The Plant and Soil Sciences Department at Oklahoma State University is an exciting place to study and work.  


Computer Support Specialist Position Filled

Ms. Jessica Willis will join us as Computer Support Specialist, Monday, August 29, 2016.  This support position is shared between NREM (50%) and Plant and Soil Sciences (50%), Jessica's office will be located in 364 Ag Hall. 

Jessica comes to us from OSU IT Technology Support, and brings with her highly relevant technical support experience. 


Raun, Bill

Raun Honored with Excellence in Graduate Student Advising and Mentoring Award

Bill Raun, Regents professor in plant and soil sciences at Oklahoma State University, was recognized with the Excellence in Graduate Student Advising and Mentoring Award at the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Scholarships and Awards Banquet March 31.

The award recognizes and promotes exceptional graduate advising and mentoring.

“Dr. Raun is a well-deserved recipient of this award due to the countless hours he spends both inside and outside of the classroom to prepare his graduate students for their chosen field,” said Cynda Clary, CASNR associate dean of academic programs. “His selfless nature and constant support of his students and colleagues make him an invaluable resource and mentor.”  more...

sergio-abit-smallAbit honored with Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching

Sergio Abit, assistant professor of soil science at Oklahoma State University, was recognized with the Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching at the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Scholarships and Awards Banquet on March 31.

The award recognizes and promotes exceptional teaching by a faculty member with less than five years of experience in higher education teaching.

Abit has been part of the CASNR faculty since 2012. He currently advises 50 undergraduate students in the department.

“Dr. Abit has established himself as an innovative instructor and leader in plant and soil sciences,” said Cynda Clary, CASNR associate dean of academic programs. “He is deserving of this award as he engages his students in the learning process and inspires them to reach for higher standards.

Outside of the classroom, Abit serves as the advisor for three clubs including the Agronomy Club, the Soil and Water Conservation Society and OSU’s chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANNRS). He also is the head of the department’s undergraduate curriculum and scholarship committees.  more...

 2016 PaSS Scholarship Banquet


Position Open - Assistant Professor Small Grains Weed Science

The successful candidate will design and lead a comprehensive Extension effort to improve the profitability, sustainability, and quality of Oklahoma small grains and canola systems through improved weed control.  Select link for more information.


PaSS News

Governor honors four from OSU with ag awards

Brett Carver

STILLWATER, Okla. – As far as Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources wheat researcher Brett Carver is concerned, there is not a better way to live one’s life than to enable others. Moreover, he has come to understand it is expected of him as an OSU faculty member.

Carver, a Regents professor in wheat breeding and genetics, has chosen to fulfill that charge by dedicating his career to serving the agricultural needs of Oklahoma by ensuring the state’s wheat industry thrives from drill to mill. In recognition of that commitment, he recently was honored with the Governor’s Outstanding Public Service in Agriculture Award.

“This award is surpassed by none that I have had the good fortune to receive, because it upholds the essential values rooted in our culture of a land-grant university: service to and enabling of our fellow citizens,” he said.

Carver headlines a four-person slate of award recipients, all with OSU ties. Former OSU teacher and consultant Clint Roush was chosen for the Governor’s Outstanding Achievement Award. Alumni Randy Davis, president and CEO of Greenleaf Nursery, and the late Quintus Herron of Idabel, a professional forester, were recognized with the Governor’s Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Award and the Governor’s Outstanding Legacy in Agriculture Award, respectively.

Carver leads the OSU Wheat Improvement Team, an interdisciplinary team of nine OSU researchers at the forefront of the OSU Agricultural Experiment Station’s robust wheat breeding program. Since 1998, the team is credited with developing nearly 20 varieties, including Duster and Endurance, two of the most popular varieties planted in Oklahoma.

Throughout his career, Carver has shared two main messages with general, as well as agricultural audiences.

“Advances in agriculture innovation are not well understood outside of the industry so, one of my main messages is to be straightforward about how wheat has changed, how it has not and when that change took place,” he said. “Related to that, ag innovation comes in many forms, yet the conversation has become fixated on just one. I know the words are worn out, but they still hold – we must look at the bigger picture of how we’re going to feed a growing population with dwindling resources, pursue all options available and create a few along the way.”

Roush spent 14 years teaching and consulting at OSU and Southwestern Oklahoma State University in the areas of agriculture finance, farm financial planning, business management and strategic planning. He currently sits on the board of directors for CoBank and the advisory committee for the OSU Bill Fitzwater Endowment Cooperative. Roush also is director of the Clinton Farmers Cooperative, Custer County Rural Water District and the Custer County Cattlemen’s Association.

