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2001 Master Agronomist

Jay Franklin

Jay began his farming career on the family farm in 1977 and is practicing no-till farming on his 1280 acres near Vinita, Oklahoma today. He is a strong supporter of the no-till farming method and helps others learn how no-till farming works. Jay promotes no-till farming for economical and environmental purposes.

Jay grow three crops in a two-year rotation using wheat, soybeans, and milo or corn. He continues to fine-tune his farming by doing corn maturity group plots and wheat treatment trials. He shares this information with other farmers by hosting end row tours with the County Extension office. Jay allows wheat variety plots to be conducted and tests mechanical ryegrass control for the University. Jay has been a speaker at numerous county, district, and state extension meetings and workshops. This past year he was one of several producers featured on a conservation tillage video used to educate farmers across the state.  Technology is important to Jay's management style. From palm pilots to detailed computer models. Jay can make sound economic decisions with a touch of a button for field data.

Jay serves on numerous local, county, and state committees. He has been instrumental in making the county Program Advisory Committee functional in addressing local farmer concerns. He has been a director for the county Conservation District in Craig County and Has helped conduct and teach an annual youth environmental day for 500 fifth graders. Jay helps farmers by being an active member of the United Soybean Board serving on the executive committee for 5 years, guiding soybean research and promotion.

Jay and his family are active members of the First Baptist Church ad he is a deacon of the church. Jay and his wife Susanna, have three children.


Curtis Torrance

Curtis has been providing producers in his area an opportunity to witness agronomic demonstrations on his farm for the last 10 years. Curtis has been responsible for getting producers to his farm to view the variety trial and crop rotation study. In addition, producers who don't come to the tours have continually asked him what has been learned from these trials. He has been providing areas of his farm for replicated wheat variety plots. The donation of land and time for preparation has provided producers a chance to look at wheat varieties in comparison with both new and old releases. He also provides producers the change to review the plots with specialists and determine which wheat varieties have strengths and weaknesses for the area.

Curtis has just completed a Sustainable Agriculture Grant in which he looks at no-till and conventional till yield comparisons and crop rotation yield comparisons. The grant provided him the opportunity to look at no-till and determine the strengths and weaknesses under his set of environmental conditions and production practices. He looked at grain yield components of the study ad recognized early that livestock production was a main consideration in the production systems. While current farm programs available do not support legume production systems, there are good advantages to their contribution to a production system.

Curtis is a leader of the community. The curiosity that Curtis has leads him to want to know how and why things work. Once he learns the how and why, he is generous enough to share this information with others. Curtis has helped OSU educate many of the producers in Ellis County and the surrounding area.

Curtis and his family grow approximately 800 acres of row crops and have an additional 700 acres of grassland. They integrate production of grain and forage for livestock production very effectively.

Curtis has long been a supporter of people. He participates with the 4-H programs in Ellis County. In fact, Curtis and his wife Kay have been leaders for the local 4-H program and have served as members of the Ellis County Advisory Committee for many years and has also been a member of the District Advisory Council and a member of the State Advisory Council. Curtis and his wife Kay have three children.

Curtis is a strong supporter of the Cooperative Extension Service and has long been a supporter of the Plant and Soil Sciences Department at Oklahoma State University.