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1996 Master Agronomist

Damon Doye

Damon Doye took over the family farm at an early age and remains an active part of the operation 45 years later. Damon, his wife Georgia and son Thad operate a 1,600 acre farm and ranch near Lawton, Oklahoma that utilizes the latest agronomic techniques to produce wheat, alfalfa, grain sorghum and highly managed native and bermuda pastures. To add to their sustainability and diversity, they also grow several alternative crops such as cowpeas, sunflowers, guar, and horticultural crops including 5 acres of asparagus that is the foundation for a "pick your own" market.

He routinely soil tests, plants recommended crop varieties, and uses conservation practices such as residue management, crop rotation, terracing and terrace maintenance, and grazing management. He has also planted grass on steep field slopes and established wind breaks on highly erodible areas without government cost share assistance Many of the wind breaks were established over 30 years ago. He has also donated land for use in no-till test plots, and for two watershed projects and gives conservation talks to local civic and service groups.

Damon is s strong supporter of the OSU Cooperative Extension Service and regularly attends agricultural education meetings, field tours and other activities sponsored by OSU. He has provided facilities and land for field days, meetings, tours and test plots and has I hosted pecan grafting schools. He was a leader in a pilot program on home-based businesses, contributing to a video tape and speaking at a regional conference. Damon is a long time member of the County Agriculture PPAC, and the State 4-H Foundation Board. He and his wife served as 4-H Club leaders for many years and hosted the Town and Country 4-H Club in their home for several years" Damon has judged speech contests and furnished animals for the petting zoo at the county fair" He has received the county Friend of 4-H award, and the state 4-H Adult traders award. In recent years, Damon and Georgia have served as superintendent of the 4-H Division of the Comanche County Fair.

He has contributed valuable time and service to numerous agricultural organizations and boards. He has served on the Comanche County Conservation District Board more than 10 years. He has been on the Comanche County Farm Bureau Board of Directors for 21 years and has held several offices. He currently chairs the Resolution and Policy Development and Education, Budget and Nominating Committee and is the State- Legislative and Policy liaison. He is a member of the Oklahoma Cattleman's Association and early in his career was president of the Big Pasture Hereford Breeders Association, and served on the Board for the Red River Valley Hereford Breeders Association. In 1980, Damon and his family were named Comanche County Farm Bureau Family of the Year.

Community activities include coordinating a tree sale for conservation purposes with the Department of Forestry and he helped initiate and continues to contribute to the Rural/Urban display at the Central Mall in Lawton. He has also worked with the City of Lawton to stabilize creek bank erosion and serves on the Comanche County Flood Plain Board. He has hosted agriculture  classes from Cameron University, District Land Judging contests for FFA and farm tours for children from Lawton grade schools. Damon is I active in his church and Flower Mound community activities, serving on the Memorial Association and Cemetery Boards, and helps support the Volunteer Firefighters Association.



Wesley Mallory

Wesley Mallory, his wife Towanda, and their son-inl;aw, Myron Bradt, farm in Woods, Harper, and Alfalfa counties in Northwest Oklahoma. Their operation consists of 3500 acres of wheat. However, what sets Wesley apart from other producers is that he is only a wheat grain producer. He does not have any cattle, but does lease his wheat for livestock grazing. At a time when mod farmers are looking to diversify, Wesley believes that specializing and being the "best" at what you do will pay off in the long run.

By specializing in wheat grain production, Wesley has learned that by delaying the sowing of wheat he can reduce cheat and other weed pressure which in return will reduce the need for pesticides. Farming in the drier parts of Oklahoma, he is aware of the need to conserve water and protect the soil from wind erosion by reducing the number and kinds of tillage he performs. All of
this results in increased grain production, grain test weight and improves his
profit margin.

At a time when many producers are concerned about conservation compliance, Wesley has always been a believer in residue management and his conservation plan meets or exceeds the  level of conservation required. In 40 years of farming Wesley's land has never seen a moldboard plow and while his friends think he doesn't own one, Myron tells us that there is one hidden in the back of the barn. He uses a variety of other tillage tools to conserve crop residue, prepare a seedbed, and manage weeds. He maintains a very solid soil testing program and bases his fertility program on these test results and OSU research. Wesley is known for his farming skills and his operation is always a shinning example of a top notch well managed operation that neighbors and landlords watch closely and admire.

Wesley has been an active supporter of OSU's Division of Agriculture for more than 45 years. In the 1950's, he cooperated in the release of Lady Beetles to help control greenbugs and assisted the Entomology Department with monitoring the results. He has worked closely with Dale Fain and Roger Gribble in his farming operation, and was one of the first to work with Dr. Greer on the use of sulfonyl urea herbicides including applying the herbicide behind a grain drill. He assists the Cooperative Extension Service and area producers by cooperating in wheat variety and fertility tests. Traditionally, Wesley entertains 100-125 producers each year at the variety test tour at the variety test tour.

Wesley has also been a valuable member of the Woods County PPAC, the Northwest Oklahoma District Extension Advisory Council, and the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association. His cooperative attitude and friendly spirit has been extremely valuable to Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and the Agronomy Department. Wesley and his family are also very active in civic service and church activities, and he serves on many of their committees.