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Volume 12, Number 16


August 10, 2012



OK-FIRE Workshop Slated Aug. 31 in Norman: A full-day OK-FIRE computer training workshop will take place at the National Weather Center (NWC) in Norman Aug. 31.  Directing the workshop will be J. D. Carlson (jdc@okstate.edu), OSU fire meteorologist and OK-FIRE program director.  The workshop will start at 9:30 a.m. and go until approximately 4:00 p.m. with a break for lunch at the NWC.
     The workshop will consist of a combination of presentations and computer lab exercises in which the attendees will get hands-on experience with the OK-FIRE website. Wildfire applications, as well as prescribed fire applications, will be covered.  In addition to covering the major sections of the website (Weather, Fire, Smoke), other sections such as Satellite and Radar will be discussed, as will topics including fire detection by radar and satellite, the relationship of drought to fire danger, and burn bans.
     OK-FIRE (http://okfire.mesonet.org) is a program of the Oklahoma Mesonet for wildland fire management. OK-FIRE uses the Oklahoma Mesonet for current/recent conditions and an 84-hour forecast to predict weather, fire danger, and smoke dispersion conditions out to three days in the future. Accordingly, with respect to wildfire, OK-FIRE is useful for monitoring not only current fire danger conditions, but also, with its predictive component, for suppression strategies on existing fires and assessing fire danger potential over the next three days, which can aid in determining staffing levels. With respect to prescribed fire, attendees will learn how to use the system to safely plan for and monitor conditions during a prescribed burn.
     Registration is required and can be done by contacting Elaina Wright (elaina.wright@okstate.edu; 405-744-5425) at Oklahoma State University and providing her with your name, affiliation, email address, and phone number. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 27 or until space is filled. There is no cost for the workshop, aside from travel costs to and from Norman.  Registrants should, if possible, bring their own notebook computers with wireless connectivity (no iPads or other tablets); if that's not possible, notebook computers will be available on-site.

Goat AI School: New and experienced goat producers who are serious about increasing their level of management and their bottom line through the use of artificial insemination (AI) should make plans to attend the Goat AI School slated Sept. 17-18 at Porum. Enrollment is limited to 35 individuals to allow participants to work closely with reproductive specialists. Registration is $225 per person, and $100 for each additional attendee from the same farm. The fee includes an AI kit and class materials, as well as two camp lunches and one dinner. All materials needed for class and camp activities will be provided. For more information please visit www.oklagoats.okstate.edu.


New OALP Class Ready for First Seminar: The new Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Class XVI has been selected. During Seminar 1, slated Aug. 22 in Stillwater, there will be a welcome dinner for the new class in the Wes Watkins Center Exhibit Hall at OSU. Prior to the dinner, OALP alumni will be hosting a fund-raising golf tournament in Stillwater. Visit the OALP web site at http://oalp.okstate.edu for more information about this event. Edmond Bonjour, Director of OALP, is very excited about working with the new class members.

New Mesonet Agriculture Website: The Oklahoma Mesonet is proud to announce the new Agriculture section of the Mesonet website, www.mesonet.org, formerly the AgWeather website. The Agriculture section is easy to find by clicking Agriculture in the top menu of the Mesonet website. New features include a Farm Monitor on the home page. It gives a quick review of conditions on the farm from the nearest Mesonet site. Products featured on the Farm Monitor include current conditions, two days of forecast, Cattle Comfort, Evapotranspiration, Dispersion, Peanut Leaf Spot, and Pecan Scab.
     Also available on the home page are quick links to popular Agriculture products. They are located in the left menu under Agriculture Essentials. Products like the Cattle Comfort Advisor, Drift Risk Advisor, and Irrigation Planner can be found there.
     The new Agriculture section offers products in an easier-to-use format. By scrolling over the top sub-menus – Crop, Horticulture, Livestock, Range/Forest, and Learn More – you can quickly visit the section best suited for your needs.
     If you have comments about the page, please email us at albert.sutherland@okstate.edu or sbowen@mesonet.org.

Condolences to: The family of Craig Evans, Extension Associate, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. He passed away Aug. 8. A rosary will take place today, Aug. 10, at 7:00 p.m. at the Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Funeral mass will take place Saturday, Aug. 11 at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD  21203-7090.


OAEAA Members Attend State Meeting: Members of the Oklahoma Association of Extension Agriculture Agents met recently in Bartlesville for the group’s annual state meeting. Several members of the association were recognized with special awards. Those recognized were:

  • Al Sutherland and Mike Weber – Distinguished Service Award
  • Brian Freking and Brian Jervis – Achievement Award
  • Chad Webb – Outstanding Young Educator|
  • Chris Richards – Outstanding State Specialist
  • Casey Russell – Excellence in Programming Award
  • Dave Sparks – Search for Excellence Award
  • Carl Oblander – Computer Graphics Award and Promotional Piece Award
  • Aubie Keesee – Personal Column Award
  • Josh Payne – Individual Newsletter Award
In addition to presenting awards, the group also inducted its 2012-2013 state officers. Incoming officers are President, Mike Weber; President Elect, Wes Lee; Vice President, Justin McDaniel; Secretary/Treasurer, Brian Freking; Secretary/Treasurer Elect, Keenan Varner; Past President, Doug Maxey. Senior Directors are Dana Bay, Northwest District; Aaron Henson, Southwest District; Mike Rose, Northeast District; Carl Oblander, Southeast District; and David Lalman, State. Junior Directors are Cori Woelk, Northwest District; Ron Wright, Southwest District; Ryan Sproul, Northeast District; Lindsey Varner, Southeast District; and Chris Richards, State.



August 14-15: Southeast District 4-H In-Service (TBA)
August 15: Web Soil Survey and other On-line Soil Resources (TBA)
August 20: OK-FIRE Training Workshop, OEM Training Day (Norman)
August 21: Choose a Wheat Variety (Centra)
August 21: Volunteer Wheat and Corn and the Wheat Curl Mite (Centra)
August 21: Planting Date Effects on Wheat Forage and Grain Yield (Centra)
August 22: August Horticulture Update (Online)
August 24: CNEP Area Coordinator Meeting (Oklahoma City)
August 28: Ornamental Plant Materials Conference (Stillwater)
August 28:  White-tailed Deer Management (Stillwater)
August 29: Wheatland Stocker Conference (Enid)
August 31: OK-FIRE Training Workshop, National Weather Center (Norman)
September 11: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Centra)
September 12: Oklahoma State Fair Indoor Exhibits Entry/Judging Day (Oklahoma City)
September 12: OSU Turfgrass and Ornamental Field Day (Stillwater)
September 14: Cooperative Conversation – Windows 8 (Centra)
September 17-18: OSU Goat AI School (Porum)
September 19: September Horticulture Update (Online)
September 19: Community Snapshots – Answering Questions Using Web-based Data (TBD)
September 24: Oklahoma State Fair Indoor Exhibit Release Day (Oklahoma City)
September 25: Tulsa State Fair Indoor Exhibits Entry/Judging Day (Tulsa)


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