Pesticide Applicator Training Updates

In this episode Josh and Trent discuss changes to the private and certified applicator training process for Oklahoma producers. There is a new testing procedure and new opportunities for CEU for private applicators which has not been available before. If you are a certified or private applicator, listen in to see how the changes affect you.

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Pesticide Applicator Training Updates
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Wheat Pasture COG: Are You Valuing Your Wheat?

In this episode, Josh and Trent discuss the penalty from grazing wheat in a dual purpose system and how much it will cost producers to run cattle on this forage source. With the increased cost of wheat and higher input costs, producers should analyze their budget situation to make sure they are receiving enough money for allowing cattle to graze their crop.

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Wheat Pasture COG: Are You Valuing Your Wheat?
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Preconditioning Defined

This episode we invited Jeff Robe back to discuss calf preconditioning and the OSU preconditioning program, Oklahoma Quality Beef Network.

If you would like to order tags, visit the OQBN website and look for “Order Tags Online” on the right.

Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Website

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Preconditioning Defined
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Beef Demand Behind the Scenes

This week Dana invites back Heather Buckmaster, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Beef Council. This week the focus is beef demand and the 35th Anniversary of the Beef Checkoff. Tune in to find out how OK consumers rank against other consumers outside our state. We also take a behind the scenes look at how the Checkoff has made positive changes to beef in the last 35 years.

Visit the Oklahoma Beef Council Website

Interested in learning more about the Beef Checkoff? View the new Whiteboard Videos.

Become Beef Quality Assurance Certified

Checkout the OBC YouTube Website

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Beef Demand Behind the Scenes
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What does the OK Beef Council do for you?

This week Dana is joined by Heather Buckmaster, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Beef Council. They discuss the origins of the state beef councils, the checkoff and how the OBC promotes beef within the state, nation and around the world.

Visit the Oklahoma Beef Council Website

Interested in learning more about the Beef Checkoff? View the new Whiteboard Videos.

Become Beef Quality Assurance Certified

Dana’s new favorite beef council recipe Spy Thai Beef and the unique Beef Sticky Buns

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
What does the OK Beef Council do for you?
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Despondency to Euphoria; A look at Wheat and Soybean Markets

In this episode, Trent gives and excellent technical analysis of the current wheat and soybean markets. While volatile, these markets are seeing a positive run. Trent encourages producers to lock in some prices and employ some risk management tools to take advantage this market.

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Despondency to Euphoria; A look at Wheat and Soybean Markets
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OSU Master Cattlemen

This week, Dana speaks with Dr. Kellie Raper about OSU’s Master Cattlemen Program. Started in 2004, Master Cattlemen has evolved to now publish it’s eighth edition of the Beef Cow Manual. Join us for a fun discussion about the program and exciting news about upcoming classes.

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
OSU Master Cattlemen
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Preserving Bale Quality

This week, Dana Zook and Marty New dive into round bale storage. Does round bale storage impact hay quality? Tune into the discussion and the announcement of several hay storage demonstration opportunities across the state.

Round Bale Hay Storage Factsheet – BAE-1716

Reducing Winter Feeding Costs – PSS-2570

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Preserving Bale Quality
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American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

Trent Milacek and JC Hobbs talk about debt relief for socially disadvantaged farmers. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provides monies that are being administered by the FSA and our discussion hits on eligibility and potential tax liabilities for those receiving ad hoc disaster payments. Please visit https://www.farmers.gov/americanrescueplan to discover more details on the topic.

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
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Educator Spotlight: Brian Freking

In this episode we get to talk with Brian Freking the Southeast Area Extension Livestock Specialist. Brian Hails from Iowa and now wears many hats in Extension as both an area specialist and filling in for vacant county ag positions in his area. Join us for a discussion with one of the great extension specialists in OK!

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Educator Spotlight: Brian Freking
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Fly Talk with Brian Freking

Brian Freking joins us this week for a timely discussion on horn fly control in beef cattle. As the most negetively impacting insect for beef, understanding horn fly management is crucial to summer gains in stockers and milk production in mature cows.

