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2011 Master Agronomist

2011 Master Agronomists Steve Calhoun and Brooke Strader

Steve Calhoun


2011 Steve Calhoun MstrAgrnmstSteve Calhoun, a third generation farmer/rancher in Grady County, graduated from Ninnekah High School where he was active in 4-H and FFA.  Steve received his Associate Degree in Farm and Ranch Management from Murray State College.  While still in school, he began working for Ross Seed Company.  His enthusiasm for the seed trade business began in the back room cleaning and sacking seed and has continued through the past 36 years to his present position as manager, in charge of all seed and feed operations.

Steve has been active in the Grady County and State Alfalfa Associations, Grady County and Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Grady County Cattle Producers Association, Grady County Farm Service Agency Board, Oklahoma Crop Improvement Association Board and served as President of the Oklahoma Seed Trade Association

Steve is a member of Epworth United Methodist Church where he has served on several boards and committees and has served on several walks to Emmaus Retreats.

Steve has been married to Gina for 30 years and they have three children-Lauren Calhoun Storms, a 2005 OSU graduate, Clint who lives at home and is employed at the Opportunity Workshop in Chickasha and Robert who will be a 2011 OSU graduate.

Steve believes in investing in the future of young people.  To that effort he and his family have supported 4-H and FFA in Grady County with scholarships and active leadership.  He has assisted the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce through the Ag Committee that works with the Grady County Stock Show and currently serves as a board member for the Chickasha Special Young Adults


Brook Strader


2011 Brook Strader MstrAgrnmstBrook Strader has worked with an array of OSU Researchers and Extension Specialists over the past 20 years.  Brook has provided his land, labor, machinery and expertise to providing information to agriculture producers across northwestern Oklahoma.  Brook was a leading pioneer for no-till production systems and crop rotations in the Major/Blaine County areas.  His major contributions for this award are for his work with crop rotation systems.  For the last 7 years, Brook has provided his resources for replicated grain sorghum hybrid trials.  His cooperation with Rick Kochenower and OCES grain sorghum hybrid trials and other small research projects like planting populations, starter fertilizer, seed treatment, strip tillage work, nitrogen sensor management, herbicide tolerant grain sorghum, and weed control studies have furthered producers in the area to adopt technologies and become more efficient in grain sorghum production. Most importantly, Brook has assisted in field tour of the work being done by Oklahoma State University on his farms.

Since 2007, Dr. Jeff Edwards has been working with Brook as a cooperator for his replicated wheat variety program.  Brook’s farm was one of the first where Dr. Edwards evaluated conventional tillage wheat systems versus no-till wheat production in a side by side test for producers to observe.  With the change in Brook’s production systems, those trails have now converted to no-till crop rotation systems where wheat follows a spring planted crop.

Brook is a member of the Oklahoma Crop Improvement Association and participates in their yearly meetings.  He has served as a board member of that organization.  Brook currently serves as a board member of Oklahoma Genetics Incorporated.  Brook’s grandfather Bob was the starting point of the wheat seed business back into the late 1950’s early 1960’s time frame.  Brook has recently expanded his seed business to include other crops with his association with Sorghum Partners Seeds.

Brooks has graciously allowed researchers and Extension Specialists to utilize his property for educational purposes and is very deserving of this award from Oklahoma State University Plant and Soil Sciences Department!