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Volume 16, Number 13
August 19, 2016



Mingo Valley Research Station Field Day: The Mingo Valley Research Station Field Day will take place Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. in Bixby. Formerly known as the Vegetable Research Station, topics for the field day will include weed control in soybean and grain sorghum; soybean diseases and variety trials; grape and variety trials in blackberry, peach and apple; squash and watermelon trials; as well as a turf research update. Participants are invited to stay for a provided meal as well as time to visit and ask questions. The research station is located at 13711 S. Mingo Road. For more information, contact Butch Havener or Caleb Carroll at the Mingo Valley Research Station Office at 918-369-2441.

Fall Crops Tour: Mark your calendar for Sept. 1 for the Fall Crops Tour at the Oklahoma Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Goodwell. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. The event will include soil and water conservation, corn strip trials and sorghum variety trials. Please email Jenni Forman at jenni.forman@okstate.edu before Aug. 26 to register. Lunch will be provided

Magness Set to Retire: A retirement reception for Tonya Magness, Coordinator, Academic Programs, will take place Sept. 1, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in 106 Ag Hall. Refreshments will be provided.  Thank you Tonya for your 32 years of dedicated service to Oklahoma State University.

OKSTMA Hosting Field Day: The Oklahoma Chapter of the Sports Turf Managers Association is hosting a sports-turf-centered field day Wed., Sept. 21 at the OSU Botanic Garden’s Turfgrass Research Center in Stillwater. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the program beings at 9:00 a.m. Lunch is at noon and the field day should conclude at 2:00 p.m. Keynote speaker is Kyle Waters, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Facilities at OSU. The field day will include all educational events, vendor demos, and lunch.
     All nonmembers and OKSTMA members are welcome. The event will be free for OKSTMA members while there will be a $20 registration fee for nonmembers of OKSTMA at the event. However, if you do become a member at the field day it will count for the year of 2017. Membership levels are as follows:

Sports Turf Manager- $35
Sports Turf Associate (assistant) -$20
Student - $10Industry- $100 

Please RSVP to Chrissie Segars at okstma@gmail.com if you would like to attend the OKSTMA Field Day.

2016 Clover Classic: Oct. 17 is the date for the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation’s 2016 Clover Classic Golf Tournament. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Stillwater Country Club. Various levels of sponsorship are available, including Diamond - $1,200; Gold - $1,000; Team - $800; Hole - $300; and Individual Player - $200. For additional information, please contact Sarah Dunn at the State 4-H Office at sarah.dunn@okstate.edu, or via telephone at 405-744-6522.


ESP Grants Available: The ESP Professional Develop Grant awards four $1,000 grants nationally to interdisciplinary teams to develop a project to stimulate development of Extension professionals. Projects must be submitted by an interdisciplinary team. Fifty percent of project planning team members must be ESP members with dues paid for the current year. Projects should be able to be replicated by other ESP chapters. The online application is available here. Online letter of support is available here, along with the Extension Director’s letter of support here. Please click here for additional information.

New/Updated Publications on PODS: There are a number of new and updated publications available on the Print on Demand System at http://osufacts.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/HomePage. New publications include:

  • AGEC-628 2017 Oklahoma Canola Economics Appear Favorable
  • PSS-2786 Single Herbicides and Herbicide Premixes for Use in Winter Wheat
  • AGEC-243 Using Enterprise Budgets in Farm Financial Planning
  • ANSI-8202 Backyard Flock Production
  • CR-2143 2016 OSU Small Grains Variety Performance Tests
  • ANSI-3953 E. coli: An Overview
  • CR-2135 Protein Content of Winter Wheat Varieties in Oklahoma 2016
  • AGEC-1062 Algal Blooms in Oklahoma: Lake Warnings
  • AGEC-1063 Algal Blooms in Oklahoma: Economic Impacts
  • NREM-9023 Using Camera Surveys to Estimate White-tailed Deer Populations
  • Resource Development and Public Affairs
  • Master Gardener Manual
  • EPP-7677 Phytophthora Blight of Cucurbits and Peppers

Revised publications include:

  • PSS-2901 Procedures Used by OSU Soil, Water and Forage Analytical Laboratory
  • AGEC-196 Farmers in Transition: Finding a New Career
  • AGEC-194 Farmers in Transition: Taking Charge in Stressful Times
  • AGEC-238 Farm and Ranch Financial Trends Worksheet
  • AGEC-235 Oklahoma Agricultural Linked Deposit Loans
  • CR-2144 2015-2016 Winter Canola Performance Trials
  • CR-1726 Grain Bin Entrapment: What if it Happens to You
  • PSS-2401 Classification of Irrigation Water Quality
  • L-296 Understanding Your Household Water Test Report
  • L-323 Understanding Your Irrigation Water Test Report

Congratulations to: Gayle Hiner, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications Specialist, on the birth of her grandson. Kade Miles-Colin Hiner was born July 27, weighed 8 pounds, and was 19 ½ inches long. He is welcomed home by big sister Evangeline. Proud parents are Kyle and Shaunalynn Hiner.