Beef Cattle Ectoparasites Factsheet

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Fly Talk with Brian Freking
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Beefing up Silage Production; Part 2

This week we welcome Dr. Renato Schmidt, Forage Product Specialist from Lallemand Animal Nutrition for a discussion on silage production. Dr. Schmidt flew in from Wisconsin to talk to Olahoma producers at a Silage meeting in Fairview on May 18th. Part 2 covers silage feedout and silage safety.

Lallemand Animal Nutrition

Quality Silage – website with excellent silage resources including

Ensuring Silage Safety

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Beefing up Silage Production; Part 2
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Beefing up Silage Production; Part 1

This week we welcome Dr. Renato Schmidt, Forage Product Specialist from Lallemand Animal Nutrition for a discussion on silage production. Dr. Schmidt flew in from Wisconsin to talk to OKlahoma producers at a Silage meeting in Fairview on May 18th. We were lucky enough to pin him down for an interview. Part 1 covers silage harvest and fermentation.

Lallemand Animal Nutrition

Quality Silage – website with excellent silage resources including

Ensuring Silage Safety

Bunker Silo Sizing and Management Factsheet

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Beefing up Silage Production; Part 1
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Educator Spotlight: Ally Minor

This week we interview new ag educator Ally Minor. Ally is a relatively new educator to Grady County, OK. Ally grew up in Arkansas on a diversified ag operation where they raised broiler chickens and commercial and purebred shorthorn cattle. Ally has an Animal Science degree from OSU and has been very successful starting a variety of successful ag extension programs in Grady County

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Educator Spotlight: Ally Minor
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What came first, the chicken or the egg?

This week we talk with Ally Minor about…you guess it…chickens. Backyard poultry, planning for your flock, chicks, bird care, local ordinances/regulations and and a brand new online chicken training manual. Don’t fly the coop – join us!

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
What came first, the chicken or the egg?
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Brrr…Can my plants still thrive?

This week the hosts talk horticulture with Courtney Keck, the Canadian County Horticulture Educator. Numerous inquiries about the state of plant health after the February deep freeze have lead to this discussion.

Effects of Deep Freeze on Landscape Plants

USDA Hardiness Zone Map

Oklahoma Gardening Segment What to look for in Freeze Damaged Plants

Winter Injured Plants in the Landscape Video by Canadian County OSU Extension

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Brrr...Can my plants still thrive?
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Spring Crop Update & Price Impacts

This week, the hosts give a brief update on the Spring growing conditions, discuss crop prices and marketing opportunities.

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Spring Crop Update & Price Impacts
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Ask a Vet: Bludgeoning BVDv

We finalize this series on BVDv with a cattle health discussion with OSU Extension Vet, Barry Whitworth. Barry gives great insight on the disease, symptoms and prevention measures.

Managing Persistently Infected BVDv in Cattle

BVD is Alive and Well in OK

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Ask a Vet: Bludgeoning BVDv
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Ask a Vet; Guide to Calving

Oklahoma cattle producers are deep into calving season. This week we have a Calving Q&A session with one of our Extension Veterinarians, Dr. Barry Whitworth.

Calving Time Management for Beef Cows and Heifers E-1006

Cow-Calf Corner – Stage 1 of Calving Video 1/23/21

Cow-Calf Corner – Stage 2 of Calving Video 1/30/21

Cow-Calf Corner – Stage 3 of Calving Video 2/6/21

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Ask a Vet; Guide to Calving
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Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDv) – A Real Life Story Part 2

The week we continue a 3 part series on BVDv and the impact on a local cattle herd. Part of the shipping fever pneumonia complex, this disease is wide reaching and impacts to the US cattle herd are significant. Think this doesn’t apply to you? Think again…this disease eludes producers with Persistently Infected (PI) animals. Often, these PI animals don’t show symptoms of the infection and can infect whole herds.

