Articles tagged with: Agriculture

Tis the season for Bloat!

This week Dana invites Dr. Paul Beck to talk about the bloat in cattle on wheat pasture. February and March is prime time for bloat in wheat pasture calves making it a very relevant discussion. Tune in to hear about the different types of bloat, why it occurs, and what products are available to manage [ Read More ]

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Using Urea in Beef Cattle Diets

This week, Dana has a discussion about Urea use in beef cattle diets with Dr. Dave Lalman. Resources: Considerations of Urea Use in Beef Cattle Diets – SDSU Article Urea and NPN for Cattle and Sheep – Colorado State Article A Comparison of Cottonseed Meal and Urea in Low Protein Winter Range Supplements for Cattle [ Read More ]

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The Likelihood of Returns from Preconditioning Management

This is the second part of a two part series on OQBN and the various management practices associated with it. In this series, Dr. Kellie Raper reports on her finds as the “lady behind the numbers” in the OQBN program. Dana and Kellie look at the value of preconditioning, lot size, sex, castration and dehorning. [ Read More ]

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Is Preconditioning Worth it?

This starts a two part series on OQBN and the various management practices associated with it. In this series, Dr. Kellie Raper reports on her finds as the “lady behind the numbers” in the OQBN program. Dana and Kellie look at the value of preconditioning, lot size, sex, castration and dehorning. View the OQBN website [ Read More ]

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OSU Extension to host Cattlewomen’s College October 4th-5th in Beaver, OK

Calling all Cattlewomen! OSU Extension is hosting a two-day all-inclusive program designed for women in the beef industry.  Come learn from OSU Extension Specialists and enjoy fellowship in the heart of the Oklahoma Panhandle.   50 Spots are available. $75 per person (check) Make Checks Payable to Harper County OSU Extension 1001 N. Hoy P.O. Box [ Read More ]

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Beef Dairy Cross Calf Performance Part 2

This week, Dana follows up with Dr. Paul Beck on the finishing performance of beef/dairy cross calves in a research study at the OSU Willard Sparks Research Center.

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Beef – Dairy Cross Calf Performance with Dr. Beck

This week, Dana Zook speaks with Dr. Paul Beck about his groups research on the performance of beef x dairy cross calves.

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“Even cows need to earn their keep!” with Dr. Barry Whitworth

Tune in this week to hear a discussion about pregnancy checking, the options, and benefits of this under-utilized management practice. A Planning Calendar for Beef Cattle Herd Health (link) Bovine Trichomoniasis (link) Beef Cull Cow Management and Marketing Alternatives (link)

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What to do about armadillos, squirrels, snakes and other creatures…

This week, Dana speaks with Dr. Dwayne Elmore about controlling nuisance wildlife. This is a fun episode where we discuss deer, armadillo, squirrels, prairie dogs, gophers, and moles and how we can manage, tolerate, and/or control them across the landscape. Resources: Managing Deer Damage to Crop Fields in Oklahoman (link) Reducing Deer Damage in Horticulture [ Read More ]

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Big Changes to OTC Antibiotics after June 11th

This week Dana speaks with Dr. Barry Whitworth about how over the counter antibiotics are not going to be available after June 11th, 2023. After this time, all antibiotics will require a prescription from a licensed veterinarian. Producers who haven’t consistently used a veterinarian in the past will need to establish a working relationship with [ Read More ]

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The Misbehavior of Eastern Redcedar

This week, Dana invites Dr. Laura Goodman back to discuss the negative impacts of Eastern Redcedar on our nations grasslands. They discuss how the Eastern Redcedar has become commonplace in our grasslands across the U.S. and the importance of control to maintain rangeland health. Sources for this episode include: Eastern Redcedar as a Hazardous Fuel [ Read More ]

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Preserving Native Range in Drought

