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News and Recent Publications

  • President’s Note: Kerr Center Prairie

    This spring we burned the Kerr Center Prairie. I mentioned we would post photos of the prairie over the summer. Well, here is a timeline of photos from the prairie. I am happy to report…

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  • Field Notes – September 2017

    Fall has arrived, and school bells are ringing – so for this issue, we’re taking a back-to-school slant. David Redhage has been out teaching about increasing and conserving pollinator habitat. We share a presentation on…

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  • 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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  • Organic Establishment of Native Wildflowers

    This presentation, by Kerr Center President David Redhage, is from a USDA-NRCS webinar held August 1, 2017.  It describes the Kerr Center’s experiences and lessons learned from efforts to establish wildflower plantings on the Kerr…

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  • Portable Shade

    Take a structure designed to protect tender plants from frost, and turn it into something that keeps cattle cool in high summer? Sure – it’s just another example of the Kerr Center livestock program’s can-do…

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  • Berries Thrive in High Tunnels, But Be Aware of Pests

    via Southern SARE: A University of Arkansas study has found that using high tunnels in berry production can increase yields, extend the harvest season, and improve fruit quality compared to field production. However, care must…

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Conference: Protected Agriculture @ Ardmore
Oct 17 – Oct 18 all-day
Conference: Protected Agriculture @ Ardmore | Ardmore | Oklahoma | United States

No activity is as negatively impacted by weather as is agriculture. Fruit and vegetable growers in the Southern Great Plains are all too familiar with this truth. Conference attendees will learn about the many ways low-cost, passive greenhouse structures, commonly referred to as high-tunnel hoop houses, are being used locally and around the world to make fruit and vegetable production more sustainable.

Rural Economic Outlook Conference @ Stillwater (Conoco Phillips OSU Alumni Center)
Oct 20 @ 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Rural Economic Outlook Conference @ Stillwater (Conoco Phillips OSU Alumni Center) | Stillwater | Oklahoma | United States


07:30 am Breakfast and Registration
08:30 am Welcome, Dr. Tom Coon, Dean and VP, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
08:40 am Economic Outlook, Cortney Cowley, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank
09:45 am Break
10:00 am U.S. Farm Policy: Tweak or Trash? Dr. Pat Westhoff, University of Missouri, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute
11:15 am Faculty research/Extension updates
11:45 am Undergraduate Update – Aggie-X representative
12:00 pm Catered Lunch
12:45 pm How Increased Dependence on Trade Impacts the Farm Economy Dr. Luis Ribera, Texas A&M University
02:00 pm Break
02:15 pm Rapid Fire Outlook Panel
Agricultural Finance topics, Rodney Jones, Farm Credit Chair, and Damona Doye, Rainbolt Chair of Agricultural Finance
Grain Markets, Kim Anderson, OSU Agricultural Economics Professor Emeritus
Livestock Markets, Derrell Peel, OSU Agricultural Economics Charles Breedlove Professor
03:45 pm Wrap-up/ Evaluation
04:00 pm Adjourn
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Nov 14 @ 9:00 am
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center | Poteau | Oklahoma | United States

Guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday of the month.

During these tours, Kerr Center staff show visitors our current horticulture and livestock projects.

Tours go from 9-11 or 1-3 (approximate length),  and cost $10 per person.

Advance registration is required. Contact us a week in advance to let us know you are coming and whether you want to see horticulture or livestock projects or both.

Keep in mind that what is available to see varies according to season. When you call, we can let you know what is available to see. We want you to have the best possible experience!

Pay at the door. Tours begin at the Kerr Center office.

Click here for directions and map.

All other visits must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Groups are welcome.

Call the Kerr Center at 918.647.9123 or email with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.

Conference: Partners in Community Forestry @ Tulsa
Nov 15 @ 2:16 am – Nov 16 @ 3:16 am
Conference: Partners in Community Forestry @ Tulsa | Tulsa | Oklahoma | United States

Early registration discount ends October 13

The Partners in Community Forestry Conference is designed to include engaging programming for an array of professionals, including arborists, utility and municipal employees, nonprofit volunteers,  university students and faculty, and others.

Throughout the week, you will have an opportunity to recharge by attending presentations that share what is happening in urban and community forestry around the country. You will rediscover partnerships that expand and enhance your work and help you reimagine what community forestry could look like in your city, state, and throughout the nation.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website or contact Lauren Weyers by email or phone (1-888-448-7337).

Southern Soil Health Conference @ Wichita Falls, TX
Nov 28 – Nov 29 all-day
Southern Soil Health Conference @ Wichita Falls, TX | Wichita Falls | Texas | United States

Details TBA.  Presented by Green Cover Seed and the Noble Foundation.

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