Managing Persistently Infected BVDv in Cattle

BVD is Alive and Well in OK

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDv) - A Real Life Story Part 2
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Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDv) – A Real Life Story Part 1

The week we start a 3 part series on BVDv and the impact on a local cattle herd. Part of the shipping fever pneumonia complex, this disease is wide reaching and impacts to the US cattle herd are significant. Think this doesn’t apply to you? Think again…this disease eludes producers with Persistently Infected (PI) animals. Often, these PI animals don’t show symptoms of the infection and can infect whole herds.

Managing Persistently Infected BVDv in Cattle

Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDv) - A Real Life Story Part 1
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Educator Spotlight: Earl Ward

This week we are highlighting Northeast Area Livestock Specialist, Earl Ward. This Oklahoma native hailing from Durant, OK brings nutrition expertise to the Extension system. His creative drive and unique sense of humor makes him excellent at both educator and ag producer education.

Earl is located in the Northeast District Office in Muskogee, OK

NEOK Ag Advantage Facebook Page – all Earls videos are posted here in a addition to some great timely ag topics.

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Educator Spotlight: Earl Ward
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Vote for Oats! : Cows Choice for Hay

Are oats in your future as a late spring grazing option? This week we talk about the details of planting oats, soil fertility needed, and realistic expectations of forage production.

Spring-planted Oat for Grazing or Hay Production Factsheet PSS-2160

Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Vote for Oats! : Cows Choice for Hay
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Are your Cows Prima Ballerinas?

This is part two of addressing breeding season readiness in the beef herd. Earl Ward joins us from Northeast Oklahoma to address this timely topic. Body condition, feeding and supplementation are all on tap in this episode.

Supplementing Beef Cows ANSI-3010

Body Condition Scoring of Beef Cows ANSI-3283

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Are your Cows Prima Ballerinas?
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What Happened to La Nina?

This week we visited with Wes Lee, OSU Assistant Extension Specialist with the Oklahoma Mesonet. We discussed the origin story of the Mesonet and why Oklahoma weather has diverted from the forecasted warmer and drier La Nina winter to a slightly wetter than average trend.

Managing Cattle and Forages in a Dry Weather Pattern – OSU Beef Extension Ranchers Thursday Lunchtime Series starting this week on Thursday January 28th at 12:30.

Register Here

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
What Happened to La Nina?
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Preparing your Herd’s Ultimate Athlete

Bull prep is this weeks topic. As we turn the calendar year, producers are thinking about their bull battery and making decisions for the spring breeding season. We are joined by Marty New, SW Area Extension Livestock Specialist to talk about how we get bulls ready for the breeding season, cow to bull ratios, and bull rotation.

Postweaning Evaluation Programs for Beef Bulls ANSI-3002

Check out our Chapter on Bull Managmenet in the Oklahoma Beef Manual – This can be purchased from local OSU County Extension Office or you can order a Oklahoma Beef Manual here

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Preparing your Herd's Ultimate Athlete
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Educator Spotlight: Marty New

This week, we have another episode highlighting one of the extension educators in the OSU Cooperative extension system. It was our honor to speak with Marty New, SW Area Extension Livestock Specialist. Marty is a Comanche County Native that has had a long history in OSU Extension as a county educator and now as an area specialist. His programming through 23 years of service has been extensive, offering ag and 4H programs to youth and producers across Oklahoma.

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Educator Spotlight: Marty New
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Christmas Tree Psychology

Nothing is more Christmas than the iconic Evergreen Christmas Trees. Trent digs into the family psychology of Christmas trees. Josh talks native trees and Dana digs into their history. Join us for this unique holiday episode!

P.S. Sorry about the audio quality on this one, COVID distancing isn’t ideal for pristine recording conditions.

Selection and Care of Christmas Trees

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Christmas Tree Psychology
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Is your wheat hungry?

