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2006 Master Agronomist

2006 Master Agronomist Don Bornemann and Bill Rigdon.

Don Bornemann


Don Bornemann, of Canadian County, has provided extension with an outstanding site for Oklahoma State University Variety Demonstration Plots for the last 12 years.  To only recognize the local impact of Bournemann's wheat demonstration plots would be an understatment of the importance these plots play in wheat production. Mark Hodges, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, has brought numerous foreign delegations, international wheat buyers, etc. to see these wheat varieties plots.

In 2004, Dr. Jeff Edwards, small grains specialist, decided to move on of his OUS Replicated Variety Trails to Bournemann Farms because Edwards realize he had found the perfect "partner" he needed for one of his "new" on-farm dual-purpose wheat trials. Edwards was so impressed with Don's operation that he contacted Dr. Brett Carver, and convinced him that this was also a perfect location for on of his grazed "elite nurseries". Bornemann's is one of three locations conducting stocker cattle grazing on an "elite nursery", which allows Carver and outdoor laboratory to test his new wheat genetic material in a harsh, "real world" grazing environment for and early prospective on which germplasm exhibits dual-purpose potential.

An unforseen benefit of Bournemann's collaboration with extension and research at OSU has been two grants secured for wheat research in Oklahoma. As a research "partner", Bournemann Farm's helped gather baseline data which resulted in a successful DASNR Team Initiative Program proposal for $130,000 and a successful Southern Region SARE proposal for $183,000. This cooperation has furthered progress in DASNR's 21st Century Plant Enterprises initiative program and increased the visibility of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.

Bornemann and his wife Kay have one son and one daughter. He has served on the Board of Directors for Canadian County Farm Bureau, the State Holstein Breed Association Board of Directors and as District AMPI Board of Directors.  He has served for 13 years as a Canadian County FSA Committee Member and over 30 years as an FSA Community Committee Member.  His family has also had a long history of service on the Board of Directors at Banner Coop.



Bill Rigdon

Rigdon, Bill 2006 Master AgronomistBill Rigdon is a diversified producer in Kay County near Blackwell. He is currently involved with production of wheat, corn, grain sorghum, and soybeans on their 3,000 acres of cropland.  Rigdon grows these crops under a no-till production system.  He only recently implemented a no-till production system on his farm and looked at the method as a way to reduce costs and utilize moisture that falls in his area.

He is currently involved with OSU in providing; land, labor, and equipment for countless numbers of research and demonstration plot work. Rigdon Farms has hosted filed tours on demonstrations of soil fertility response of grain sorghum, plant population studies of grain sorghum, and the grain sorghum hybrid performance trials. He has also worked with the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology by allowing Tom Royer to evaluate the performance of insecticide seed treatments on the array of insects that attach to grain sorghum and reduce yields.

In his grain production program, Rigdon is utilizing both early and late maturity grain sorghum and early and later planted soybean to spread this production risk. He has also utilized double crop production systems after wheat and both crops. He is also looking at dry land corn production to assist in controlling some weed species like Johnsongrass. Rigdon has been recognized by the local conservation district for his soil conservation efforts.

Rigdon is an excellent cooperator with Roger Gribble, NW Area Agronomist and Rick Kochenower, OCES Grain sorghum Specialist and Area Agronomist.  Without Rigdon an the use of his land and equipment, educational efforts would be much more difficult.  He is always interested in identifying new production practices and opportunities to make his and his neighbors operations much more profitable.

Rigdon and his wife, Louise, have 6 children and 14 grand children to watch over. They have been active members of the Blackwell community for many years. He and his wife have served on numerous church and civic committees.  Louise is on the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Advisory Board.  Rigdon is also a member of the Oklahoma Soybean Association and the Oklahoma and National Grain Sorghum Producers Association.