Meanwhile, Davis, a 2013 OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Distinguished Alumni, was with Greenleaf, one of the nation’s largest nurseries with locations in Oklahoma, North Carolina and Texas, for nearly 40 years. A standard bearer for environmental stewardship within the industry, Davis’ innovative efforts at capturing all the runoff at the operation in Oklahoma was a first-of-its-kind endeavor in the 1990s. That project, in which he partnered with OSU, was recognized with a national environmental EPA award. Davis was named as the 2015 Green Industry Professional of the Year by the Oklahoma Nursery and Landscape Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from OSU in 1976.

Herron, who passed away in 2014, earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry from OSU in 1951. Herron Industries, his family business, was known as an innovator in raising trees as a crop. He also was a leader in using modern forestry practices on private lands and adhered to best practices to protect water quality and promote rapid reforestation after harvest. The Herron Foundation provides matching funds for community improvement and Herron’s vision paved the way for the Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center and the Museum of the Red River, both of which educate people about Oklahoma’s history and other cultures. The Governor’s Agriculture Awards were presented March 30 during a public ceremony hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry at the state capitol.

###REPORTER/MEDIA CONTACT:Leilana McKindra, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications Services, OSU

OSU wheat researcher honored by Wheat Quality Council for second straight year

Brett CarverSTILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources wheat researcher Brett Carver and the OSU Wheat Improvement Team won the 2016 Millers Award presented by the Wheat Quality Council.

This is the second straight year and third time overall Carver and the team has claimed the honor, which annually recognizes the breeder of the wheat variety most well-liked by millers participating in the WQC’s evaluation program.

“This award says OSU remains dedicated to producing high-quality, Oklahoma-adapted wheat varieties that meet the needs of all providers in the wheat supply chain – from seed producer to wheat producer to wheat processor,” Carver said. “A healthy supply chain translates to satisfied consumers who consider the final product for both quality and price.”

Carver and WIT earned the award based on three first-time entries from OSU into the WQC evaluation program – experimental lines OK11D25056 and OK13625 as well as Stardust, a newly released hard white wheat variety.

The lines were chosen from an overall pool of 14 experimental entries across eight public and private wheat breeding programs. Millers from across the nation tested the entries to determine a winner.

“Perhaps the best one of the three to the commercial millers and bakers was OK13625, a descendent of Billings, which appears to be a good scavenger for nitrogen along with a good utilizer of nitrogen in the grain protein,” Carver said. “OK11D25056 and Stardust were not far behind, and some millers ranked them ahead of OK13625. It was virtually a toss up.”

Brett Carver in FieldCarver, a Regents professor in wheat breeding and genetics and the wheat genetics chair in agriculture in the OSU Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, leads the WIT, an interdisciplinary team of nine OSU researchers established in 1998.

OSU-developed wheat varieties currently account for more than 40 percent of Oklahoma wheat acres and 15 percent of wheat acres in the southern Great Plains, which comes to about 3.1 million acres.

Looking ahead, multiple hard red winter wheat experimental lines, including OK11D25056, are under consideration for possible release recommendation by WIT in the near future.

“The more we as researchers and producers can pay due attention to end-use quality of hard red winter and hard white wheat in the Great Plains, the more likely our crop remains competitive in a global marketplace,” Carver said. “We are not the lowest-cost provider of wheat in that market. We must separate from the pack based on quality. Our future depends on our competitiveness.”

The WQC presented the award to Carver in February during Wheat Council meetings in Kansas City.

REPORTER/MEDIA CONTACT: Leilana McKindra, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications Services, OSU

Royalties from OSU-bred wheat varieties help fund innovation.

OGI 2016 Royalties STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma Genetics, Inc. presented royalties from seed sales of wheat varieties developed by Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources to OSU President Burns Hargis and the OSU Agricultural Experiment Station Feb. 26 in Stillwater.

In presenting the check for $643,739.89, OGI Executive Director Mark Hodges credited the OSU Wheat Improvement Team and its lead researcher, Brett Carver, for not only breeding high quality varieties, but building key relationships with producers, as well as those on the milling and baking side of the industry.

“Wheat breeding is not just a science, it’s an art, and Dr. Carver has made a concentrated effort to address the needs of the entire wheat industry,” Hodges said. “We’ve come up with some very unique marketing strategies to be successful, but without the breeder we’d have nothing.”

The royalties will be reinvested into an already robust wheat breeding program led by the WIT, an interdisciplinary team of nine OSU researchers. The funding also will support faculty retention.

