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Field Notes is the Kerr Center’s newsletter. 2014 marked its 40th year of publication.

In 2015, Field Notes went electronic!

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  • Field Notes August 2019

    Field Notes – August 2019

    The August 2019 Field Notes issue includes resources on water management, a recap of the July 2019 elderberry workshop, 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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  • Field Notes – June 2019

    Get the latest news and find out what’s happening at the Kerr Center.

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  • Field Notes – May 2019

    This month David Redhage reviews a book with gritty subject matter: sand. We share a study that documents how grazing can build up organic matter in the soil. With summer looming, you can still start…

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  • Field Notes – April 2019

    This month we share some encouraging news from the national census of agriculture about how conservation practices are taking root in Oklahoma. Next, we sound a reminder that the deadline to sign up to have…

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  • Field Notes – March 2019

    This month the air is rich with the scent of soil broken open for planting in fields and gardens across the landscape. It’s a prime time to talk about soil health: how to achieve and…

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  • Field Notes – February 2019

    Whether or not the groundhog saw its shadow where you are, things will soon be greening up on ranches, farms, and gardens around the state. Recent research has shown how adding cover crops and cattle…

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  • Field Notes – January 2019

    Happy 2019! To ring in the new year, we’ve got a new report (on small-scale gardening tools) and a new article (on managing excess forage), as well as pointers to new resources (on soil health)….

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  • Field Notes – December 2018

    Season’s greetings from the Kerr Center! David Redhage starts off this issue with a review of a book on two very different visions of the future, and the men who championed them. As usual, the…

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  • Field Notes – November 2018

    With Thanksgiving just past, many of us are looking forward to a break before the next growing season. In this issue, we offer up some suggestions to spark ideas as you spend the cooler months…

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  • Field Notes – October 2018

    It’s October, when spooky decorations are everywhere you look. In keeping with the season, in this issue we’re talking about some of the scariest things in agriculture. David Redhage starts us off with a tough…

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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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  • Field Notes – August 2018

    The start of school is just around the corner – and it’s still hot as blazes. This month, we share some learning opportunities – as well as tips on beating the heat. David Redhage has…

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  • Field Notes – July 2018

    We’re creeping into that time of year when water starts to become even more of a concern than usual. David Redhage gets this month’s newsletter rolling with a timely review of a book on the…

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  • Field Notes – June 2018

    It’s nearly (officially) summer, and the air is full of the buzzing of creatures of the insect kind. It seems that there are plenty – more than enough for comfort, even – but are there…

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  • Field Notes – May 2018

    As summer looms, David Redhage takes a look back over the Kerr Center’s three decades of involvement with SARE. We’ve got another top-notch grazing workshop on the calendar for June 9, and we’re hoping you’ll…

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  • Field Notes – April 2018

    This month we offer two new publications: – Farming with Walk-Behind Tractors captures ten years of lessons learned with BCS two-wheel tractors, and their various attachments, on the Cannon horticulture plots. – New Use for…

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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 several monarch meetups happening around the state. This issue features several resources that would come…

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  • Field Notes – February 2018

    As we move toward the start of spring, David Redhage offers some insights into agroforestry enterprises based on years of experience on the Kerr ranch. For anyone who’s ever puzzled over how to figure out…

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  • Field Notes – January 2018

    This month we bid farewell to Jim Horne as an employee, and welcome him back as board chairman. It’s already time to start the earliest crops for spring planting.  We share some resources to help…

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  • Field Notes – December 2017

    Season’s greetings from the Kerr Center! David Redhage gets this issue rolling with reflections on an article about breeding crops for particular nutritional needs. The rest of this month’s newsletter is given over, as usual,…

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  • Field Notes – November 2017

    Happy Thanksgiving from the Kerr Center! This month, David Redhage reviews a book that looks at techniques for restoring soil life in different regions and climates the world over. We share some of the livestock…

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  • Field Notes – October 2017

    The nights are noticeably longer than the days by now, and many farm and ranch activities are being put to rest for the season. With that thought, we’re focusing this issue on tasks for the…

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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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  • Field Notes – August 2017

    It’s August, and we’re as keen as anyone else to keep out of the sun. In this issue, we focus on how to do the same thing for crops and livestock, with features on: –…

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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, keeping the soil shaded and sheltered, as well as weeded and nourished, despite the hot,…

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  • Field Notes – June 2017

    As summer looms, many thoughts turn to water. For this month’s issue, we focus on some farm- and ranch-related aspects of that life-giving liquid. We highlight a report full of advice on how to protect…

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  • Field Notes – May 2017

    Tired of the same old, same old? Try it a different way in May! This month’s president’s note reports on how researchers at the University of Arkansas are moving table grapes into high tunnels to…

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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. We continue this issue with some bad news for bats. To balance that, we share…

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  • Field Notes – March 2017

    With gardening season now in full swing, David Redhage responds to the final book of the late “contrary farmer,” Gene Logsdon – a letter to young farmers on “new garden farms.” In the same vein,…

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  • Field Notes – February 2017

    This month we take a look at some tips for tasks that are timely as winter winds to a close: – assessing cattle’s body condition by eye – starting transplants from seed We also report…

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  • Field Notes – January 2017

    Happy 2017 from the Kerr Center! In this issue, we take a look at some often-overlooked benefits of weeds – and how to encourage them. Cattle often shed weight over the winter. One of our…

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  • Field Notes – December 2016

    Season’s greetings from the Kerr Center! Following our habit, we’ve devoted the December issue to a look back over the highlights and accomplishments of the year. Please have a look to see what’s been happening…

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  • Field Notes – November 2016

    With the Thanksgiving holiday just past, we’re reflecting on some of the things we’re thankful for: – We’re thankful for non-chemical approaches to preventing pest damage to crops. – We’re thankful that a cow’s mouth…

