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The Art and Science of Naming a Wheat Variety

Well, a lot more than you might think, at least when it comes to the Oklahoma State University-bred wheat varieties that ultimately graduate from experimental lines to commercial products.

The OSU Wheat Improvement Team invests an average of 10 to 12 years developing each of the high performing varieties for which the breeding program is known. The same exacting attention is given to naming the tangible fruits of that labor.

In fact, the naming process often begins 1 to 3 years before a variety is released. Yes, it’s that serious.

“As soon as I see an experimental line with commercial potential, the marketing gears begin to turn,” said Brett Carver, OSU wheat breeder.

In late September, OSU released four new hard red winter wheat varieties. As part of their official rollout, experimental lines OK12716, OK13209, OK13621 and OK13625 became Showdown, Green Hammer, Baker’s Ann and Skydance. ...more


2018-2019 Niblack Research Scholars

Oklahoma State University has named 14 students as 2018-19 Niblack Research Scholars, each receiving $8,000 scholarships and the opportunity to conduct research guided by faculty sponsors and graduate student mentors. Adrienne Blakey, Plant and Soil Sciences was named as one of the 14 recipients. ...more


Tyson Ochsner named OSU's 2018 Sarkeys Distinguished Professor Award Recipient

It seems fitting: Oklahoma State University’s Tyson Ochsner, professor and holder of the Sarkeys Distinguished Professorship in Agricultural Science, has been named the 2018 Sarkeys Distinguished Professor Award recipient.

No, they are not the same thing. Presented annually by OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the Sarkeys award recognizes outstanding contributions to agriculture through teaching, research or Extension efforts. The award was established by the Sarkeys Foundation in 1980 to honor Elmo Baumann, an agronomist who worked with the foundation after his retirement from OSU.

“I am truly honored to have my name considered, given Dr. Baumann was a distinguished scientist in my own department long before my time,” Ochsner said. “The list of past winners for this award included people who have been my teachers and mentors, and who have been an inspiration to me during my career.” ....more


OSU Soil, Water and Forage Analytical Laboratory provides key services for both rural and urban settings

STILLWATER, Oklahoma – It is impossible to provide an accurate fertilizer recommendation without an accurate soil test, and that is why many Oklahomans in rural and urban settings rely on the Oklahoma State University Soil, Water and Forage Analytical Laboratory.

“Urban or rural, it makes no difference where a person lives,” said Hailin Zhang, laboratory director and OSU Cooperative Extension nutrient management specialist. “Soil tests should be a standard management tool for farmers and homeowners alike.”

It is possible to under- or over-apply fertilizer or animal manure,” Zhang said. “This not only costs money, it also means additional nutrients may enter water supplies and cause problems.”  ...more

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