This week Dana speaks with Dr. Laura Goodman, OSU Extension Range Specialist about the impacts of drought on native range. We discuss stocking rate and the new Rangeland Analysis Platform (RAP) tool that can help producers anticipate forage growth in the upcoming growing season. Click the link for the Rangelands Analysis Platform (RAP) To look [ Read More ]

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Spring Prep for Deer Season

This week, Dana joins Dr. Dwayne Elmore for a discussion on the spring and summer preparations hunters and landowners can do to prepare for fall hunting season. OSU Factsheet – Quality Deer Management in Oklahoma OSU Factsheet – Reducing Mortality of Grassland Wildlife During Haying and Wheat Harvesting Operations OSU Factsheet – White-tailed deer Habitat [ Read More ]

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Pasture Fertility Need is Different in Drought

This week Josh and Dana spoke with Dr. Brian Arnall after one of the Spring Forage Meetings held across NW OK. We talk about Small Grains and Perennial Pastures. We cover Nitrogen but also the increased need for Phosphorus and Potassium in drought and overgrazed forages. Soil sampling is also a big topic. Check out [ Read More ]

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Developing a Successful Relationship with your Veterinarian

This week, Dana sits down with Dr. Meredyth Jones, Associate Professor at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine to discuss a survey that she did with Rural Oklahoma Veterinarians. Through the survey, Dr. Jones asked for perspective on what makes the livestock producer-veterinarian relationship successful. Veterinary Viewpoints: Cultivating veterinarian and producer relationships – article by [ Read More ]

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Former Okie returns to lead OSU Animal Science

This week Dana interviews Dr. Richard Coffey, new department head of the OSU Animal Science Department. Oklahoma State Animal Science Department Meet Dr. Coffey Transcripts of episode available upon request. Oklahoma State University, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, Title IX of [ Read More ]

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Happy Trails, Trent!

This week, Trent bids us farewell as he moves on to a new position. Transcripts of episode available upon request. Oklahoma State University, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Americans with Disabilities Act of [ Read More ]

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Manage Risk with LRP

This week, Trent discusses Livestock Risk Protection, a great program for producers to manage risk on cattle. Tune in to hear about how this product is an alternative to hedging and can be useful for smaller groups of cattle. LRP OSU Factsheet – this is a little out of date but is a good reference [ Read More ]

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Oklahoma Agriculture starts with SUNUP

This week, Dana speaks with Kurtis Hair behind the scenes of SUNUP tv. Watch past episodes on the SUNUP website Watch SUNUP live on Saturdays at 7:30AM on your local OETA station Transcripts of episode available upon request. Oklahoma State University, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, [ Read More ]

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Nitrate and Prussic Acid: Is it Poisonous or Toxic?

In this episode Josh, Dana and Trent discuss nitrate toxicity and prussic acid poisoning risks for livestock utilizing summer forages. Transcripts of episode available upon request. Oklahoma State University, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of [ Read More ]

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Is Worthless Hay Worth Less?

In this episode Dana, Josh and Trent discuss the value of hay and traditional supplements to assist producers with the difficult chore of purchasing rations for winter feeding. Transcripts of episode available upon request. Oklahoma State University, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as [ Read More ]

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Feeding Cows in Drought with Dr. Dave Lalman

This week Dana is joined by Dr. Dave Lalman to talk about supplementation and feeding the beef cows this winter amidst continued drought and low forage supplies. Request a copy of the OSU Beef Cowculator a ration balancer for Beef Cattle of all production stages Limit Feeding Concentrate Diets to Beef Cows as as Alternative [ Read More ]

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Local Butcher Shop; a Meat Lovers Dream

This week Dana speaks with Eldon Campbell, Garfield County Native, former 4H’er and OSU Graduate about his journey to becoming part owner of the small business called T&C Meats in Enid, OK. T&C Meats, a small local butcher shop that opened in 2017, has been a huge success selling prime steaks, premium ground beef, and [ Read More ]

