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1994 Master Agronomist

Don M. Schieber

Don Schieber has always been a very innovative farmer with a curiosity for doing things differently when it comes to growing crops. This probably stems from his exposure to agronomic research during his formal education in Agronomy at Oklahoma State University where he received both his B.S and M.S. degrees. His zeal for knowledge and improved methods of doing things has helped him become very successful. He is someone that many local farmers look to for advice and  counsel.

One of Don's main interests is the improvement of agricultural crops, specifically wheat, through  quality seed. He recognizes the importance of clean wheat seed in improving stands and crop yields, as well as in reducing weed problems. Several years ago, he purchased a portable seed cleaner to help attain this goal. The seed cleaning has now grown into a business and  approximately 250,000 bushels of seed are cleaned each year for his neighbors and other farmers in both Texas and Oklahoma. The family also operates a small grain hauling business to the Port of Catoosa.

Don works closely with the Oklahoma Crop lmprovement Association and the Oklahoma Seedsmen Association in promoting quality seed and lobbying for strict rules and regulations  pertaining to seed certification. He has worked closely with various chemical companies to test new products and procedures on wheat to see if they are workable in this pan of the state.

Don's unselfish qualities are shown by the time and sacrifice he has made in cooperating with  OSU by providing land, labor and equipment for countless research and demonstration plots.  Over the years he has worked with various county, area and state research and extension personnel. He has had buckwheat, cheat and bindweed herbicide trials on his farm. He has had wheat variety trials and row spacing research on his farm for a number of years. He was one of  the first in his area to try reduced or lo-till wheat production methods.

Don Schieber has been a long time supporter of OSU Agronomy Department and the Cooperative Extension Service. Don has served on the Kay County and Northwest District Program Planning and Advisory Committee. ln addition, he served as the Chairman for the State Advisory Council for Cooperative Extension Service and lobbied heavily for increased research and extension  funding at both the state and national level. He is also very active in numerous other agriculture  organizations including the Newkirk Farmers Coop and the Ark-Kay Soil Conservation District  Board of Directors.

Don is an active member of the Catholic church and a 3rd degree Knight's of Columbus. Don and his wife Cecilia, and their four daughters, farm approximately 700 acres of wheat and some grain sorghum an their farm near Kildare, Oklahoma.


Don Covington

Don Covington of Hugo, Oklahoma is a very successful Choctaw County
cow/calf operator and hay producer. Using an aggressive management
style, he and his wife, Katherine have been able to make a good living on
the I60 acres that they own and the approximately i00 acres of land that
they lease.

Due in part to his good grass and livestock management, Don credits much
of his success to a well designed, regular, soil testing program coupled with
a good fertility program for his bermudagrass pastures and hay meadows.
Don utilizes a number of information sources in making his management
decisions. They use computers to help in making key decisions and for
record keeping.

One practice he adopted that has been financially rewarding, has been that
of selling hay on a quality basis. A dollar value is agreed upon for a
baseline crude protein, after the hay is baled and tested, bonuses are given
for an increase in crude protein. This has resulted in increased net income
per acre from his nitrogen fertility program. Don also believes in growing
most of his livestock feed. To do this, he has extended the grazing season
for his livestock herd by regularly overseeding his warm-season pastures
with small grains and clovers.

Don is a strong supporter of the OSU Extension Service and regularly
attends agricultural education meetings, field tours and other activities
sponsored by OSU. He has been a cooperator in bermudagrass fertility and
arrowleaf clover response to phosphorus demonstrations. Don is a long
time member of the local Agriculture Program Planning Advisory Council
and Choctaw County's representative at the District Advisory Council.

Don is an excellent spokesperson for agriculture in Southeast Oklahoma.
He is a member of numerous agriculture associations and boards. He is a
past president and vice president of the Choctaw County Cattleman's
Association. He also represents the agriculture community by serving as
Co-Chairman for the Agriculture Committee on the Hugo Chamber of
Commerce. He is also a recognized church and civic leader.