2010 Master Agronomist
James Wuerflein owns and operates a diversified crop production farm in Garfield County, just north of Enid. His current crop production system includes 2300 acres of wheat, soybeans, corn, grain sorghum, sunflowers, cotton, and sesame and has also grown winter canola. James was one of the first in Garfield County to implement No-Till production practices on his farm. James works closely with is brother, James in his operation.
James has worked with an array of Research and Extension Specialists for the past 17 years. His first on farm research project was with Rick Kochenower. At that time, Rick was working to introduce the early season grain sorghum production concept of planting in late April to north central Oklahoma. While working within this project, James also participated in hybrid selection, soil fertility, seed treatment and strip tillage demonstrations. James also began working with Rick Kochenower to experiment with double crop grain sorghum production following wheat harvest. These trials included hybrid performance evaluations and also seeding rate and plant population studies for grain sorghum.
James now participates in our producer presentations during region programs held in Enid. He has made presentations at the Conservation Tillage 101 Program held annually in Enid. Here James presents his thoughts of how no-till has been working for him and addresses some of the pitfalls he has experienced while working in no-till.
James is participating in several boards and leadership positions. He has served on the board of Farmers Grain Cooperative in Pond Creek and is an advisory committee member of the Garfield Program Planning and Advisory Council for Cooperative Extension Service.
James was of one the first members of the Grain Sorghum Commission in Oklahoma and from there he was also a member of the National Sorghum Producers Association. In this position, James has assisted other sorghum producers with research and Extension activities that has assisted them with production concerns.
He has graciously allowed Researchers and Extension Specialists to utilize his property for educational purposes and is very deserving of this award from the Oklahoma State University Plant and Soil Sciences Department!
Richard Wuerflein owns and operates a diversified crop production farm in Garfield County, just north of Enid. His current crop production system includes 2300 acres of wheat, soybeans, corn, grain sorghum, sunflowers, cotton, and sesame and has also grown winter canola. Richard was one of the first in Garfield County to implement No-Till production practices on his farm. Richard works closely with his brother, James in his operation.
Richard has been a huge contributor to Oklahoma Agriculture. He has been a member of the Oklahoma Grain and Stocker Producers Association since its inception in the early 1990’s. He worked closely with Representative Frank Lucas to insure funding for the Wheat Pasture Research Unit near Marshall. He has been a member of the Garfield County Soil Conservation Board for about 15 years guiding the USDA programs within the county boarders. He has also served as an Advisory Member for the Garfield Program Planning and Advisory Council working with OCES to provide adequate funding and programming for the County Extension Program. He also served as a board member for the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association Board of Directors. Richard is also a member of the Oklahoma Crop Improvement Association growing certified seed wheat.
Richard first started his association with the Plant and Soil Science Department by working with Dr. Tom Peeper on the BEEF Project. Richard provided land and equipment to measure no-till production information along with wheat forage information to determine the impact of no-till and stocker cattle production. Currently, Richard is cooperating with Dr. Chad Godsey on a crop rotation program utilizing cover crops in the production system. Within this program, Dr. Godsey is utilizing grain sorghum as the base crop and investigating other cover crops to improve grain sorghum yields. Dr. Godsey is also calculating nitrogen contribution for the cover crops in the rotations.
Richard was also one of the early members of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program.
Richard has graciously allowed Research and Extension Specialists to utilize his property for educational purposes and very deserving of this award from the Oklahoma State University Plant and Soil Science Department!