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Field Notes: Spring 2014

The Field Notes Spring 2014 issue includes the newsletter’s 40th anniversary, biochar and compost, heirloom okra, sweet potatoes, and more!

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Field Notes – July 2021

The July 2021 issue of Field Notes covers direct marketing, the farm share of the food dollar, pollinators in the news, pawpaws, and more! Read on!

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Small-Scale Gardening Technology at the Kerr Center

This report relates the Kerr Center’s experiences with small-scale farming and gardening tools during a decade of bio-extensive management on the Cannon Horticulture Plots. Tools evaluated include spades, digging forks, broadforks, hoes, and more.

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Field Notes – May 2021

The May 2021 issue of Field Notes covers 2021 workshops, new Climate Normals, a free new grazing e-book, USDA pandemic relief, and more! Read on!

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Field Notes: Fall 2013

OKBFRP 2013 Highlights, Agroforestry Update, Resilient Farmer Recap, Remembering Sen. Kerr , Kerr Center Honors, Okra Seed Project, Choctaw Youth Program, Pollinator Project, 2013 Summer Interns

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Field Notes – April 2021

The April 2021 issue of Field Notes covers wasp ID, heritage poultry counts, Oklahoma organics, a new monarch documentary, and more! Read on!

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Native Pollinator Books

These books cover identification, ecology, and management of native pollinator species relevant to Oklahoma. Native Pollinator Books
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Field Notes – March 2021

The March 2021 issue of Field Notes covers elderberry safety, sustainable agriculture videos, CRP signups, USDA value-added grants, and more! Read on!

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Field Notes – January 2021

The January 2021 issue of Field Notes covers the western monarch population, a new treatment for goat parasites, small-scale tools, soil biodiversity, and more!

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Field Notes – October 2020

The Field Notes October 2020 issue covers renewed federal coronavirus aid to farmers, container-grown tomatoes, bee-killing pesticides, online trainings, and more. Read on!

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Field Notes – July 2020

The Field Notes July 2020 issue covers summer gardening, mushroom growing, beginning ranching, long-term research trials, and more. Read on!

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Field Notes – June 2020

The Field Notes June 2020 issue covers native plant landscaping, biopesticides for high-tunnel strawberries, wetland mitigation banking, and more. Read on!

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Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake Mushrooms outlines the basics of small-scale shiitake mushroom production. The report covers inoculation, harvesting, marketing, and more.

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Field Notes – May 2020

The Field Notes May 2020 issue covers the latest pandemic resources, late-planted garden crops, nighttime pollination, and more! Read on!

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Field Notes – March 2020

The Field Notes March 2020 issue covers COVID-19 resources for agriculture, prescribed fire trainings, wetland easements, heirloom vegetables, and more!

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Field Notes – February 2020

The Field Notes February 2020 issue covers wildfire preparedness, seed starting, hydroponics, season extension, conservation oral histories, and more!

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Field Notes – December 2019

The December 2019 issue of Field Notes includes a review of a book on monarchs and milkweed, and reviews the past year at the Kerr Center – with a peek at what 2020 brings.

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Southern Organic Resource Guide

The Southern Organic Resource Guide was designed to help certified and transitioning organic farmers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee minimize and manage risks associated with obtaining and maintaining organic certification.

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Field Notes – Fall 2011

The Field Notes Fall 2011 issue includes articles on drought, sweet potatoes (including George Washington Carver’s work with the crop), and more.

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Field Notes – Fall 2009

The Field Notes Fall 2009 issue includes articles on food assistance programs at farmers markets, sustainable agriculture at OSU-OKC, and more.

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Field Notes – Fall 2008

The Field Notes Fall 2008 issue includes articles on hoop houses, both practical advice and recent research on raising meat goats, and more.

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Field Notes – Winter 2007

The Field Notes Winter 2007 issue includes articles on Eliot Coleman at the Horticulture Industries Show, economic multiplier effects, and more.

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Field Notes – Summer 2002

The Field Notes Summer 2002 issue includes article on essay contest winners, the Oklahoma Food Policy Council, an antique tractor donation, and more.

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Field Notes – July 2019

The July 2019 issue of Field Notes includes a review of a comprehensive guide to garden insects, links to new resources on agroforestry and cover crops, and news about fertilizer industry greenhouse gas emissions.

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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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Are We Organic Yet?!

This presentation covers organic practices, prohibited substances, food safety, integrity, seeds & planting stock, marketing, steps to certification, and resources.

