Outside Resources

Cover Crops for Sustainable Crop Rotations

Resource from Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension (SARE)

Provides information about cover crops as a long-term investment for improved soil health and farm management.

2019-2020 National Cover Crop Survey

Resource from USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), and American Seed Trade Association (ASTA)

Survey of farmers' experiences with cover crops during the challenging year of 2019-2020.

Movement & Storage of Water in Soils

Resource from Department of Plant & Environmental Sciences, Department of Innovative Media, Research & Extension, New Mexico State University

These interactive graphs explore how matric potential, flow and pressure affect the movement and storage of water in various types of soils: clay, sand, and loam.

Understanding Western Soils

Resource from New Mexico State University

This collection of short videos and animations provides guidance on how to sample soil for analysis and includes visualizations related to soil properties and water infiltration, with a focus on arid soils, such as those found in the American West

Carbon Pools and Decision Support Tools

Resource from Southwest Climate Hub

This project includes science synthesis, tool evaluation and producer listening sessions and aims to enhance producers’ ability to evaluate current carbon stores on NM lands to support economic and environmental land management decision-making.

Cultivating Climate Resilience on Farms and Ranches

Resource from Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension (SARE)

Outlines the new challenges that changing weather patterns pose in agriculture throughout the United States, and what you can do to make your farm more resilient.


Resource from Colorado State University

This tool uses current weather plus the seasonal forecast to forecast forage production with three possible scenarios: above normal rainfall, near normal rainfall, and below normal rainfall for the next 30 days. It generates maps with how much above or below normal your forage production will be based on a 38 years of rainfall and forage production data.