Caddel, John PMA

Caddel, John PMA

John Caddel, 2011 Professional Master Agronomist, Dept Plant and Soil SciencesJohn L. Caddel, Professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences , Oklahoma Staie University, retired on February 28, 2009.  Dr. Caddel joined the OSU Agronomy Department in 1977 as an assistant professor with responsibilities in alfalfa breeding and forage management.  He had previously been on the faculty at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Caddel grew up on the family's cotton, grain sorghum and bermudagrass farm near Sinton, Texas. After spending one year at Iowa State University, he returned to Texas and obtained a B.S. degree in Agronomy from Texas A & I University in 1966 and a Ph.D. degree in Plant Breeding & Genetics from Oklahoma State University in 1971. At OSU, Dr. Caddel led a breeding and management program designed to improve multiple-pest resistance in alfalfa .  He also served as the research group leader for a program designed to develop a farming systems approach to enhance forage quality and yields using clovers in eastern Oklahoma.

In 1991, Dr. Caddel was assigned to half-time alfalfa extension responsibilities .  He provided excellent leadership in the development of an educational program for alfalfa and contributed greatly to increased alfalfa profitability in Oklahoma. He was instrumental in the development of numerous educational events and programs including the "Hay Day" program, an event to educate producers in all aspects of production, harvesting, storing and marketing of alfalfa hay.  As Secretary Treasurer of the Oklahoma Alfalfa Hay and Seed Association, he developed and distributed timely, state-wide, alfalfa educational information through a newsletter (NEWS).  He also developed an alfalfa production calendar and several web pages devoted to alfalfa and clovers.  These web pages contain some of the best information and colqr photographs on alfalfa and clovers in the country and resulted in Dr. Caddel receiving the "Certificate of Excellence Award from the American Society of Agronomy and the Excellence in Alfalfa Extension Activities Award from the Certified Alfalfa Seed Council in 1996.  In 1998, he received the Outstanding Extension Specialist Achievement Award.

He, along with graduate students and collaborating scientists , contributed new knowledge about alfalfa through the publication of 151 scientific articles, 130 extension publications and research papers, 4 handbooks and 8 web pages.  He collected, evaluated, and enhanced alfalfa by releasing 5 cultivars and 11 germplasm lines.  Dr. Caddel served as major advisor to 21 M.S and 3 Ph.D. students many of them now occupy prominent positions in public or private institutions around the country.  Among them is Dr. David Porter, the current Plant and Soil Sciences department head.

He has contributed to numerous state, regional, national, and international scientific organizations including the American Society of Agronomy, International Grassland Congress, American Forage and Grasslands Council, North American Alfalfa Improvement Conference, the Forage and Grasslands Foundation, Inc, and the Southern Pasture and Forage Improvement Conference.  He held offices and served on numerous committees within these organizations, including being elected to the Board of Directors of the Forage and Grasslands Foundation.

Dr. Caddel.has had several long-term assignments in international programs.  From 1971-77 while he was at U. of Minnesota , he worked in the Crop Production Department at the lnstitut Agronomique Hassan II in Rabat, Morocco where he initiated and developed a barley breeding and genetics program to improve cereal production in Morocco.  In 1987-88, he served as resident advisor and coordinator of all in-country activities for USAID-Mid-America International Agricultural Consortium in Tunisia. He also served as Program Associate and member of the Management Operations Committee of MIAC.  Dr. Caddel has served in various capacities on international agriculture reviews, and scientific exchanges in Morocco, Tunisia, Syria, India, Kenya, Spain, France, Germany, Holland, and Belgium. He also served on the OSU Division of Agriculture, International Agriculture Advisory Committee.

In retirement, Dr. Caddel plans to continue to live in Stillwater, spend more time with his daughter and grandchildren , travel, and continuing some of his professional activities.