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Farmer and rancher Dean Myers got an early education in the business growing up on this family’s farm in Knox County, near Gilliand, Texas, during the Great Depression. He learned how to work hard and the benefits of caring for the land and treating its resources carefully.
FARMER AND RANCHER Dean Myers has used a lifetime of experience and NRCS assistance to improve his land in Baylor County, Texas.
In a span of five years, Myers bought about 900 contiguous acres to increase grazing and natural resource management. Myers also furthered his conservation plan with NRCS to address the resource concerns for plant and soil health as well as water quantity and quality. Again, he sought technical and financial assistance through the NRCS utilizing farm bill funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
Walking M Ranch has worked with NRCS District Conservationist Jeff Groves and NRCS Technician Joe Coufal to revise the conservation plan for the ranch to include more water management projects with concrete water tanks, intensive brush management, livestock pipelines and improved grasses.
Myers installed cross fences on 300 acres, designed for an eight-pasture rotational grazing system with more than 10,000 feet of barbed wire. NRCS helped him develop a wagon wheel pattern with available water in the center of the field. With NRCS assistance he built a livestock pond in an adjacent pasture. Additionally, Myers sprigged 180 acres with coastal Bermuda grass on sandy cropland.
“I have installed cross fences on my own and through the NRCS to improve my grazing,” Myers said. “The rotational grazing in combination with fertilizer, weed control and rain will increase my stocking rates by 30 to 50 percent.”
Groves said, “I like working with Dean because I know things will be done right and he will always exceed our specifications.”
In 2012, Myers grubbed and sprigged about 150 acres himself. Although the drought caused a delay in his grass establishment, he is trying again this year to re-sprig in hopes that previous rainfall amounts will boost his grass establishment. He is also looking forward to the reduced time and money spent sprigging and grubbing the land.