2015 Wheat Field Days:
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.
OSU Wheat Specialist Jeff Edwards Finds Rain Boosting
Oklahoma Wheat Crop In a Big Way. The Oklahoma wheat crop
continues to look better down the home stretch. Earlier this spring it
was hard to tell how much the crop was hurt by the drought. Now it’s
hard to tell how much the spring rains have helped boost yields in
recent weeks. Oklahoma State University Extension Wheat Specialist Dr.
Jeff Edwards said he was bearish in estimating the crop at 100 million
bushels a few weeks ago. Last week, the Oklahoma Grain and Feed
Association annual wheat tour estimated the crop at 108 million
bushels. The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week projected the
Oklahoma crop at over 118 million bushels.
“With the cool temperatures we’ve had, with the moisture we’ve received, I think we can hit that 118 million and come back closer to what we would consider a normal crop in Oklahoma around 120 million bushels,” Edwards said.
More: Oklahoma Farm Report, Ron Hays, Director of Farm Programming Radio Oklahoma Network, May 14th, 2015.
Spring Moisture Rejuvenates Oklahoma Canola
Crop. Late season rains have been a blessing for the Oklahoma
canola crop. Oklahoma State University Canola Specialist Josh Bushong
said overall the crop is highly variable, but the farmers that have
received good moisture this spring have a good pod set.
“For the most part, pod density has been good and we’ve had good seed set within those pods so far,” Bushong said. “Really good pollination this year. Not having those April freezes defiantly was a help, but for the most part we have a decent crop out there.”
Recent Ph.D. Graduate receives Outstanding Thesis Award. Dr. Natasha Macnack, a recent Ph.D. graduate of the department was selected to receive one of the 2014 Dr. Cletis Williams and William E. and Martha Jane Williams Outstanding Thesis Awards from the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Dr. Cletis William established this award program to stimulate excellence in the preparation and writing of theses at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels. The Graduate Coordinators in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources commend Dr. Macnack for her accomplishment. Congratulations Dr. Macnack.
"Staff of Life award presented at Wheat Field Day". The Oklahoma Wheat Commission presented its "Staff of Life" award to Dr. Liuling Yan at the Annual Wheat Field Day in Lahoma. This is the most Prestigious award given by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission to individuals who have had significant contributions to the Oklahoma Wheat industry. Dr. Yan is Associate Professor of Wheat Molecular Genetics and Breeding, and Dillon and Lois Hodges Professorship. Congratulations Dr. Yan.
Congratulations to the Soil Judging Team. The PaSS Soil Judging Team did well at the National Competition. The Team coached by Dr. Brian Carter ranked 4th in the nation with one student in the top 10. Congratulations.
Congratulations Katie - The 3MT® - Three Minute Thesis Competition is a research communication contest, which challenges graduate students to present a compelling oration on their research and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
On April 16th Katie McCauley competed against the top 11 Three Minute Thesis PhD and MS students at Oklahoma State University in the Graduate College finals. We are proud to say that Katie brought home first place with her thesis topic: “Improving the overwintering capability of winter canola”. She won a $1,000 cash prize and will represent OSU at the Regional University finals in Charlotte, NC in February 2016. Way to go Katie!
The 2015 PaSS Scholarship and Awards
Banquet was a success. Thirty undergraduate students were
recognized and awarded approximately $110,000 in scholarships last
night and we have even more scholarships to award. Thirty-one
Masters and PhD students were awarded a total of $59,000.00 in
The Master Agronomist Award was presented to Bryan Vail, of Apache, Oklahoma.
The Professional Master Agronomist Award was presented to Bob Woods, former Northeast Area Agronomist.
We had a very good attendance and a good time was had by all. We appreciate all of the donors and everyone that attended. We owe a special thanks to those who spent hours preparing for this event.
Last week CASNR held their awards banquet and there were 17 Plant and Soil Sciences undergraduate and graduate students that received awards and/or scholarships from the college.
Congratulations to Katie McCauley
The 3MT® - Three Minute Thesis Competition is a research communication contest, which challenges graduate students to present a compelling oration on their research and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
Katie McCauley, a Masters student in our department, presented her research “Improving the overwintering capability of winter canola” to an audience of peers and non-specialists in the recent College-level 3MT competition. She competed against 32 PhD and MS students from throughout CASNR in a preliminary round in early March and advanced from this round to the CASNR finals competition which was held March 25th, 2015. We are proud to say that Katie represented the department well in the finals, bringing home first place in CASNR. She won a $200 cash prize and will compete in the Graduate College finals April 16th, 2015 at 3:30PM in the Little Theater at the Student Union. Please come out and show your support.
Dr. Brett Carver received the Millers Award at the Wheat Quality Council 2015 Annual Meeting, congratulations Dr. Carver.
Dr. Angela Post was an invited speaker and presented a convincing argument in front of a national audience of millers and bakers that we are not going to perish by consuming wheat treated with roundup.
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.