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Get Ready to Plant Wheat

In this episode Trent and Josh recap the summer extension season and give producers some tips on planting wheat this fall. Transcripts of episode available upon request. Oklahoma State University, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments [ Read More ]

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A Hybrid of Grain and Forage Finished Beef with Dr. Paul Beck

This week Dana continues the finishing beef conversation with Dr. Paul Beck. Forage or grass finished beef has it’s market share with consumers but it actually can be very challenging to produce. Forage management is key to having high quality forage at all times of the year, even through a tough Oklahoma drought! Paul discusses [ Read More ]

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The Basics of Finishing Beef with Dr. Paul Beck

This week, Dana starts a two-part series with Dr. Paul Beck about small scale finishing beef. This episode will discuss nutrition, facility, selection and health considerations for those who might be interested in finishing their own beef on their farm. Finishing Beef Cattle on the Farm AFS-3303 An Introduction to Finishing Beef AFS-3302 Transcripts of [ Read More ]

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Stockpiling Forages to Decrease Feed Costs with Brian Pugh

This week, Dana talks with Brian Pugh, OSU Extension Northeast Area Agronomist for insight into stockpiling Bermudagrass and other forages. Stockpiling is a way to reduce both hay feeding and supplementation in livestock operations. Mother nature has a role in the success of stockpiling but opportunities exist in both the Eastern and Western parts of [ Read More ]

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Have sprinklers?…will water

This week we highlight July as Smart Irrigation Month. To discuss what this means, Dana speaks with Josh Campbell (Oklahoma County Urban Ag and Natural Resources Educator) and Brad Secraw (Cleveland County Ag Educator) about addressing water use in landscapes and lawns. Listen in for this fun and very applicable conversation. Water Efficient Landscapes for [ Read More ]

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Women in Ag with Sonya McDaniel

This week Dana interviews Sonya McDaniel, the coordinator of the OSU Women in Agriculture Conference. This years conference will be held August 4-5th at the Champion Conference Center in Oklahoma City. As you will hear, this event is so much more than education; it’s a place for networking and engagement of women across the state. [ Read More ]

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Addressing the Rural Vet Shortage

This week, Dana sits down with Dr. Rosslyn Biggs to discuss the fact that rural Oklahomans are experiencing a severe shortage in large animal veterinarians. Through grant funding, Dr. Biggs and many others at OSU are hosting a new in person module series called the OSU Integrated Beef Program to address this. Interested Veterinarians and [ Read More ]

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Oklahoma Gardens with Casey Hentges

This week, Dana hosts Casey Hentges, OSU Extension Specialist for OSU Extension in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. Casey is also the host for the flagship gardening show Oklahoma Gardening. Dana and Casey discuss the Oklahoma Gardening show in addition to the Botanic Garden at OSU, the home for all things OSU Horticulture. [ Read More ]

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A Closer Look at Pinkeye with Dr. Rosslyn Biggs

This week Dana sits down with Dr. Rosslyn Biggs to discuss a common summer issue in beef cattle called Pinkeye. OSU Pinkeye Factsheet Dr. Barry Whitworth explains Pinkeye on Sunup Dr. Glenn Selk explains the heritability of eye problems in Beef Cattle on Sunup Transcripts of episode available upon request. Oklahoma State University, in compliance [ Read More ]

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Wheat Needs a Drink

Josh and Trent discuss the current Oklahoma wheat crop and what producers should think about in terms of input management and harvest time decisions. Feel free to ask us a question! extensionexperience@okstate.edu

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Calf Vaccine Research Direct from OSU

This week Dana talks with OQBN coordinator Jeff Robe about his Masters Thesis project focused on vaccination timing of calves using OQBN vaccine protocols. For more information about his research, contact Jeff Robe at 405-744-4268 Find out about the upcoming Calf Health Clinics offered by a OSU County Extension Office near you: Extension Meeting Host [ Read More ]

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Vegetables love flowers!