This episode focuses on nitrogen application of wheat. Nitrogen done right! – right source, right place, right time, and right place.

Dana also announced the Heifer Development Program on the Weekly Ranchers Lunchtime webinar series. Register for the weekly webinar here

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Is your wheat hungry?
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Does Wheat Pasture Work for Mature Cows?

This week your hosts discuss how to use wheat pasture for mature cows. Scenarios of full access to wheat and limit grazing are discussed along with the economics of this unique grazing option.

OSU Weekly Ranchers Lunchtime Series YouTube Video: Supplementing Cows on Wheat

Supplementing Beef Cows Factsheet: Using High Quality Pastures to Supplement Low Quality Forage

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Does Wheat Pasture Work for Mature Cows?
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Thanksgiving Conundrum (Is Turkey Still King?)

In this episode Dana, Josh and Trent dive into the epic experience that is the feast of the year. We all know that turkey is the staple but Josh and Dana try to make a case against it. If you want to hear more about tradition, side dishes and the ever popular desserts then tune in! We are very thankful to our listeners and hope you have a safe, fun and happy Thanksgiving!

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Thanksgiving Conundrum (Is Turkey Still King?)
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History of Wheat Pasture

The week, we invited Greg Highfill back to enlighten us on the history of wheat pasture grazing in Oklahoma. Greg started his career in the 1980’s when a great deal of wheat pasture research was first coming to light. In response, Greg developed many valuable programs over the years to help producers be more successful with this resource. Grazing, agronomy, and supplementation on wheat pasture is all discussed. Don’t miss the great dose of OK Ag History!

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
History of Wheat Pasture
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Grazing Crop Residues

This week we talk about the nutritional value of crop residues for cattle. These acres are valuable but have a limited “shelf-life”. Tune in to find out the basic on this alternative grazing option.

The Potential of Grazing Grain Sorghum Residue Following Harvest PSS-2607

Nitrate Toxicity in Livestock PSS-2903

Prussic Acid Poisoning PSS-2904

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Grazing Crop Residues
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Late Planted Wheat

This week we lean on Josh to guide us through the territory of late planted wheat. Josh talks about the adjustments in management needed if you plan to plant now through the end of November. As usual, if we talk about drought it rains! Some of our perspectives in this podcast were made based on the fact that it had not rained yet. We hope the moisture, albeit in the form of ice for many, will allow you to have a successful finish to wheat planting.

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Late Planted Wheat
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Beef Cow Mineral Overview

This week your hosts talk about minerals for beef cows. We cover a variety of topics including mineral consumption, limiting mineral intake, mineral forms and feeders, and the four main minerals needed for beef cows.

Vitamin and Mineral Nutrition of Grazing Cattle E-861

Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Beef Cow Mineral Overview
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Thoughts on Fall

This week Trent, Josh, and Dana dive into the season of Fall. Harvest, planting, pumpkins, cooking, and cooler weather are topics that drive the conversation this week.

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Thoughts on Fall
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Insights into CFAP

This week your hosts give a general overview of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Details for livestock and crops are covered with some insights into specialty livestock and sales commodities. Be sure to visit you local county FSA office for more information and for assistance signing up.

Check out the CFAP Website for more details

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Insights into CFAP
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Farm to Market with Dr. Derrell Peel

This week we has the pleasure of visiting with Dr. Derrell Peel, OSU Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist. We of course discuss livestock markets but dive into many other facets of Dr. Peels career and life. His continued love of learning and fascination with global agriculture has lead him on trips all over the world. We also dive into one of his newest ventures, the Farm to Market Podcast.

Episode Resources:

Farm to Market Podcast with Dr. Derrell Peel and Charlie Amos

On mobile devices, you can find the Farm to Market Podcast on Spotify, Apple podcast, and Stitcher

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Farm to Market with Dr. Derrell Peel
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Preconditioning & OQBN with Jeff Robe

This week our guest is Jeff Robe, Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Coordinator. We visit with Jeff generally about the benefits of weaning and preconditioning calves in addition to discussing the OQBN program and the upcoming fall sales season.