“Industry partners such as OGI have provided an avenue to get our intellectual property into the hands of producers and provided a return on that intellectual property that fuels future innovation,” Hargis said. “In an environment in which budgets are growing increasingly tighter, we’re going to have to come up with innovative ways to fund the research and work that goes on here at OSU, and there’s none more innovative than our partnership with OGI. This relationship is not only great, but it serves as a model for others.”

Currently, wheat varieties developed by OSU account for more than 40 percent of Oklahoma wheat acres and 15 percent of acres in the southern Great Plains, totaling about 3.1 million acres of wheat.

This is a significant shift considering 10 years ago most of the wheat acres in the state were sown to varieties bred at Kansas State University or by private industry.

Looking ahead, our current varieties are really just the tip of the iceberg. We’re using advanced molecular techniques to streamline the traditional wheat breeding process that, in turn, helps get product into the hands of producers more quickly,” said Jeff Edwards, head of the OSU Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.

“Wheat producers are loyal and true but they wouldn’t plant our varieties if they didn’t perform,” he said. “I’m really proud of our WIT, led by Dr. Carver, and the work they’re doing and we have a great relationship with the industry that’s allowing us to plow important resources back into the program.”

Earlier this month, the WIT released Stardust, a hard white wheat variety that will be available to producers this summer, and last July, the team released Bentley, a hard red wheat variety.

“We appreciate the support, endorsement and confidence producers have expressed in the varieties they choose. There are a lot of choices out there and right now those choices are becoming more and more abundant,” Carver said. “As a faculty member at a land-grant university, I believe we need to uphold this research effort because this isn’t just about OGI and Oklahoma wheat, this is about wheat, in general, and our food system. I think with our faculty, infrastructure and relationships with producers pillared by Extension, the key parts are there. Land-grant institutions are more than capable of producing a reliable seed product.”

Photograph: Front row left to right, Gary Sherrer – DASNR Assistant VP for External Affairs, Burns Hargis – President Oklahoma State University, Brett Carver -  OSU Wheat Breeder, Joe Shirley – OGI Board Chair – Alva, OK, Keith Owens – DASNR Associate VP and Director OAES, Jeff Edwards – Department Head Plant and Soil Sciences.  Second row left to right, Randy Raper – DASNR Assistant Director, OAES, Don Shieber – OGI Board – Ponca City, OK, Fred Schmedt – OGI Board – Altus OK, Joe Caughlin – OGI Board – Tonkawa OK, Mark Hodges – Executive Director OGI.

Leilana McKindra
Communications Specialist
Agricultural Communications Services


Dr. Brett Carver and the OSU Wheat Improvement Team receives award.

Brett Carver Millers Award 2016

The Wheat Quality Council awarded Dr. Brett Carver and the OSU Wheat Improvement Team the top millers award in 2016 for the second year in a row. The award was presented to Dr. Carver at the Wheat Council Meetings in Kansas City this week.

The Wheat Quality Council which was established in 1938 has a long distinguished past of evaluating wheat for milling and end quality use. The Wheat Quality Council sponsors programs where different varieties of wheat are grown side by side locations throughout the various wheat production areas across the U.S. The harvested wheats are evaluated for milling and baking abilities and the resulting flours are tested for- end quality uses by a total of 17 cooperating bakers. The results of these test are then published and   sent to all council members. These tests allow breeders to make adjustments in their potential   varieties. They also allow millers and bakers to become cognizant of the milling and baking   characteristics of the different future varieties. These tests also provide information about how each variety's processing performance can be influenced by environmental conditions.    

A total of 18 variety submissions from the U.S. Hard Red Winter wheat region, from 8 different public and private research programs were submitted in the 2016 Wheat Quality Council technical evaluations. Submissions of OSU wheat varieties sent to the Wheat Quality Council included the variety Gallagher, as well as two other Hard Red Winter wheat experimental lines. One other   submission included the Hard White Winter wheat variety Stardust, which was just announced last week at Oklahoma Crop Improvement meetings to be released from OSU this coming year.   

“In a growing world of increased competition wheat breeding programs across the nation continue   to work on variety development attributes that will allow the farmer the best options when fighting for   market share,” said Mike Schulte, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. “All breeding programs focus on agronomic traits that will increase yield, but releasing varieties that both the domestic and foreign millers want for quality is becoming more of a greater issue- especially in the Hard Red Winter wheat classes. Giving farmers an option for better yields while also creating   better end quality use components is something the OSU Wheat Improvement Team continues to   place vast emphasis on and it is nice to see that work rewarded.” said Schulte.

Dr. Carver and other members of the Wheat Improvement team are especially excited about the release of Stardust, a new variety developed by the Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences since Stardust is the first hard white wheat variety released by OSU since OK Rising in 2008. The new variety, whose parentage includes OK Rising, features an improved level of sprout tolerance with agronomic capabilities and yield potential comparable to some of OSU’s varieties.

