Dale Strickler

Storey Publishing

Dale Strickler is the author of Managing Pasture and The Drought-Resilient Farm. He is a leader in the soil health movement and an agronomist for Green Cover Seed, the nation’s leading cover crop-specific seed company. Strickler holds degrees in agronomy from Kansas State University and taught college for 15 years. He worked as an agronomist for Land O’Lakes, Star Seed, and Valent USA prior to working with Green Cover Seed. He successfully farms and ranches cattle in Kansas.

Dale will be speaking at the Texas, North Carolina, Kansas Fairs


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Using Cover Crops to Build Fertility, Control Weeds, and Improve Soil

Cover crops have been used since ancient times, but in the last half century we have moved away from using cover crops because we thought we could replace their benefits with fertilizers and pesticides. Now cover crops are seeing a strong comeback because people are realizing they have a myriad of benefits and fewer problems than fertilizers and pesticides. By selecting the right cover crop, you can control weeds, add nitrogen, make phosphorus more available, improve root depth, loosen clay soil, add water-holding capacity to sandy soil, and suppress plant diseases and pest insects.
Modern Homesteading Organic Gardening

Available In:

Texas, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture Stage

Keeping Livestock Fed and Watered in a Drought

Drought is the scariest word in the rancher's vocabulary. The only recommended solutions to date have been to wean early (which reduces your paycheck for the year) or to sell off part of your herd of breeding females (which will reduce your paycheck for years to come). Neither of those options is very enticing, so all too often the action has been to do nothing, hope for rain, and abuse our pastures (which reduces productivity for years to come). This presentation provides real-world alternatives, and it shows you how to survive (and perhaps even thrive) when severe drought strikes your pastures.
Modern Homesteading Animal Husbandry

Available In:

Texas, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Mother Earth News Stage
North Carolina, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Sustainable Agriculture Stage
Kansas, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Homestead Hustle Stage

Creating Productive, Profitable Pasture

Most pastures are producing at a small fraction of their potential. With the right species mix and grazing management, it's entirely possible to dramatically increase pasture productivity with minimal input cost. This session shows how different species respond to different management, and how proper grazing management and species balance can not only enable grazing for 12 months of the year but also eliminate the need for fertilizer, herbicides, and hay.
Modern Homesteading

Available In:

North Carolina, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., Grit Stage

Creating Drought Resilient Soil

For most of history, we have been at the mercy of drought, and still are, as evidenced by the drought of 2012 being among the costliest of environmental disasters in U.S. history. Our only response to drought has been either to complain or pray for rain. No longer! This presentation outlines effective actions you can take to create soils that capture and store more rainfall, and deeper root systems that extract more moisture from the soil.
Organic Gardening

Available In:

Texas, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., The Livestock Conservancy Stage
Kansas, Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m., Cappers Farmer Stage
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