Extension Wheat Team's New Webinar Platform Strikes Chord with Farmers, Holds Future PotentialWed, 11 Apr 2018 11:04:43 CDT
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays had the opportunity, Tuesday, to catch up with Dr. Jeff Edwards, head of the plant and soil sciences department at Oklahoma State University, about some new technology the department is using to better connect with stakeholders across Oklahoma and the larger region. This past Monday, Edwards’ team of extension wheat experts broadcast their second wheat update webinar in a trial series they have planned for this spring to disseminate timely information out to farmers at this critical stage of growth for wheat crops in the state and its surrounding neighbors. Edwards shared his excitement for the use of the new technology and the capabilities it has to increase interaction between producers and extension staff while at the same time cutting down on costly resources that a traditional meeting of this nature would typically warrant. Listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
“We discovered this new technology that allows us to have more of a two-way interaction where people can participate from all over the state and throughout the region, and ask questions of our specialists, so it’s a win-win,” Edwards said, also remarking on the Dean’s support behind this initiative. “(Dr. Coon) really encourages us to step out there and see how we can implement some of this new technology to be more effective but also more efficient in what we do.”
Two more webinar sessions are planned for Monday, April 16 and Monday, April 23, both at 8:30 a.m. After that, Edwards says his team will regroup to evaluate whether or not this format holds merit and perhaps see what steps they want to take next in implementing it for other purposes. With summer crop planting around the corner with a large amount of cotton expected to go in the ground, Edwards suggests this could be a possible way to keep growers informed on that front. But, he says the technology really has a lot of potential to be implemented outside his own department and be useful across the entire Division.
During the next scheduled session, Edwards says his team will be joined by state specialists from Texas, Kansas and Nebraska to give a broader perspective on the recent cold snap farmers in the region have been reeling from and what level of injury crops incurred. For more details on how to tune into the next session and participate with submitting your own questions, jump to a previous story on website with step-by-step instructions on how to connect.
All of the updated information featured on the previous webinar sessions, can be found here.
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