“Stardust will provide our north central Oklahoma wheat farmers, in particular, the ability   to produce hard white wheat locally and potentially capture more markets for Oklahoma wheat,”   said Jeff Edwards, head of the OSU Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.   Consumer preference is fueling the high and increasing demand for hard white wheat.   Whole grain white bread is made from hard white wheat, which allows bakers to create a whole grain product without the red color or the slightly different taste.   

Also, millers can extract more flour from the grain of hard white wheat and thereby   “Hard white wheat helps differentiate Oklahoma in regards to functionality and taste   relative to the baking and milling characteristics of our wheat crop, and that is important,” said   Mike Schulte, executive director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. “Now more than ever, it   is vital we develop and make available high-quality products that enhance the ability of   Oklahoma wheat growers and related agribusinesses to be more competitive in today’s global marketplace.

Now, there are more than 4 million bushels of hard white wheat flowing into Oklahoma, and specifically into the Enid area, by rail annually from the north for milling purposes. There is   a strong possibility that number will grow thanks to cultural and governmental factors currently at play.

“We believe this market is likely to expand in a stepwise fashion because of our culture, and to some extent, our federal government, demanding more fiber-rich foods for a healthier lifestyle, especially for kids,” said Brett Carver, lead researcher for the OSU Wheat Improvement Team, an interdisciplinary team of nine researchers responsible for developing Stardust.    

“Many of our export markets have always preferred more white wheat, but we lacked the critical mass to meet that demand on a consistent basis,” he said.    

In the past, the primary issue with cultivating hard white wheat in Oklahoma has been sprouting tolerance.   

“The same red tannins and other natural components that give wheat grain its red color also help prevent sprouting. When these unnecessary components are bred away, the sprout   tolerance can go away as well. As a result, hard white wheat production has been confined to the high plains where rainfall after wheat has matured is less likely,” Edwards said. “Stardust offers the right mix of agronomic traits and sprout tolerance to thrive in central Oklahoma.”

PaSS Students participate in Joint Weed Science Society of America/Southern Weed Science Society meetings

2016 Weed Science

Last week at the Joint Weed Science Society of America/Southern Weed Science Society meeting, four OSU students participated in a Masters oral research presentation competition for the society. They were from left to right Erin Jenkins, Victor Bodnar, Katie McCauley, and Lacey Roberts. Our own Lacey Roberts placed 2nd in the competition.  There were 44 talks overall in the MS Oral contest. Congratulations Lacey!  Each student also presented a second research topic in the concurrent sessions during the meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

OSU Agronomy Club is taking orders for "Eat Wheat" license plates

Eat Wheat

OSU Agronomy Club is taking orders for "Eat Wheat" license plates now through March 1. Orders must be prepaid, you may contact Paige Klein at for ordering and payment information.

New Factsheets

PASS has released two new factsheets just in time for Wheat top-dressing and Soybean planting prep.  Both factsheets are attached as PDF files.

PSS-2278 Using the GreenSeeker Handheld Sensor and Sensor-Based Nitrogen Rate Calculator

By Joy Abit and Brian Arnall.  The Sensor-based Nitrogen Rate Calculator (SBNRC) is a free on-line sensor-based nitrogen (N) recommendation calculator. This web-based application was developed at Oklahoma State University and has been documented to increase profit of winter wheat production through either the reduction of N fertilizer inputs without loss of yield or an increase in yields with increased N fertilizer.

PSS-2169 Understanding Soybean Nodulation and Inoculation

By Josh Lofton and Brian Arnall. Using the best management practices discussed in this fact sheet, inoculum products have the potential to make soybeans both an agronomically and economically viable crop in Oklahoma crop rotations.


Blog Posts

First hollow stem and links to some additional documents about the importance of the growth stage – direct link to article

Robert Calhoun checked first hollow stem in plots at Stillwater yesterday. No varieties are at first hollow stem yet, but there are some varieties which are very close. - direct link to article

There are two new blog posts at

Spring planted oat for forage – Presidents Day is quickly approaching, which means the planting window for spring-sown oat has opened. This post provides a quick rundown of points to consider. Direct link to article -

 Split fungicide application – Stripe rust is already active in Oklahoma, and some producers are considering two-pass or split fungicide applications. This post provides a few items to consider before committing. Direct link to article -

Make sure you register for the 2016 No-Till Oklahoma Conference before the early bird registration laps.  
Agenda and Registration at

2016 No-till Oklahoma Conference
March 1st & 2nd, 2016
The National Center for Employee Development
2801 State Highway 9 East
Norman, Oklahoma 73071-1104

Cost to attend the conference will be $150
(after February 19th $175)




17th Annual Crop Clinic

17th Annual Crop Clinic
CCA Credits will be offered
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
OPREC - Goodwell, Oklahoma
Catered Lunch -- RSVP by March 23, 2016
(580) 349-5440

see attached flier

Dr. Mike Kenna, Director of USGA Green Section Research to receive Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Mike Kenna TPI AwardDr. Kenna's PhD was completed under Dr. Taliaferro in Agronomy (PaSS) and he held the Turf Extension Specialist position in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture prior to going to the USGA.