Episode Resources:

OQBN website – To enroll, producers can order tags and provide their information during that process. Look at the right handside of the the home page – big orange letters “Order Tags Online”. Avoid using internet explorer as the browser when ordering tags. Contact the OQBN office or a county extension office if you have difficulty ordering and we will be happy to help you out.

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Preconditioning & OQBN with Jeff Robe
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Hot Topics about Fall Wheat Fertility

This week Trent, Josh, and Dana address the very timely topic of fall wheat fertility. As the drills begin to run across Oklahoma, it is very timely to consider fertility aspects of wheat and other small grains. Are you growing wheat for forage or grain? Fertility will vary depending on your goals of the wheat crop.

Episode Resources:

SWAFL Services and Prices (L-241)

How to Get a Good Soil Sample (PSS-2207)

OSU Soil Test Interpretations (PSS-2225)

Fertilization Based on Sufficience, Build-up and Maintenance Concept (PSS-2266)

Forage and Pasture Fertility Guide (E-1021)

Soil Fertility Handbook (E-1039)

Small Grains Fall Forage Production (CR-2141)

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Hot Topics about Fall Wheat Fertility
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Educator Spotlight: Rick Nelson

This week, we have another episode highlighting one of the extension educators in the OSU Cooperative extension system. It was our honor to speak with Rick Nelson, the Garfield County OSU Extension Ag Educator. Rick hails from the tiny town of Canton, OK. Devoted to the service of agricultural producers, Ricks career spans the extension system in both Kansas and Oklahoma. We had a great discussion with Rick about his experience in many facets of the ag industry. Tune in for this informative discussion.

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Educator Spotlight: Rick Nelson
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Weed Control with Dr. Manuchehri

This week we invited OSU Extension Weed Scientist, Dr. Misha Manucherhri to discuss weed control in small grains. Dr. Manucherhri hails from the state of Oregon, but has come to feel at home in the Southern Plains after post graduate education at Texas Tech followed by a extension and teaching position here at OSU.

Episode Resources:

Find Dr. Manucherhri on twitter @OSUWeedScience

OSU Weed Science Website

Grass Weed ID, L-316

Mustard ID & Herbicide Options, PSS-2787

Herbicide Options for Wheat, PSS-2786

Ryegrass Control, PSS-2791

Cheat Control, PSS-2774

Resistant Weed Submission Form, PSS-2779

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Weed Control with Dr. Manuchehri
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Beef Nutrition: Fall to-do List

Your hosts are back to summarize some simple things to get a jump start on fall and winter nutrition for the beef herd. Identify the target (Cows or calves), get a forage test, local feed and supplement options, supplement for cows, and feed for back-grounding calves for wheat or sale are all on the docket for today.

Show notes:

Nutrition and Management Considerations for Preconditioning Home Raised Beef Calves ANSI-3031

Nutrition Requirements of Beef Cattle E-974

Testing Services and Price List for OSU Soil, Water,& Forage Analytical Lab

Collecting Forage Samples for Analysis PSS-2589

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Beef Nutrition: Fall to-do List
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Planning for Canola?

Since the development of winter-tolerant canola, Oklahoma producers have had this crop as an option for rotation within the traditional wheat system. This episode will include a variety of options producers have for canola production in Oklahoma.

The deadline to sign up for Canola Insurance in many places is the end of August.

Show notes:

Managing Winter Canola in Oklahoma PSS-2130

Great Plains Canola Production Handbook, KSU MF2734

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Planning for Canola?
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Choosing a Wheat Variety

This week Josh gets the hot seat by giving us the low-down on wheat variety selection. So many factors go into the selection of a wheat variety that works best for each operation. Soil pH, planting date, first hollow stem, soil temperature are all discussed, along with the aspects of graze out, dual purpose and grain only management styles.

