Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm Programming Radio Oklahoma Network  |  7401 N. Kelley Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73111  |  (405) 841-3675  |  Fax: (405) 841-3674


Agricultural News

Cimarron Valley Research Station to Host Field Day to Schowcase Latest Horticulture Research

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:15:05 CDT

Cimarron Valley Research Station to Host Field Day to Schowcase Latest Horticulture Research Are you interested in pumpkins, grapes, cowpeas, pecans, lavender and other horticulture crops? If so, make plans to attend the Cimarron Valley Research Station Horticulture Field Day slated Aug. 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lynn Brandenberger, food crops professor in Oklahoma State University’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, said this is a great opportunity for growers to come out to see the different variety trials and learn more about pecan crop load thinning and research being conducted by OSU.

“Our research is important because it has a direct effect on the agricultural industry. It helps farmers be successful in crop production, both from improved yields and by the more efficient production of those products,” Brandenberger said. “It also allows farmers who are truly the original conservationists to continue to improve and take better care of the environment in which they farm. The one thing that has kept Oklahoma farmers, and those across the country, going is they have continued to become more efficient, which allows them to stay in business and produce food at a much lower cost than farmers anywhere else in the world.”

Those who attend the upcoming field day will have an opportunity to see a field trial of more than 25 varieties of pumpkins, along with other crops being grown. This year, OSU researchers are trialing 15 different southern cowpeas emphasizing advanced breeding lines from the University of Arkansas breeding program. Several of these varieties have unique color combinations ranging from red/white, black/white, cream colored and completely black seed coats.

“A majority of the cultivars released from the U of A program have pods that set at the top of the plant and are determinant in growth habit, meaning they are easier to pick both by hand or by machine,” he said.

Becky Carroll, OSU Cooperative Extension assistant specialist, fruit crops and pecans, said information regarding pecan crop load thinning also is on the agenda.

“Producing higher quality pecans, trees that produce each year and protecting your pecan trees from cold damage and limb breakage can be achieved by crop load thinning pecan trees. It may be a few days earlier than suggested for thinning, but the trunk shaker will be ready to demonstrate this process at the field day,” Carroll said. “We’ll help you learn how to determine if your pecan trees need thinning, when to thin and what both homeowners and commercial pecan growers need to get the job done.”

Grapes continue to gain popularity as an Oklahoma crop, and the field day will explore several hybrid wine grapes that are adapted to the state’s sometimes harsh climate. Participants will be able to see how different cultivars grow, how vigorous the vines are and what clusters look like.

“We’re really excited to show everyone what’s going on at the Cimarron Valley Research Station and look forward to a big crowd at the field day,” Brandenberger said.

The event free and open to the public. For more information, contact OSU’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at 405-744-5404.

Source - Oklahoma State University



WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI


Top Agricultural News

  • Economist Derrell Peel "Not Surprised" by Latest On Feed Report, Sees Steady-Higher Prices Coming  Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:33:30 CDT
  • Monsanto Pledges $100K to Support Earthquake Relief Efforts by Save the Children in Mexico City  Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:45:28 CDT
  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids as of 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 22, 2017  Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:18:21 CDT
  • Friday Afternoon Market Wrap-Up with Carson Horn  Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:10:52 CDT
  • Oklahoma FFA Chapters Volunteer to Build Feral Hog Trap Gates for Assoc. of Conservation Districts  Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:01:45 CDT
  • American Farm Bureau Foundation's Latest Purple Plow Project Challenges Students' Ideas on Soil  Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:40:36 CDT
  • Make Plans to Attend the Organic Oklahoma Conference October 4 - 5, Scholarships Still Available  Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:33:36 CDT
  • New Shade System at Texas Tech University's Beef Center Helps Keep Cattle Comfortable, Healthy  Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:13:36 CDT

  • More Headlines...


    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Livestock Exchange Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit P&K Equipment Tulsa Farm Show Stillwater Milling American Farmers & Ranchers KIS FUTURES, INC. Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com

    © 2008-2017 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup

    WebReady powered by WireReady® NSI