In this episode, Dana speaks with Carla Smith, Pottawatomie County OSU 4H/Horticulture educator about warm season gardening. Plants that will be discussed include tomatoes, peppers, squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, and watermelons. Plant timing, soil temperature, rotation, small/patio gardens, pollinators, pollinator pairing will all be on tap. Check out Carla’s upcoming events at Pottawatomie County OSU Extension: [ Read More ]

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Understanding Avian Influenza with Dr. Barry Whitworth

This week Dana discusses the ongoing Avian Influenza outbreak. They discuss the details of the disease and ways to prevent it in small and backyard flocks. Small Flock Biosecurity for Prevention of Avian Influenza Factsheet AFS-8301 Episode Links: Contacts if you have widespread illness and/or death in your flock: Your Local Veterinarian Local County Extension [ Read More ]

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What’s Up With the New Farm Bill?

In this episode Josh and Trent are joined by Dr. Amy Hagerman to discuss farm bill deliberations and possible changes that could be coming with a new farm bill. https://experts.okstate.edu/amy.hagerman https://extension.okstate.edu/programs/farm-management-and-finance/e-farm-management-training/index.html We would love to answer your questions! Please email any questions to extensionexperience@okstate.edu

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Have You Managed All That Risk?

In this episode Josh and Trent talk with Dr. Amy Hagerman about risks on the farm and ways to mitigate losses in the event that disaster strikes. We cover insurance and FSA programs that can be useful to producers in their times of greatest need. https://experts.okstate.edu/amy.hagerman https://extension.okstate.edu/programs/farm-management-and-finance/e-farm-management-training/index.html We would love to answer your questions! Feel [ Read More ]

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The Big Question: Haul the Feed or Haul to Town

This episode Dana, Trent, and Josh continue their discussion on the state of the wheat as a forage crop. This is a good discussion about the reality of the drought and what little wheat is left to graze. Do producers hang on to calves in hopes for summer grass or do they cut their ties [ Read More ]

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The State of OK Wheat

This week the Extension Experience Crew are back together to discuss the state of this years wheat crop. Vernilization, Fertility, drought impacts, and markets are all on tap.

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Managing Cold Stress in Livestock

This week Dana, Trent and Josh discuss cold and inclement weather and what it means for beef cows. Check out the Cattle Comfort Advisor on the Oklahoma Mesonet Estimating Water Requirements for Mature Beef Cows AFS-3299 If you are interested in the feeder calibration clinics mentioned at the end of the episode check out the [ Read More ]

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Holiday Wishes + Christmas Oldie

Holiday wishes to you and yours! This week we revisit our 2020 Christmas episode titled Christmas Tree Psychology with Trent, Josh and Dana.

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Managing Goats for the OK Prairie Project

This week we return to the Stateline Sheep and Goat Project and discuss more specifically with Laura and Cooper about managing the goats for the prairie project. Tune in for info on goat nutrition, fencing, guardian dogs, and kidding. Introduction to Prescribed Fire Online Course – Cost $20 Check out Natural Resource Extension’s Social Media [ Read More ]

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Fire, Goats, and Cattle: A Recipe for Native Range Improvement

This week Dana interviews Dr. Laura Goodman and Cooper Sherrill about The Prairie Project. This project utilizes patch burning management and multispecies grazing to improve native range in central Oklahoma. Check out Natural Resource Extension’s Social Media Pages: The Prairie Project on facebook @prairierestored Oklahoma State University Natural Resources Extension on facebook @OklahomaLands

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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 [ Read More ]

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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 [ Read More ]

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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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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 [ Read More ]

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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 [ Read More ]

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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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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 [ Read More ]

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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 [ Read More ]

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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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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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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 [ Read More ]

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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 [ Read More ]

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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. [ Read More ]

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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 [ Read More ]

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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 [ Read More ]

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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 [ Read More ]

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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. [ Read More ]

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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 [ Read More ]

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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 [ Read More ]

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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 [ Read More ]

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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.

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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.

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About Us

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

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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.

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