Condolences to: Gina Peek, Associate Professor and Extension Housing Specialist, on the death of her father. William Albert Gold passed away July 12. Private funeral services took place on July 14 in Racine, WI.

Condolences to: The family of Sam E. Curl, former Dean and Director of DASNR. He passed away Aug. 2 in Granbury, Texas. He served as Dean from 1997 to 2004. Graveside services took place Aug. 5 in Acton, Texas. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dean Sam E. Curl Agricultural Leadership Endowment at Texas Tech University; Acton United Methodist Church or the Tolar Volunteer Fire Department. Cards may be sent to his wife, Mary, at 2615 Waters Drive, Granbury, Texas  76048.

Condolences to: Judy Montgomery, Administrative Support Specialist, Okfuskee County, on the death of her brother. David Hugh Fox passed away Aug. 5. Funeral services took place Aug. 11 in Okemah.

Condolences to: The Family of Dave Sparks, retired Area Food-Animal Quality and Health Specialist. He passed away Aug. 12. He was part of the OSU family from January 2006 through February 2014. A memorial service will take place at 10:00 a.m. TOMORROW, Aug. 20 at the family farm, Goat Hill Kikos, 9262 E. 243rd St., Porum, Oklahoma. Please bring your lawn chairs. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Cards may be sent to this same address. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested a donation to your local hospice care provider or Cent Ministries, Inc., HC 68, Box 105, Nashoba, OK  74558.


OAEAA Members Recognized: Members of the Oklahoma Association of Extension Agriculture Agents met recently in Shawnee for the group’s annual state meeting. A special awards banquet took place where members of the organization were recognized for their hard work and dedication to their Extension programming. Award winners include:

2016 Service Award

Distinguished Service Award – Donna Patterson

Achievement Award – Dana Bay

State Specialist Award – Justin Talley

Outstanding New Agent – Wendy Powell

2016 Communication Awards

            Newsletter (Individual) – Trent Milacek

            Newsletter (Team) – Trent Milacek and Dana Zook

            Learning Module – Brian Freking

            Personal Column – Dana Zook

            Bound Book – JJ Jones & Southeast District Educators

2016 Search for Excellence Awards

            Farm & Ranch Financial Management – Scott Clawson

            4-H Programming – Nathan Anderson

Congratulations to Nathan Anderson for also winning the Southern Region and National 2016 Search for Excellence Award in 4-H Programming

2016 Poster Contest State Winners

            Applied Research – David Nowlin

            Extension Education – Corbin Dewitt

2016 Friend of Extension Award

            Bill Ford – Chairman - Shawnee Milling

            Rick Grantham – Retired Director of the Plant Disease & Insect Diagnostic Lab/Entomologist



    Brad Babek, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Washita County, effective 8-8-16

    Troy Gosney, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Major County, effective 8-15-16

    Kaitlyn Hughes, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Texas County, effective 8-8-16

    Kacie Jasper, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County, effective 7-25-16

    Taylor Gazda, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications Services, effective 8-9-16

    Misha Manuchehri, Assistant Professor, Small Grains Weed Science, Plant and Soil Sciences, effective 7-29-16

    John Veenstra, Interim Department Head, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, effective 8-1-16

    Title Changes/Transfers

    Brenda Hill, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Cleveland County, effective 7-11-16 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development)


    Ashley Davis, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Adair County, effective 7-31-16

    Carol Hoipkemier, Administrative Assistant, DASNR, effective 8-19-16

    Brandi Krittenbrink, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Kingfisher County, effective 7-29-16

    Brenda Miller, Administrative Assistant, Agricultural Economics, effective 9-6-16


    Family and Consumer Sciences

    None at this time

    4-H Youth Development

     Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Washington County


    Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Blaine County

    Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Grady County

    Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Jefferson County

    Area Positions

    Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, Southeast District, (Ada)

    Area Agricultural Economics Specialist, Southwest District, (Duncan)

    Extension Business Development Coordinator, Location TBD

    Internal Applicants Only

    Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Kingfisher County

    Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Logan County


    August 23: CNEP Training – Adult (Stillwater)
    August 30: Mingo Valley Research Station Field Day (Bixby)
    August 31: CPR/First Aid Training (Stillwater)
    September 14: Oklahoma State Fair Indoor Exhibits Judging Day (Oklahoma City)
    September 16: Advanced Techniques: A Lined Jacket (Part 1) (Stillwater)
    September 24: State 4-H Judging Contest (TBD)
    September 26: Oklahoma State Fair 4-H Indoor Exhibit Release Day (Oklahoma City)
    September 27: Tulsa State Fair 4-H Indoor Exhibit Judging (Tulsa)
    October 6: Northwest District Administrative Support Specialist In-service (Enid)
    October 9: Tulsa State Fair 4-H Indoor Exhibits Release Day (Tulsa)
    October 14: Advanced Sewing Techniques: A Lined Jacket (Part 2)
    October 15: 4-H State Muzzleloader Contest (Arcadia)
    October 19: Southeast District Leadership Conference (TBD)
    October 25: CPR/First Aid Training (Stillwater)
















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