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2002 Master Agronomist

Danny Davis

Danny Davis, along with his father "Doc" started a process in 1979 that has evolved into almost 1400 acres of not-till farming in Southwest Oklahoma near Canute. In the early 1970's they began developing conservation farming methods because their highly erodible, sandy soil was blowing away and destroying their cotton crops. By the 80's, they had developed a no-till farming system using interseeded rye as a cover crop. They have refined their production system, and for the past 5 years gave gone fill no-till cotton production.

Over the years, Danny has worked with OSU and specifically with J.C. Banks in evaluating cover crop species, cotton production practices, soil fertility, weeds, and insect studies., In 1991, Danny really became a spokesman for conservation. At the Beltwide Cotton Conference he described their interseeding Cotton production system. Soon thereafter, conservation tillage experts across the Southern U.S. began utilizing and adapting techniques, originally worked out by Danny, on their commercial farming operation. Farmers from the Southern Plains of Texas to Georgia have now adopted many of these techniques. The procedures were transferred to West Texas when Dr's. Bill Lyle and Wayne Keeling visited Oklahoma and observed the Davis operation. For the past several years the Davis's have hosted groups and organized bus tours for farmers, extension agents, and agri-businessmen. Danny is always very helpful and his enthusiasm is contagious. It is interesting to hear him talk about his country roads that are no longer silted out, sand dunes that no longer form in fence rows, and how rain water runs clear from his fields.

Danny and his wife Sherry have one daughter, Sara, who works as a cotton scout for the Oklahoma Boll Weevil Eradication Organization. Danny is a deacon at the Second and Adams Church of Christ in Elk City. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the North Fork Electric Coop, and was selected as a member of the Dupont Cotton Coalition. In 1995, 2000 and 2001 he received the Oklahoma Junior Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Young Oklahoman Award, the Conservationist Award at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences, and was selected as a producer delegate to the National Cotton Council. He has demonstrated leadership in other areas by serving on the National Cotton Council Producer Steering Committee, the board of Progressive Ag. Services, and he is very active in community activities in Elk City, Oklahoma.

One only has to look through past issues of Oklahoma Farmer Stockman, Southwest Farm Press, Cotton Farming Magazine, and other farm publications to lean of his influence in conservation tillage. He is always a willing participant in educational programs involving conservation tillage, and he has assisted OSU in meetings, tours, and production of a conservation video.


Scotty Herriman

Scotty Herriman, of the South Coffeyville Area, began farming with his father, Otis. Scotty now owns or leases of 2500 acres in which he farms 1300 acres in small grain, milo, soybeans and corn. He is a strong believer in conservation and very environmentally conscious.

Scotty grows most of his crops in a two-year rotation and he continues to refine his production operation. Soil testing and variety selection are an essential component of his cropping system. He has had Oklahoma State University Soybean Variety Plots on his property for over 7 years. He has always been ready to assist with labor and equipment and maintaining these plots. Scotty is a strong supporter of the Nowata County Extension and served as an Agriculture Program Advisory Council Member. He supports Agriculture in the Classroom for schools in Nowata County, and Furnishes grain samples used in their educational programs. He has been host to several extension educational programs and assists the 4-H youth in this county. Scotty has assisted with planning and collecting soil samples for the recently conducted extension meeting, "Fertility Management Makes Cents". Scotty is a giving person and a friend of OSU, who is always there to lend a hand no matter how busy he is.

Scotty is a leader in the community and serves on numerous local, county, and state goards and committees. He was Rural Conservation and Development President for several years; Nowata County Conservation District Board member for 23 years and chair for 12 ears; served on the Nowata Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service Board Committee; and has served on the Kanoma Co-Op Board for the past 22 years.

In 1985 Scotty was selected as the Dupont Young Leader in Oklahoma receiving a free trip to the American Soybean National meeting. He later served as Oklahoma Soybean Association Treasurer and is currently serving on Oklahoma Soybean Board. In 1987, he was selected as the Oklahoma Conservatin District "Director of the Year" and was one of the first directors to serve in the Leadership 2000 class through the Oklahoma Conservation Commission.

Scotty and his wife, Jo have 3 sons. Scotty and his family are members of the Tyro Christian Church in Tyro, Kansas where he has been an Elder for several years.