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Choosing a Wheat Variety
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Educator Spotlight: Greg Highfill

This week we get the pleasure of interview, Greg Highfill, Woods County Ag Extension Educator. Greg has an extensive history in OSU Extension. From his initial role in extension as a 4H Educator in Woodward County to Area Livestock Specialist in Enid and then on to Woods County, Greg has wore many hats over the years. Join us for a conversation with one of OSU Extensions most experienced educators.

Episode Resources:

Woods County OSU Extension Website

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Educator Spotlight: Greg Highfill
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Alfalfa Establishment and Maintenance

This week your hosts will focus on the establishment and maintenance of Alfalfa. We invited Tommy Puffinbarger, Alfalfa County OSU Extension Educator, back to give us his perspective on alfalfa production. Tommy has lifelong experience in alfalfa production and hails from a county that is often the top hay producer in the state of Oklahoma.

Show notes:

Alfalfa Stand Establishment PSS-2089

Selecting Alfalfa Varieties PSS-2062

Alfalfa Autotoxicity PSS-2061

Alfalfa Production Guide for the Southern Great Plains E-826

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Alfalfa Establishment and Maintenance
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Educator Spotlight: Tommy Puffinbarger

This week we had a fun conversation with the Alfalfa County OSU Extension Educator, Tommy Puffinbarger. Tommy is an Ag/4H educator in Alfalfa county, where he was born and raised. Tommy has a vast knowledge of agronomy, animal science, and youth development. We discussed some of Tommy’s highlight programs in his career and dove into some of his personal interests. Sit back and enjoy this entertaining conversation!

Show Notes:

Alfalfa County OSU Extension Website

Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Educator Spotlight: Tommy Puffinbarger
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Double Crop Talk: Weed Control and Grazing

This week your hosts discuss weed control in double crops. Herbicide selection and management were the main topics with some tips about application in hot conditions. How does stress play a role the effectiveness of a herbicide? What is the value of these crops as forage? What are the implications of grazing a crop that was meant to produce grain? Nitrate Toxicity and prussic acid poisoning are reviewed as timely topics for summer grazers.

Episode links:

Nitrate Toxicity in Livestock (PSS-2903)

Prussic Acid Poisoning in Livestock (PSS-2904)

Understanding Herbicide MoA (PSS-2778)

Soybean Weed Management (PSS-2794)

Soybean Herbicide Options without Dicamba (PSS-2195)

Soybean Pre-Mix Herbicides (CR-2781)

Dr. Brent Bean, Sorghum Checkoff: Sorghum Yield Loss

Grazing Sorghum after Harvest (PSS-2607)

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Double Crop Talk: Weed Control and Grazing
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Fly Control: 5 Things to Know

In this episode, your hosts discuss fly control in beef cattle. Topics that are covered include 1) Identification of the insect, 2) Why control and what are the impacts of no control?, 3) When are flies a problem?, 4) What methods of control are available?, and 5) Resistance Prevention.

Episode Resources:

Recent Livestock and Horn Flies Sunup segment

OSU Livestock Bugs Website featuring information on flies that affect beef cattle

Beef Cattle Ectoparasites Factsheet

Vet PestX is an educational resource for all people dealing with livestock. This resource lists all available insecticide chemicals and their active ingredients of each product which helps to ensure chemical rotation can be achieved.

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Fly Control: 5 Things to Know
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Harvest Memories

In this episode, Trent, Josh, and Dana reminisce about crop harvests of the pasts. Dana recalls memories from Nebraska fall corn and soybean harvest while Josh and Trent lend their experiences from a variety of crops grown in Oklahoma. Josh highlights unique perspectives from picking watermelons and Trent recalls fighting his brother for the best piece of equipment. Harvest isn’t all fun and games but in the end it’s often a family affair.

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Harvest Memories
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Forage Management in Dry Times

In this episode, your hosts discuss ecological variability across Oklahoma, forage production, and forage management. Areas of Oklahoma have slipped into a drier period and forage production has been affected. The hosts cover the difficulty of managing stocking rate for dry times.