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The Cattle and Chickens

This intern presentation presents the results of a summer project that investigated multi-species rotational grazing with cattle and pastured laying hens.

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Watering Systems for Cattle Ponds

This University of Arkansas Extension publication describes two methods of using ponds for watering livestock while limiting direct access: floating fences, and drawing water from ponds.

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Alternative Livestock Watering Systems

This University of Tennessee Extension publication discusses the benefits of excluding livestock from streams, and the resultant need to develop alternative means of watering livestock.

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New Use for Old Tires

This fact sheet explains why the Kerr Center livestock program uses old tires from heavy equipment as watering tanks, and describes the process of preparing and installing them.

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Riparian Area Management Techniques

This report gives an overview of riparian area management techniques in use on the Kerr Center ranch, including fencing, limited-access watering, and stabilized stream crossing points.

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Pasture Legumes: Establishment & Management

This report covers site preparation, lime application, fertilization, weed control, legume selection, seed inoculation, estimating establishment costs, grazing management, companion grasses, winter and summer annual and perennial legumes, and pasture surveying.

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Herd Health Overview

This presentation includes a detailed discussion of vaccines, discusses managing both immunity levels and disease exposure, and addresses the effect of difficult births.

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Heifer Management

This report covers heifer selection and nutrition, early puberty, target weight concept, proper feeding, breeding, calving difficulty, and bull selection.

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Agroforestry Practices

This report covers general concepts and approaches in agroforestry. It includes references, a reading list, tables of planting distances, and a list of tree species suitable for southeastern Oklahoma.

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The True Cost of Hay

This intern report compares the cost of baling versus buying hay, taking into account labor, machinery, and fertilizer.

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Beyond Local

This intern report explores various considerations involved in growing, selling, and buying food sustainably and locally.

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Comfrey

This intern report provides background information on the perennial herb comfrey (Symphytum officinale).

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Field Notes – March 2018

With spring officially sprung, David Redhage returns to the topic of organic small-scale grain production. Our online events calendar shows…
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Field Notes – July 2017

This time of summer, we can look with satisfaction out over the horticulture plots’ “green fallow” of warm-season cover crops,…
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Electric Fence FAQ

This is a handout by Brian Freking from the 2011 Healthy Soils, Healthy Livestock conference.  It is a fact sheet…
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Watering Systems

This is a presentation by Brian Freking from the livestock track of the Oklahoma Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program. It…
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Field Notes – April 2017

This month, David Redhage explains how plastic mulch is helping the horticulture program get soil prepared during narrow weather windows.…
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Cowboy Arithmetic

This is a two-page guide to calculating the amount of required and available forage for cattle, and timing the movements…
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Beef Cattle Assessment

This is a presentation by David Sparks, D.V.M., from the 2011 Healthy Soils, Healthy Livestock conference. It covers economic comparisons…
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Cattle Dentition

This is a handout by David Sparks, D.V.M., from the 2011 Healthy Soils, Healthy Livestock conference. It is a visual…
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The Ogallala Aquifer

This paper critically examines the impacts of the increasing use of the Ogallala-with specific focus on the situation in the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandle regions, and the possibility of adopting sustainable development practices to curb the increasing aquifer water depletion and deterioration.

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Field Notes – July 2016

Summer is blockbuster movie season. This month, we’ve got viewing suggestions of our own, highlighting several videos from the Kerr…
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Field Notes – June 2016

In this month’s newsletter, we’ve gone a little wild. In this month’s president’s note, David Redhage shares thoughts on his…
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Field Notes – May 2015

Last month, we predicted (somewhat un-originally) that April showers would bring May flowers. The flowers are here, all right, but…
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Field Notes – April 2015

If April showers bring May flowers, now’s the time to learn what to watch for – or plant – in your pollinator gardens. Several recent Kerr Center publications can help – download them all as an Earth Day treat! Then, pass that treat along to pollinators by putting the information to work, giving them a hand by preserving habitat and planting pollinator-friendly plants, trees and shrubs.

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Field of Dreams

This article about the Kerr Center was published in Oklahoma Today magazine, in 1992. Author: Maura McDermott Field of Dreams
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Field Notes: Fall 2014

Resilient Farmer Wrap-up, Beginning Farmer and Rancher program review, our new website launches, newsletter moves to electronic format.

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Compensatory Gain

This is a report published in 2000, describing the results of a multi-year study at the Kerr Center that evaluated…
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Future Farms 2000

Conference Proceedings February 8th and 9th 2000 Edited by Maura McDermott. Innovative, successful marketing systems, livestock and cropping systems, and…
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