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2015 Master Agronomist

Bryan Vail

The Apache wheat variety trial is one of the premier locations for the OSU Small Grains Extension program. The site allows researchers and farmers alike to observe not only wheat variety performance in southwestern Oklahoma, but also variety response to fungicide application. The data gleaned from this location has proven extremely valuable in generating extension recommendations regarding the judicious use of foliar fungicides in wheat.

When long-time variety trial cooperator and Master Agronomist Paul Jackson passed away, Extension personnel with the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences were concerned that we could potentially lose this site. Mr. Vail stepped up and agreed to host the variety trial.

Bryan is a true partner for our extension and research program. He has altered or changed his farming plans on numerous occasions to accommodate our needs. He has not only hosted one of the largest wheat field days in the southwest, he has provided the meal out of his own pocket on numerous occasions. Cooperators like Bryan and his family make life much easier for the Small Grains Extension Program. In addition to his support of OSU Cooperative Extension, Bryan serves on the Apache COOP board of directors, the OCIA board of directors, and is an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Apache.