Dr. Kenna is only the seventh recipient of this award which serves to recognize and honor individuals who have devoted their time, talent and energy to TPI, its programs and objectives and who has made an outstanding contribution to the turfgrass and green industry.

 Dr. Kenna has served as the Director of USGA Green Section Research since February 1990 and currently oversees the USGA’s turfgrass and environmental research activities, including soliciting and evaluating research proposals, grant making, and development of cooperative funding with government and commercial sources.  ...more



Thanks to donor support, a total of nine Agronomy Club students attended the national agronomy/crop/soils meetings. The Agronomy Club placed second in the Students of Agronomy, Soils and Environmental Sciences (SASES) club poster competition. Our students have set the bar high for future club members, and I anticipate pl

acing in the poster competition becoming an OSU staple at this event. Emily Landoll is the current president of SASES and helped coordinate all of the SASES activities at the meetings. Paige Klein was chair of the undergraduate research competition oral session at the meetings.

Ciera Houlton was named a Golden Opportunity Scholar, which is a competitive program that matches promising undergraduates with scientist mentors.

Emily Landoll was named a Greenfield Scholar, which is a special designation of the Golden Opportunity Scholar program for outstanding undergraduates who plan to enter the workforce upon graduation.

Dr. Bill Raun was honored with the Soil Science Society of America Applied Research Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievement in applying research principles to solve practical problems in soil science.

Congratulations to our students and award winners, and again, a special thank you to our donors who made undergraduate travel to the meetings possible.


DrRaun, Bill. Bill Raun will receive the Soil Science Applied Research Award at the Soil Science Society of America meeting this week.  Congratulations to Dr. Raun and his exemplary research program!

Congratulations Lacey and the Winners of Three Minute Presentation (3MP) Competition Preliminary Rounds

Lacey RobertsLacey Roberts is a finalist in the OSU 3MP program. Lacey is not a PSS student, but she is part of the PSS family and has worked for Dr. Post since February. This is the second strong showing in the 3 Minute competition for Dr. Post’s program! Congratulations to Lacey and Dr. Post.

Winners of the Preliminary 3MP Competition Preliminary Rounds. Forty-four non-thesis master’s, education specialist and graduate certificate students participated in four preliminary competition rounds to send twelve winners to the inaugural OSU 3MP Finals on Thursday November 12th from 3:30-4:30PM in the Student Union Little Theater.

The title of Lacey's 3MP was “International Agricultural Education: Necessity and Accomplishments”

The winners moving on to the Finals are: Lacey Roberts, International Agriculture, (PaSS, Weed Science Program Support Specialist); Autumn Zhong, Environmental Science; and Monika Ambadi, Chandrani Bhagat, Vaibhav Borgaonkar, Rishabh Dimri, Abhinav Garg, Sid Grover, Snigdha Gutha, Raghav Nargotra, Rajesh Tolety, and Rajesh Tolety, all from Management of Information Systems.


wusmall.jpgDr. Yanqi Wu and the OSU Turfgrass Team were part of a multi-state $4.4 mil grant just announced by the USDA NIFA. The research and extension activities will focus on improving the water use efficiency and drought tolerance of warm season turf grasses. Congratulations to Dr. Wu and the team!

Westerman celebrated for 40 years worth of accomplishment

Robert Westerman

By Sean Hubbard, Communications Specialist,
STILLWATER, Okla. – With a career spanning over 40 years in teaching, research and Extension for Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Robert Westerman was recently recognized as a DASNR 2015 Distinguished Alumni.

Westerman of Stillwater, Oklahoma, received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and master’s degree in plant and soil sciences from OSU in 1961 and 1963, respectively. He joined the United States Army, where he was a helicopter pilot, before attending and graduating from the University of Illinois in 1969 with a Ph.D. in soil fertility.

After seven years on the faculty at the University of Arizona, Westerman joined OSU as an associate professor of soil fertility and plant nutrition. He quickly climbed the ranks in the department of agronomy, now known as plant and soil sciences, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses related to soil-plant relationships He was named a Regents professor and served as head of the department during his tenure.

