Oklahoma State Unveils New HRW Wheat Variety for 2016 Season- Bentley
In advance of the upcoming fall planting season, Oklahoma State University has announced the release of Bentley, its newest wheat variety.
“OSU has a strong history of producing high performing wheat varieties and Bentley only adds to this proud tradition,” said Jeff Edwards, head of the OSU Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. “The OSU Wheat Improvement Team is dedicated to meeting the needs of Oklahoma wheat producers and we’re excited about the ways Bentley will help them continue to thrive and succeed.”
“Bentley’s drought resistance is equal to or slightly better than Iba, which is currently our best adapted variety for drought, but it has much better leaf hygiene in the presence of leaf spotting diseases, particularly tan spot and physiological leaf spot,” said Dr. Carver, lead researcher for the OSU WIT, an interdisciplinary team of nine OSU researchers responsible for developing the variety.
Along with another OSU experimental line, Bentley earned the 2015 Millers Award presented by the Wheat Quality Council. It also has placed in the highest yielding group of varieties at every location for which three-year data (2013-15) is available for the OSU Wheat Variety Trials.
For the complete story, and comments from Dr. Carver please select this link, Oklahoma Farm Report, Ron Hays.
New Crop Analysis App Released
Oklahoma State University is making available a new app that allows users to quantify green vegetation in a plant’s canopy in the field through photos taken using a smartphone.
Canopeo, developed jointly by the OSU App Center and students and faculty in the department of plant and soil sciences, is the first mobile application developed from concept to release through the center. It is available for download for both Apple and Android smartphones.
The free mobile app analyzes the images and provides an accurate measure of percent canopy cover for row crops, grassland, turfgrass or other green vegetation. The information can be used to monitor a crop’s growth or evaluate damage and allows the user to adjust management decisions.
“Green canopy cover is an excellent indication of crop progress, especially early in the growing season,” said Tyson Ochsner, Sarkeys Distinguished Professor in Applied Soil Physics with OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
For complete story select this link: Oklahoma Farm Report Ron Hays. For information about the OSU App Center visit https://appcenter.okstate.edu/ or talk to App Center student interns in the lobby of the Henry Bellmon Research Center on OSU’s Stillwater campus. Learn more about Canopeo at http://www.canopeoapp.com.
The faculty, staff and students of Plant and Soil Sciences would like to
welcome the following new members to our team. We are very excited
these scientists have chosen OSU as their home and look forward to the
impacts they will make in the areas of extension, teaching, and
Forage Systems Extension Specialist – Dr. Alex Rocateli has accepted the position of Forage Systems Specialist and will begin work on July 1. Dr. Rocateli is a native of Brazil and obtained his BS in Agronomy from FCA/UNESP in Brazil, his MS in Agronomy and Soils from Auburn, and his PhD in Plant and Soil Sciences from Texas Tech. Dr. Rocateli is finishing a post doctoral research position with Dr. Chuck West at Texas Tech. At OSU Dr. Rocateli will develop an integrated research and extension program focused on expanding and improving forage production and utilization through management. Dr. Rocateli’s position was part of a cluster hire that includes Dr. Ryan Reuter in Animal Science and will include Dr. Laura Goodman in Natural Resource Ecology and Management.
Agricultural Systems Modeler – Dr. Phillip Alderman has accepted the position of Agricultural Systems Modeler and will begin work on July 1. Dr. Alderman received his BS in Linguistics (minor in Plant Science), MS in Agronomy, and PhD in Crop Physiology and Ecology from the University of Florida. Dr. Alderman comes to us from CIMMYT where he works as an agricultural systems modeler. At OSU Dr. Alderman will develop a research program focused on adapting socio-ecological systems to increased climate variability and teach courses related to this topic.
Crops Teaching – Dr. Beatrix Haggard has accepted the position of Plant Science Teaching and Extension faculty and will begin work on July 13. Dr. Haggard is a native of TX and obtained her BS in Agronomy and Range Management from Tarleton State and her PhD in Agronomy from LSU. Dr. Haggard comes to us from LSU where she serves as the Upland Row Crop Soil Fertility Specialist. At OSU Dr. Haggard will teach undergraduate crops classes and develop an extension program targeted at providing plant science activities for 4-H and FFA youth.
Panhandle Area Agronomist - Dr. Tracy Beedy has accepted the position of Area Research and Extension Specialist for the Oklahoma Panhandle and will begin work on July 27. Dr. Beedy is a native of the Texas Panhandle and grew up learning about crop scouting and consulting by helping with the family spraying business. She comes to us with a BS in Agronomy and MS in Soil Science from Texas A&M and an MS in Ag Econ and PhD in Agronomy from Michigan State University. We are very excited that Dr. Beedy is joining the Plant and Soil Sciences team! Her focus will be development of an integrated research and extension program to address agricultural issues in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
Cropping Systems Extension Specialist – Dr. Josh Lofton has
accepted the position of Cropping Systems Specialist and will begin work
on July 31. Dr. Lofton is a native of Oklahoma and obtained his BS and
MS in Plant and Soil Sciences from OSU and his PhD in Agronomy from LSU.
Dr. Lofton comes to us from the LSU Macon Ridge research station where
he has a research and extension program that focuses on a variety of
crops important to the region. At OSU he will focus on cropping systems
important to Oklahoma stakeholders and provide leadership for the canola
research and extension program.
Katie McCauley a Plant and Soil Sciences graduate student receives a Sam Noble Scholarship. Sam Noble Scholarships assist both undergraduate and graduate students studying in the fields of agriculture and technology. Congratulations Katie. ()
Dr. Coon announces new Department Head for Plant and Soil Sciences. Dr. Jeff Edwards has accepted the position of Department Head for Plant and Soil Sciences. Dr. Edwards will begin serving as the Interim Head on June 1 until his effective appointment date on August 3, 2015.
PaSS Websites/Social Media
No-till in Oklahoma continues to grow in popularity among producers that want to increase soil quality, conserve soil moisture, and decrease fuel and labor costs.No-till is not an answer for everything but should be considered an important part of your cropping system.
NPK Blog: http://osunpk.com/
A blog about agricultural nutrient management in the southern great plains.
The Oklahoma Panhandle Research & Extension Center consists of 550 acres of irrigated, limited-irrigated, and dryland research.
The Soil and Water Conservation/Management website will provide information on soil processes and characteristics that impact crop productivity, soil quality, soil carbon storage, water availability and water conservation.
All about small grain in the southern great plains.