podcast we visit with Dr. Sherry Hunt, the Research Leader at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Hydraulic Engineering Research Unit about the research conducted at the Unit, the importance of the USDA upstream flood control program and the future needs of water infrastructure at USDA.
Sep 13, 2017
Farmers, ranchers and rural communities hit by the effects of Hurricane Harvey have options available to them from USDA to help with their recovery. In this episode of the Southern Plains Podcast we share information about USDA's response to the storm and tell individuals how they can start the process to see what assistance they qualify for.
Jul 28, 2017
In this episode of the Southern Plains Podcast, we interview Gary McManus, Oklahoma State Climatologist. Gary talks about the changes we are seeing in our weather patterns from a historical perspective, flash droughts, ice storms and what the crystal ball shows for the region's weather.
Jun 30, 2017
All too often farmers and ranchers think about soil erosion as a problem of the past. The Dust Bowl of the "dirty thirties" was horrible, but we beat back the tide of dust, right? In this episode we will discuss how we still are seeing high rates of soil erosion and how it is having a major impact.
Jun 19, 2017
This episode of our podcast covers information on the spring fires that plagued the Texas Panhandle, Northwest Oklahoma and Southwest Kansas in the spring of 2017. It also contains information on help that is available to farmers and ranchers to help them deal with the effects of this disaster.
Public Service Announcements (PSA)
The Southern Plains Climate Hub, in partnership with Redlands Community College and USDA NRCS, is promoting soil health as a tool for climate change adaptation and to help producers adapt to extreme weather events. As part of this promotional effort, the Hub is developing a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) featuring producers from across the Southern Plains speaking on the benefits of soil health management.
Kenneth McAlister grows cotton, corn, milo, canola, wheat, sesame, peanuts and soybeans near the Red River in Wichita County Texas. He has been no-tilling his land since 2005 and has been utilizing cover crops for the last 4 years.
Scott Carpenter is a conservation district director and wheat producer from Nocona, Texas. He utilizes cover crops and no-till on his land to hold on to more water and reduce erosion on his land.
A cotton, peanut, corn and wheat producer from Morton Texas, Glen Lyon rotates crops on his 7,500 acre farm to reduce erosion and increase the water holding capacity of the soil.
A Farmer and Rancher from Norton, Kansas, Rusty Miller understands the importance of controlling erosion and increasing soil moisture. Rusty incorporates cover crops and grazing into his cropping systems to help increase the health of his soil and improve his bottom line by reducing fuel costs and increasing fertilizer efficiency.
Michael Thompson is a farmer/rancher from Almena, KS. Michael along with his father Richard and his brother Brian operate Thompson Farm & Ranch LLC. The farm is comprised of acreage in Norton County, KS, and Furnas County, NE, and grows wheat, corn, oats, barley, as well as cover crop cocktails. The ranch consists of a cow/calf operation that grazes on native range and diverse cover crops on farmland acres.
Lance Feikert is the fifth generation farmer and rancher from Bucklin, Kansas. He raises wheat, milo and soybeans on dryland and irrigated acres. He also utilizes cattle in his operation to better utilize crops and encourage better soil health.With less water available to pump each year, many of his irrigated fields are becoming more like their dryland counterparts. No-till helps him make the most of limited resources. Lance says no-till practices improve the microbial community under the soil and helps increase water infiltration.
Steve Pope is a 6th generation Western Oklahoma farmer and rancher. He has been no-tilling for over 13 years and incorporates cover crops and grazing into his cropping systems. Steve participates in USDA conservation programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
Jimmy Emmons is a life-long farmer and ranchers from Leedey, Oklahoma. A local conservation district board member and a past President of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD), Jimmy knows the importance of conserving our soil, water, air and wildlife habitats while working to protect the bottom lines of agriculture producers.
Grant Victor is a Northeast Oklahoma agriculture producer and the winner of the 2016 Outstanding Landowner Award from the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts and the Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma. A life-long resident of Afton, Oklahoma, Grant uses soil health practices to improve productivity on his land while controlling run-off and soil erosion.