Soil Health Labs

29 Integrating Livestock Back on the Land: Perennials (2/2)

Episode Summary

Dr. Cody Zilverberg is not your ordinary rangeland scientist who grew up on the ranch knowing this was exactly what he wanted to do. Cody’s path was somewhat more circuitous – he grew up in Central South Dakota on a registered beef cattle ranch that his parents, brother, and sister-in-law still operate. Cody studied computer science at St. John's University in Collegeville, MN and had no intention of returning to agriculture. It was in Guatemala, where Cody experienced hand-planting corn that he came to rethink agriculture. Cody returned to study Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M then went to Texas Tech where he received his PhD in studying crop livestock systems. Cody’s PhD and postdoctoral work put him in a unique position to help Dakota Lakes Research Farm’s quest to find ways to integrate (or re-integrate) livestock back into cropping systems. In our previous podcast, Cody walked us through some of the methods that Dakota Lakes has been looking at in terms of livestock integration as a tool, especially with annuals. In this podcast Cody shares with us his experience of introducing perennials into cropland systems as well as reestablishing native grasslands in pasture that was overrun with cool season exotics. Apart from links to Dakota Lakes, we include a link to Cody’s Research Gate page which gives one an idea of his background and interests. Cody Zilverberg Research Gate page - Livestock Integration at the Dakota Lakes Research Farm Dakota Lakes Research Farm - Dakota Lakes Virtual Field Day - Check out free resources at the NRCS: