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Seasoned with Experience

Scott is well know for his conservation minded approach in cover crop and grass planting.

By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist

Growing cover crops is not new to farmers like Jack Scott.  He farms on the Texas south plains region near Tahoka, and he has had a zest for using cover crops for more than 35 years. Scott believes in the value of conservation and taking care of the soil.  He has worked with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Farm Service Agency for many years, and in past years, he has served on the Lynn County Soil and Water Conservation Board.

Scott said he found out early in his farming career he was going to have to do something different after his cotton got blown flat and died because he didn’t get to it quick enough to run a sandfighter across the field.  He said he went home and pulled out an old stack of USDA pamphlets his dad kept from the 1930s about cover crops and this information opened a whole new world for him back then.   Learn more about how Scott is using cover crops today on his dryland farms.

According to NRCS, cover crop use by farmers in Texas is up an estimated 30 percent since 2014.

USDA NRCS District Conservationist Matt Dorsett with the NRCS in Tahoka said, “Jack has utilized cover crops such as rye, clover, vetch, turnips and more to protect his soil and prevent soil erosion.  He continues to be progressive in his farming techniques and seems to have a passion for conservation.”

Seasoned with Experience, Quenna Terry, USDA-NRCS public affairs specialist (2019, June)