2014 Master Agronomist
Martin "Marty" Williams
Marty is always willing to assist OSU research leaders with trials and demonstrations. He has donated land, equipment, and time, and on several occasions met with research leaders, students, producers, and government agencies from all over the world to discuss his farming operation. This past year some Chinese Area Extension Specialists wanted to discuss with him the number of acres, time, and equipment used to meet the needs of his operation. They were amazed in the horsepower, size, and acres of the operation. Marty took the time to stop equipment so each representative could get inside the tractors and check over the equipment working in the field that particular day. Marty has led OSU Plant & Soil Science classes discussing his farming system to future producers and research leaders. He assists chemical companies in herbicide studies along with OSU research leaders in areas of soil fertility, weed control, variety trials in crops such as wheat, canola, soybean, and grain sorghum.
Marty is passionate in his conservation practices, using No-till since his operation began. He uses new technology including GreenSeeker technology on his sprayer, routinely takes soil sampling, uses variable rate nutrient application technology as well as cover crops in his crop rotations. He is a good manager in fitting and adapting crops to his herbicide application. Marty was one of the first to adapt the GreenSeeker technology for his personal use and helped to demonstrate this technology to government entities in its early stages of development. In this current crop year Marty has an estimated 3100 acres of wheat, 800 acres of canola, and 400 acres of row crops to manage.
In the Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) agriculture organization, Marty is on the state board District 7 and serves as the current Chair. He was the 2010 state agriculture discussion winner for YF&R, 2010 American Farm Bureau Federation Oklahoma delegate, and in 2008 placed in the top ten in the National Outstanding Young Farmer. Marty also organized the State Leadership Conference for the YF&R. Marty is a member of the Noble County Conservation District and current board member, and recently became a member of the Two Rivers Co-Op board. Additionally, he is the District 1 Representative for the Noble County Cattleman’s Association in which he owns 50 head of cows.
During the 2014 Oklahoma No-till conference, Marty was a presenter, a discussion panel member, and has been on additional agriculture panels for events and conferences across the nation, state, and county. Marty is an active member of the Noble County Tractor Association, collecting and restoring antique tractors as a hobby. Marty is sales representative for Dyno-Gro offering corn, soybean, and milo as well as producing hulless barley for Oklahoma Genetics Inc. (OGI). Marty also is a producer of seed wheat and raises corn, soybean, canola, and grain sorghum.
Marty is dedicated to taking time for his family and faith, serving as a Ceres Christian Church board member. OSU appreciates his willingness to provide research opportunities, past field history, and taking research based information and adapting it to fit his production system.