“He's the perfect combination of a scientist and people person,” said Tom Coon, vice president, dean and director of DASNR. “His dedication to students and faculty is clear. I see him at the scholarship banquets in the spring, and he just thrives on that atmosphere of seeing support for students and support for the faculty who are teaching them.”

Westerman’s career then took him into service as the assistant director and interim associate director of the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station before serving as assistant vice president for agricultural programs within DASNR administration. He retired in 2013.

“There probably aren't a lot who can make the jump from scientist to administrator,” said Gordon Johnson, retired Regents professor in soil science. “But I think he was probably driven to do this because he saw how it could help the department and then later on how it could help the division, and ultimately help OSU and the people in Oklahoma.”

Westerman has a lengthy list of research accomplishments, many connected to his efforts on the development of practices to improve nitrogen-use efficiency in crop production. He was a major adviser to more than 40 graduate students, has written over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, nine book chapters and a book of his own.

He is a Fellow in the American Society of Agronomy and a Fellow and recipient of the Agronomic Achievement Award in the Soil Science Society of America.

“I think it all comes back to this sense of dedication and commitment he has to serving the mission of the university, but really serving the students and the faculty,” Coon said.

Also recognized at DASNR Honors night as 2015 Distinguished Alumni were Minnie Lou Bradley and James Kennamer.


2015 DASNR Distinguished Alumni, Dr. Bob Westerman

Join us for a reception honoring 2015 DASNR Distinguished Alumni, Dr. Bob Westerman. The reception will be at 10:00 AM, October 16th in room 374 Ag Hall. There will be time to share your favorite stories about Dr. Westerman and his time at OSU.


New OSU Berry Fellows would make namesake 'pleased'

Four members of Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources have been selected as 2015-2017 Berry Fellows by the Oklahoma Water Resources Center. The OSU Thomas E. Berry Faculty Fellows Program in Integrated Water Research and Management recognizes and supports DASNR educators, scientists and specialists who are making outstanding contributions relative to building awareness about and promoting wise use of Oklahoma’s water resources.

Dr. Warren will be focusing on subsurface drip irrigation systems, concentrating on how soil types affect efficiency and management.

Select this link for news release by Don Stotts, DASNR News and Media Relations.  For more information select this link for the Aquahoman Newsletter.

Check out the student section of the Aquahoman Newsletter for Briana Wyatt in the spotlight.

 OETA presents The Truth About Wheat

Wheat has been successfully feeding civilizations for over 10,000 years and has the nickname "Staff of Life".  It is packed full of important vitamins, nutrients and fiber and is made into delicious products.  Join us at the dining room table for an informative discussion about The Truth About Wheat with Ken Root and Experts, Dr. Brett Carver, Dr. Julie Miller Jones, and wheat farmer Sara Olsen.

Select this link for 27:46 min closed captioning

Select this link for article from the Journal Record, by Brian Brus Germinating support: Oklahoma Wheat Commission fired back at Gluten Foes.


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.


Canopeo App

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 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

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Conferences, Clinics and Field Days


2016 No-till Oklahoma Conference

March 1st and 2nd, 2016
National Center for Employee Development
2801 State Highway 9 East
Norman Oklahoma, 73071-1104.

Cost to attend the conference will be $150 (after February 19th $175)

Agenda and Registration at


17th Annual Crop Clinic

17th Annual Crop Clinic
CCA Credits will be offered
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
OPREC - Goodwell, Oklahoma
Catered Lunch -- RSVP by March 23, 2016
(580) 349-5440

see attached flier

Extension and Research News

Sunup Videos

Most Recent


Wheat Update 11/14/15   Jeff Edwards has advice for Oklahoma wheat producers leading into the winter months.


Soil Compaction 11/14/15   Jason Warren demonstrates how to prevent soil compaction in new no-till fields.

Canola: The Freeze is Coming 11/7/15   Josh Lofton has an update on the 2015 Oklahoma canola crop.

Drones: Are they for Agriculture? 11/7/15   SUNUP takes to the sky to learn about UAV’s for agriculture and other uses from Brian Arnall.

Future of Cotton Varieties 10/31/15   Learn about cotton varieties with Extension Cotton Specialist Randy Boman.

Weed ID: The Mustards 10/31/15   Angela Post looks at five weeds canola producers need to watch for right now.

Oklahoma Cotton Update 10/24/15   SUNUP is in Jackson county looking at the 2015 Oklahoma cotton crop with Extension Cotton Specialist Randy Boman.

Which Weed is Which 10/17/15   Angela Post with field lesson on weed identification in Oklahoma crop fields.