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Forage Management in Dry Times
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Hot Shot Episode: Dicamba Update & Beef Webinar Series

Welcome to the first Hot Shot Episode where we cover hot topics of interest. In this episode, Dana highlights an upcoming webinar series by the OSU Beef Extension Team based on Forage Management. Josh follows with a summary on the recent rulings about dicamba use.

Links of Interest:

Rancher’s Thursday Lunchtime Series on Forage Management

Herbicide Options for Soybeans

Herbicide Options for Cotton

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Hot Shot Episode: Dicamba Update & Beef Webinar Series
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Warm Season Crops

In this episode, your hosts talk about summer crops. What are the differences in true summer crops or those put in after a wheat crop? What are the pros and cons to these planting decisions? Do temperatures matter? How about day and nighttime length? These questions and more are covered by Josh, Trent, and Dana.

Episode Resources:

Understanding Soybean Nodulation and Inoculation

Cover Crops for Weed Management in Oklahoma

Meshing Soybean Weed Management with Agronomic Practices in Oklahoma

New Soybean and Cotton Herbicide Technology Considerations

Components and Ratios of Pre-mix Herbicides for Use in Soybean

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Warm Season Crops
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Finishing Beef Basics

In this episode, your hosts talk about finishing beef on a small scale. Trent gives great insight why consumers have renewed interest in farm raised butcher beef. This clip is heavy on “things to consider” before buying a calf to butcher. Dana gives her insight on management and nutrition and Josh provides context from the consumer. This episode only scratches the surface on this topic so stay tuned for more finishing beef wisdom in the future.

Episode Resources:

OSU Sunup segment focused on Direct Marketing Beef

Buying Beef for Home Freezers

Regulatory Landscape for the Direct Marketing of Meat and Poultry in Oklahoma

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Finishing Beef Basics
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Summer Forages

Your hosts discuss a variety of options dealing with summer forages. Varieties are discussed as well as the Okie term of Summer Feed. Josh gives his agronomic view of a variety of summer crops and thoughts dealing with planting and fertility. Dana gives her insight of summer forages from the livestock nutrition perspective of both grazing and haying. The hosts all talk about the control, prevention and testing of nitrates in summer forages. Trent rounds out the conversation with realistic perspective from his operation.

Episode Resources:

Collecting Soil and Forage Samples for Analysis

Nitrate Toxicity in Livestock

Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Summer Forages
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Summer Ag Thoughts

In this episode, Dana explains the importance of vaccine handling as temperatures climb and beef producers work cattle before turning out to summer pastures. Josh give us an update about local freeze damage in wheat and how damage may be more severe in some areas than what was previously thought. Trent rounds out the conversation with some insight on crop insurance and reporting crop damages in a timely manner.

Episode Resources:

DIY Chute Side Vaccine Cooler

Estimating Wheat Grain Yield Potential

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Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Summer Ag Thoughts
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Wheat Hay

This episode highlights all things dealing with wheat. Josh gives insight to the reason behind cutting wheat for hay rather than taking it to grain. Dana adds her thoughts about wheat hay quality and Trent includes his thoughts about valuing and the market for wheat hay.

Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Wheat Hay
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Covid-19 Challenges

In this episode, the Dana, Josh and Trent give insight to how the Covid-19 era has changed how they do extension work. They talk about challenges with the new ways of education but also the positive things that are coming from this crazy time.

Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Covid-19 Challenges
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About Us

This episode highlights the backgrounds of each of the co-hosts, Dana Zook, Trent Milacek, and Josh Bushong.

Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
About Us
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New Endeavors

In this episode, we dive into our reasons behind creating the Extension Experience Podcast. Dana, Trent, and Josh each share their personal perspectives on podcasting and why they feel it will work for their perspective areas.

Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
Extension Experience – Insights into Oklahoma Agriculture
New Endeavors
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