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Soil Biology: Cover Crops and Disease Suppression

Cover crops provide a natural soil pest and disease suppression. It can also serve as a mulch to cover and assist in weed suppression.

When considering a cover crop for disease suppression, farmers should consider 3 factors:

Field …

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Live Well Recipe: Tasty Tacos

Tasty Tacos are a weeknight favorite! Cook extra chicken and freeze leftovers for later. Serves 8.
Ingredients
1 cup cooked chicken, shredded

1 can corn, 14 ounces, drained

1 can black beans, 14 ounces drained and rinsed

1 cup sa…

1 min read

Live Well Recipe: Grits and Greens

Try our Grits and Greens recipe. Green leafy vegetables, such as collards, are high in vitamin C, which your body loves. Serves 1.
Ingredients
1/2 serving quick cooking grits, cooked according to package

1/2 tablespoon butter

Salt a…

1 min read

Live Well Recipe: Enchilada Rice

Add whole-grain rice to our Enchilada Rice recipe. The cheese adds flavor kids love to a food they might not have tried. Serves 6.
Ingredients
1 pound lean ground beef

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1 can corn, 14 ounces, not drained

4 t…

1 min read

Live Well Recipe: Tasty Taco Dip

Have our Tasty Taco Dip made and ready to eat in the refrigerator for an easy snack. Serves 4.
Ingredients
1 can black beans, 14 ounces, drained and rinsed

1 can corn, 14 ounces, drained

1 can diced tomatoes and green chilies, 14 ou…

1 min read

Live Well Recipe: Hearty Egg Burritos

This recipe for Hearty Egg Burritos is great for breakfast. Eggs are a cheap and healthy source of protein. It takes only minutes to put this dish on the table. Even use it for lunch or dinner! Serves 4.
Ingredients
1 teaspoon oil

1/2 …

1 min read

Nitrogen Release from Cover Crops

Producers have been planting legumes in crop rotations to improve soil fertility for many decades, especially in the southeastern United States. Legumes are also recognized as valuable crops in water and soil conservation programs. Therefor…

2 min read

Live Well Recipe: Cheesy Quesadilla

These Cheesy Quesadillas are fun to make. Sometimes it’s okay to play with food. Let your child–with clean hands–tear spinach leaves into pieces.
Ingredients
Cooking spray

1 tortilla, large

1⁄2 cup cheese, shredded

6 baby…

1 min read

Live Well Recipe: Kickin’ Chicken Stew

Try our Kickin’ Chicken Stew! All vegetables are winners–fresh, frozen or canned. Add carrots and peppers to sauces and soups.
Ingredients
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped

1 can chicken broth, 14 ounces

2 cups chic…

1 min read

Improved Water Use and Storage

Water is an essential soil component, especially from a plant’s perspective. Though plants require air and water found in soil pores, roots can only absorb nutrients from soil water. Dissolved nutrients in solution establish equilibrium bet…

2 min read

Live Well Recipe: Turkey Spinach Wraps

Try our Turkey Spinach Wraps! If you have extra spinach, don’t let it go to waste. Add a handful to an omelet, sandwich, or pizza. Serves 6.
Ingredients
1 4–ounce package light cream cheese

6 medium flour tortillas

1/2 pound del…

1 min read

About Soil Conservation Benefits

Why Practice Soil Conservation?
Soil conservation is an important part of conservation cropping systems. There are many benefits for producers who choose to employ soil conservation practices on-farm.
Increased Profits:

Yields are eq…

3 min read

What is a Conservation System?

Conservation systems are cropping systems that minimize surface soil disturbance and maximize plant or residue cover on the surface. Successful conservation systems maintain or increase soil organic matter content while enhancing farm profi…

1 min read

Live Well Recipe: Power Mac and Cheese

Feed your family with a healthy comfort food like Power Mac and Cheese. Helpful-hint: cut-up broccoli for a grab-and-go snack. Serves 8.
Ingredients
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

4 tablespoons flour

Milk, 2 cups

Cheddar cheese, …

1 min read

Live Well Recipe: Pasta and Kale Salad

Our Pasta and Kale Salad recipe is light but filling and perfect for lunch.  Serves 8.

Ingredients
4 cups raw kale, shredded

1⁄4 cup Ranch salad dressing

Squeeze of lemon juice

1 tomato, diced

1/3 cup crumbled feta ch…

1 min read