Grazing Research: Managing Soils 10/17/15   Jason Warren updates viewers on the soil health aspect of an ongoing DASNR cattle grazing study.

Wheat Update with Jeff Edwards 10/10/15   Jeff Edwards has a planting update for winter wheat and advice for armyworm-damaged wheat

Fertilize before or after planting? 9/26/15   Brian Arnall talks about soil nutrition, how easy an N-rich strip is to apply and how it can help wheat later in the year.

Pre or post emergence application? 9/26/15   Angela Post shows us how weeds react to different treatments and offers information about the upcoming Herbicide Symptomology Clinic.

Why Plan Crop Rotation? 9/19/15   Extension Cropping Systems Specialist Josh Lofton has an update on the sorghum crop as it nears harvest.

Do You Know Where Your Seed Came From? 9/12/15   Advice from Extension Small Grains Specialist Jeff Edwards concerning Plant Variety Protection (PVP) laws and purchasing, selling or cleaning wheat seed.


2015's Late Planted Soybeans 9/5/15   Advice for soybean producers across Oklahoma from OSU’s new Extension Cropping Systems Specialist, Josh Lofton.

Ready to Plant Winter Canola? 8/29/15   Josh Bushong has advice for producers planting canola and locations for the Canola Drill and Planter Calibration Clinics next week across Oklahoma.

Nitrogen Could Be The This Year 8/29/15   Brian Arnall talks about nitrogen application windows for winter crops and has an option for getting urea under no-till ground.

What Wheat to Plant 8/22/15   Oklahoma State University Small Grains Extension Specialist Jeff Edwards is looking at what producers can do to help their 2016 wheat crop.

Bentley: A Wheat Variety With a Story 8/1/15   SUNUP talks with Oklahoma State University wheat breeder Brett Carver, about the Wheat Improvement Team’s latest variety release, Bentley.

Cotton Varieties 7/18/15   Extension cotton specialist Randy Boman, shows us differences in cotton varieties.

Cotton Planting Update 7/4/15   Extension cotton specialist Randy Boman shows us why cotton producers are upbeat about the 2015 crop.

Wheat Crop Update 6/27/15   Jeff Edwards tells us how the Oklahoma wheat crop is faring as the last half of the state moves toward harvest.


Is it Better to Conventional Till? 6/27/15   Jason Warren talks about the benefits of conventional till and no-till.

Canola Harvest 6/13/15   We talk with Josh Bushong about how canola harvest is progressing across Oklahoma.

Nitrogen After Rain 6/13/15   Brian Arnall discusses how Nitrogen can move through the soil following a heavy rain event. He also has recommendations for summer crop applications.


OkState Wheat Variety Development 5/23/15   At the North Central Research Station at Lahoma, Lyndall interviews Brett Carver on wheat variety development.

No-Till Soil After Rain 5/23/15   Jason Warren comparing no-till versus conventional till.

OkState Wheat Varieties 5/16/15   SUNUP travels to Lahoma for the 2015 Wheat Field Day at the North Central Research Station.

Drilling Mud on Land Research 5/16/15   Lyndall Stout interviews Chad Penn on water-based drilling mud.

Soil Nutrients After Rain 5/16/15   Dave Deken talkes to Brian Arnall about soil nutrients after rain.

Canola Update 5/9/15   SUNUP visit with Josh Bushong about the effect of recent rain on Oklahoma’s canola crop. He also invites viewers to the upcoming Canola Harvest Clinics.

Oklahoma Wheat Update 5/2/15   Jeff Edwards talks about the effect of the recent rain on Oklahoma’s winter wheat crop. Jeff also invites viewers to Wheat Field Day at the North Central Research Station at Lahoma May 8.

Canola Crop Update 4/18/15   SUNUP interviews Josh Bushong about the 2015 canola crop.

(Please visit SUNUP's YouTube channel for shows predating August 4, 2012. Oklahoma Gardening segments and DASNR educational videos are also available online.)

Attached is a new newsletter outlining herbicide considerations, fertilizer options, and  planting decisions for the canola crop.  Newsletter PDF.

The article is also available online at


A new blog has been posted on titled “Some thoughts on pre-plant nitrogen and a little outside the box thinking”.
This blog discusses nitrogen sources and application methods.

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Canola (Josh Bushong):  Winter canola has proven to be a great option for crop rotation with winter wheat in the region. By incorporating canola into their crop rotation, many Oklahoma wheat producers have cleaned up their weedy wheat fields, improved wheat quality, increased wheat forage and increased wheat grain yields.

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Cotton (Randy Boman): Major responsibilities of the Cotton Team are to develop and conduct extension and applied research programs to inform Oklahoma producers as to the best management practices for cotton production.

