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News and Recent Publications

  • SIGN UP for E-Field Notes: Kerr Center Newsletter

    Information to help you be successful and sustainable! Keep up with Kerr Center Farm and Ranch, public events, publications, videos: sign up for our monthly e-newsletter, E-Field Notes.

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  • Southern SAWG is Coming to Little Rock!

    Pre-Conference courses: January 23–24, 2019 General Conference: January 25–26, 2019 Little Rock, located between the fertile Delta and the beautiful Ozarks, is a growing hot-spot for the local foods movement and is a natural fit…

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  • President’s Note: Cool-Season Vegetable Crops

    Summers in the southeastern United States and in Oklahoma can be challenging for some garden crops. There is the potential in Oklahoma for cool-season vegetable crops, provided you manage the rotations with summer cover crops…

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  • Field Notes – September 2018

    In September we pass through the fall equinox, and the balance point where there are as many hours of daylight as of darkness. So, in this issue, we focus on the idea of balanced halves…

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  • Researchers Find Water Conservation Solutions in Cover Crops

    via Southern SARE:

    In a two-year graduate student study at Texas Tech University, funded through the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program, winter cover crops – specifically rye – helped build healthy soils while preserving precious water for summer crops in minimally tilled forage-based grazing systems.

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  • Farming with Walk-Behind Tractors

    This report covers the Kerr Center’s decade of experience using walk-behind tractors in the Cannon Horticulture Project. It serves as both backgrounder and how-to manual.

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Events/Training

Oct
20
Sat
Fall Beekeeping Course @ Tulsa (Wright Christian Academy)
Oct 20 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Fall Beekeeping Course @ Tulsa (Wright Christian Academy)

The Beginning Beekeeper class will consist of 3 Saturday sessions of 4 hours each from 8:30am-12:30pm. All 3 days together make up one complete class.

The content includes bee biology, explanation of equipment and tools, the life cycle of the colony and how the beekeeper interacts, and pest management techniques. It is recommended that you do not purchase equipment prior to this class, as we discuss aspects that may influence the type and quality of the equipment.

Registration requires membership first. Annual membership dues are $20 for an individual, $25 for a family.If you are not a member, please join via the membership option, then register for the class.

For more information or to register, visit the class registration page, or contact Mike Landry by phone (918-691-6333) or email.

Oct
23
Tue
Webinar: “5th Generation” Monarchs: What do we know and not know?
Oct 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Webinar: "5th Generation" Monarchs: What do we know and not know?

Monarchs migrate through the southern Great Plains in the spring and fall, and also reproduce in this region in the spring and late summer/early fall. This last generation of monarchs produced in the late summer/early fall is sometimes referred to as the “fifth generation”. The importance of this generation to the overall population is not clear, and not much is known about this cohort. This webinar focuses on what is known and not known about this generation, including the timing of activity, habitat use, tachinid fly parasitism, OE infection, and tag returns from the overwintering grounds in Mexico, with an emphasis on Oklahoma and Texas.

The presenter for this webinar is Dr. Kristen Baum, of Oklahoma State University.

The webinar is free, but registration is required. You will receive additional details about participating in the webinar in a follow up email prior to the webinar and on the confirmation page after completing registration.

To register, visit the registration page.

For more information, contact Tracy McCleaf by email or phone (304-876-7781).

This is a collaborative effort between the Monarch Joint Venture and the National Conservation Training Center.

Oct
25
Thu
Feral Hog Outreach Meeting @ Atoka (Choctaw Nation Community Center)
Oct 25 all-day

The Conservation Districts located within the Ouachita Mountains RC&D Council are hosting a Feral Hog Outreach Meeting in Atoka. Topics to be covered include the latest hog population numbers, legalities of transporting feral hogs, trapping and baiting techniques, and regulations for shooting feral hogs.

For more information, contact the Pittsburg County CD by email or phone (918-423-4073).

Oct
27
Sat
Fall Beekeeping Course @ Tulsa (Wright Christian Academy)
Oct 27 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Fall Beekeeping Course @ Tulsa (Wright Christian Academy)

The Beginning Beekeeper class will consist of 3 Saturday sessions of 4 hours each from 8:30am-12:30pm. All 3 days together make up one complete class.

The content includes bee biology, explanation of equipment and tools, the life cycle of the colony and how the beekeeper interacts, and pest management techniques. It is recommended that you do not purchase equipment prior to this class, as we discuss aspects that may influence the type and quality of the equipment.

Registration requires membership first. Annual membership dues are $20 for an individual, $25 for a family.If you are not a member, please join via the membership option, then register for the class.

For more information or to register, visit the class registration page, or contact Mike Landry by phone (918-691-6333) or email.

Oct
31
Wed
HMI Regenerate 2018 Conference @ Albuquerque, NM
Oct 31 @ 8:48 pm – Nov 2 @ 9:48 pm
HMI Regenerate 2018 Conference @ Albuquerque, NM

For the first time ever, the Quivira Coalition, Holistic Management International, and the American Grassfed Association will collaborate to convene ranchers, farmers, environmentalists, land managers, students, teachers, and others for a three-day conference October 31 to November 2, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to explore ideas of regeneration.

During this three-day event ranchers, farmers, environmentalists, food producers and distributors, health experts, and others will offer long-form plenary talks, cross-sector panel discussions, and in-depth roundtable sessions on everything from the connection between soil and gut health to no regrets investment in land to interdisciplinary soil health research to wildlife habitat and stock density.

This collaborative conference will bring together leaders, innovators, and stewards of the land for three days of provocative plenary presentations, roundtable discussions, and networking with diverse attendees from across the southwest, the country, and globe. The conference will create a unique environment where ideas are sown, exchanged, and grown. REGENERATE’s outstanding speakers and attendees will contribute expertise in ranching, farming, conservation, community, and all things soil, which is the key to it all. Every attendee will bring something unique to the table, and each will depart with inspiration, new connections, broader perspectives, and the tools necessary to effect change.


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