Current and incoming graduate students in the Department of
Plant and Soil Sciences are invited to apply for graduate scholarships offered
by the department. Applications must be completed and submitted online by no
later than February 17. The application form can be accessed HERE . Questions about the application process or the scholarships should
be directed to Melanie Bayles.
PASS has released two new factsheets just in time for Wheat top-dressing and Soybean planting prep. Both factsheets are attached as PDF files.
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.
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.
Make sure you register for the 2016 No-Till Oklahoma
Conference before the early bird registration laps.
Agenda and Registration at www.notill.okstate.edu
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)
February 18, 2016
Chisholm Trail EXPO Center
111 W. Purdue Enid, OK
Click HERE for more information
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
Dr. Mike Kenna, Director of USGA Green Section Research to receive Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. 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.
Congratulations Lacey and the Winners of Three Minute Presentation (3MP) Competition Preliminary Rounds
Lacey 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.
Dr. 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
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.
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 http://videos.oeta.tv/video/2365559197/.
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.
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.
Conferences, Clinics and Field Days
February 18, 2016
Chisholm Trail EXPO Center
111 W. Purdue Enid, OK
Click HERE for more information
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
Extension and Research News
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 for shows predating August 4, 2012. segments and 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 www.osunpk.com
A new blog has been posted on www.osunpk.com titled “Some thoughts on pre-plant nitrogen and a little outside the box thinking”.
This blog discusses nitrogen sources and application methods.
Blog: www.osuwheat.com All about small grain in the southern great plains.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Small Grains Extension Specialist is an 11-month, tenure track position. The position will be filled at either the Assistant or Associate Professor Level, and applications at each rank are encouraged. This position has 75% Extension and 25% research responsibilities and is located on the main campus in Stillwater, OK. Responsibilities include leadership for a nationally recognized, statewide extension and research program focused on wheat and other small grains. The successful candidate will develop an externally funded, applied research and demonstration program to improve the agronomic and economic viability of Oklahoma wheat production and oversee the Oklahoma Small Grains Variety Performance Tests. Focus areas can include, but are not limited to, dual-purpose wheat production, physiological responses to management, cultivar development, pest management, tillage systems, intensive wheat management, and strategies to avoid or ameliorate environmental stresses such as drought. Extension efforts will include web-based and innovative information delivery methods, and periodic impact assessment of extension activities is expected. Collaboration with the OSU Wheat Improvement Team, Plant and Soil Sciences faculty, industry partners, and county, area, and state Extension personnel is essential.
For more information select link above.
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.
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