Energy Crops (Gopal Kakani): This program is dedicated to the development of new bioenergy crops and their production systems and train Scientific Crops in Bioenergy Crop Production that will strengthen the efforts at Oklahoma State University where a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, bioenergy research team has been formed from multiple departments and across colleges. Program also collaborates extensively with researchers in Oklahoma and across the nation, in addition to several industry partners.
Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program (Brian J. Carter)
Extension News (Jeff Edwards)

Forage and Pasture Management (Alexandre Rocateli will be joining us July 1, 2015)): Due to the differences in soil types, precipitation amounts, and temperature gradients in Oklahoma, many forage species are managed for pasture and hay.  There are approximately 20 different grass and legume species grown that warrant individual attention.

Manure and Animal Waste Management (Hailin Zhang): Animal agriculture is a large segment of the economy in Oklahoma. The huge quantities of manure generated by animal feeding operations (AFO's) can be an economical source of plant nutrients and a valuable soil amendment to Improve Soil Quality and Maintain Soil pH. Thus, manure can be a valuable asset to a livestock production operation if its nutrients and organic matter are recycled through land application properly.

Nitrogen Use Efficiency
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Non-Agricultural Soils (Sergio Abit): Soil is a key foundation and unparalleled recycler and purifier across a catena that includes forest, rangeland, agricultural, urban and suburban and wetland ecosystems. Soil processes in these ecosystems allow the soil to perform functions that may be related to production, ecological regulation, biological habitat and engineering.

No-Till  (Jason Warren)
 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 (Brian Arnall): This site is constructed to contain producer friendly information about nutrient management, fertilizer use, and precision fertilizer application.

NPK Blog:
A blog about agricultural nutrient management in the southern great plains.

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NSF REU - Interdisciplinary Sustainable Biobased Products and Energy (Dr. Kakani): Learn about the scientific processes and procedures required to conduct bio-products and bio-energy research. Understand the importance of an interdisciplinary environment in developing bio-products and bio-energy production systems. Explore the role of bio-product and bio-energy  research in a global society. Develop professional skills that are necessary for a successful career. Discover graduate studies and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related disciplines, specifically those related to bio-based products and energy.

Oilseeds (Position Vacant, Cropping Systems Specialist): The purpose of this site is to assist and provide producers in Oklahoma with the latest oilseed crop production practices. Our mission is to improve peanut, soybean, canola, and sunflower yields throughout Oklahoma which will lead to increased profitability of producers in the region.

Oklahoma Certified Crop Advisors (Hailin Zhang): The Oklahoma CCA program is a voluntary certification program for individuals who provide advice to growers on crop management and inputs.

Oklahoma Panhandle Research & Extension Center (OPREC) (Position Vacant)

The Oklahoma Panhandle Research & Extension Center consists of 550 acres of irrigated, limited-irrigated, and dryland research.
Soil and Water Conservation/Management (Jason Warren)
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.

Soil Chemistry (Chad Penn): Agro-Environmental Chemistry Research (AECR). This program is centered around the application of chemistry in order to conduct, promote, and disperse research and information to industries and the public that is relevant and beneficial to increasing agricultural production while simultaneously minimizing environmental impact or improving environmental quality.

Soil Physics (Tyson Ochsner): Our mission is to help people better understand and appreciate the soil, the soil water balance, and the surface energy balance so that we can more wisely manage and conserve the land and water with which we have been entrusted. Our primary focus is on multi-scale soil moisture monitoring and improved utilization of soil moisture data in agriculture, meteorology, environmental modeling, and drought adaptation.

Soil, Water and Forage Analytical Laboratory (SWFAL) (Hailin Zhang): The Soil, Water and Forage Analytical Laboratory (SWFAL) was established by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service to provide soil testing, plant, animal waste and water analyses for the State of Oklahoma and anyone who needs agricultural testing services

Switchgrass (Yanqi Wu): As a native perennial grass, it has long been recognized as an important component of the productive tallgrass prairie plant community that dominated much of the Great Plains over the millennium. Given its history, the potential for it to persist under the sometimes harsh Oklahoma climate is without question.

Weed Science (Angela Post): The purpose of this site is to provide current information regarding extension and research activities in weed management for all of Oklahoma’s crop production systems, resources for weed identification, and contact information for the weed science personnel at OSU.

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Wheat (Jeff Edwards): This site is designed to serve as a resource for anyone interested in small grains production in the Southern Great Plains.

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Wheat Improvement Team (Brett F. Carver): The Wheat Improvement Team is committed to strengthening the Oklahoma wheat industry by enhancing its genetic resources, a mission that could not be accomplished without contributions from other state, federal, and private researchers.


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