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  • Field Notes – October 2016

    With Halloween coming up at the end of the month, we’ve got a note about bats – the real ones, that don’t suck blood but do eat mosquitos and pollinate native plants – and what…

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  • Field Notes – September 2016

    Fall is finally just around the corner, but we’re casting one eye back over our shoulder to summer, when the crew of OSU’s popular TV program “Oklahoma Gardening” visited the Kerr Center to film two…

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  • Field Notes – August 2016

    In the heat of August, activity in the garden winds down, and livestock stick to the shade. It’s a good time for planning, and this month, we offer some ideas for inspiration. David Redhage shares…

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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 Center site. First, though, take a look with David Redhage at small-scale grain raising –…

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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 recent reading material: Eating on the Wild Side. We present a recap, with links to…

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  • Field Notes – May 2016

    Registration is closing soon for two June workshops – don’t miss out! May 27 is the last day to register for the June 4 livestock workshop. This intensive, hands-on session combines the topics of two…

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  • Field Notes – April 2016

    Registration is now open for two June workshops, on livestock (June 4 at the Kerr Center) and elderberries (June 11 at 360 OK Farms). Space is limited, and registration is first-come, first-serve, so please sign…

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  • Field Notes – March 2016

    Spring has sprung! In this issue, we direct the current and future graziers among you to some eyes-on resources for electric fencing, and point the way to some clarity on the sometimes confusing subject of…

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  • Field Notes – February 2016

    Happy leap year from the Kerr Center! With spring just around the corner, we’re filling this issue with tips to help you prepare for the next growing and grazing seasons. In this issue, you’ll find…

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  • Field Notes – January 2016

    Happy new year from the Kerr Center! We’re ringing in 2016 with a note from our new President and CEO, David Redhage – and a range of reading to help you get your farming, gardening,…

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  • Field Notes – December 2015

    Season’s greetings from the Kerr Center! Please join us in bidding a fond and grateful farewell to outgoing President/CEO Jim Horne. We’re pleased to report that our outreach efforts on native pollinators and their habitat…

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  • Field Notes – November 2015

    Happy Thanksgiving from the Kerr Center! Fall is stretching on toward winter. The shorter days leave time in the evening for snuggling up with something to read – and this month, we have suggested reading…

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  • Field Notes – October 2015

    Happy October! We hope you’ll share our pleasure at having been selected by the Bellmon Awards program in recognition of our work with pollinators. With fall in full swing, we’ve wrapped up our last two…

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  • Field Notes – September 2015

    The first tastes of fall weather are making it pleasant to be outdoors again, and the Kerr Center is offering two autumn workshops to let you enjoy it while sharpening your farming and ranching skills:…

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  • Field Notes – August 2015

    The worst of summer’s heat and drought is almost past, and we’re looking ahead to two great events in our fall educational lineup: – a September 26 elderberry workshop, featuring advice from Oklahoma’s home-grown expert,…

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  • Field Notes – July 2015

    Summer is heating up – and so is the schedule of educational workshops at the Kerr Center. Feral hog management will be the topic of an August 27 workshop, combining expertise from the Noble Foundation…

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  • Field Notes – June 2015

    Things are finally beginning to dry out a little bit on the Kerr Center farm and ranch. Two important dates are coming up next week: On Thursday, June 25, the FREE pasture plant identification workshop…

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  • Field Notes – May 2015 (Special Issue)

    May 28 – next Thursday – is the final day to register for the June 6 “3 Bs” workshop. It covers bees, butterflies, and beneficials, along with a wealth of other practical information on native…

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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 what we left out of that forecast was the May deluge that Mother Nature delivered…

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  • Field Notes – April 2015 (Special Issue)

    Two Kerr Center workshops that can help you take your garden in new directions are right around the corner. One covers plasticulture – a gardening method that combines water-saving drip irrigation with weed-smothering plastic mulch,…

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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 Notes – March 2015

    Spring is bursting at the seams, and so is the Kerr Center’s lineup of educational events. On May 9, find out how plastic mulch can help you give your crops a head start and keep…

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  • Field Notes – February 2015

    Read our February edition of Field Notes and get ready for spring! Recent icy weather makes springtime seem a long way off, but new calves on the ranch remind us that it’s not so far…

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  • Field Notes – January 2015

    Happy New Year from the Kerr Center!  In this first issue of our new email-only newsletter, you can find updates on recent activities in all of our programs – cover crops on the hort plots,…

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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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  • Field Notes: Spring 2014

    In this issue: Our newsletter turns 40; Interns report on biochar and vermicompost; Spring workshops include resilience-oriented practices and native pollinators; Bill Edgar reports on growing heirloom okra seed; Cattle Manager Will Lathrop discusses raising cattle on less hay; George Kuepper shares his tools and techniques for growing sweet potatoes and a bio-extensive management system.

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  • Field Notes: Fall 2013

    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 Spring 2013

    Field Notes – Spring 2013

    The Field Notes Spring 2013 issue includes articles on resilience in agriculture, 2012 sweet potato variety trial results, and more.

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  • Field Notes Fall 2012

    Field Notes – Fall 2012

    The Field Notes Fall 2012 issue includes articles on the Oklahoma Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program, interns, meat goats, and more.

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  • Field Notes Spring 2012

    Field Notes – Spring 2012

    The Field Notes Spring 2012 issue includes articles on the native pollinator program, heirloom sweet potato varieties, and more.

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  • Field Notes Fall 2011

    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 Spring 2011

    Field Notes – Spring 2011

    The Field Notes Spring 2011 issue includes articles on low-cost hoop house construction, pond management, pears, and more.

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  • Field Notes Fall 2010

    Field Notes – Fall 2010

    The Field Notes Fall 2010 issue includes articles on shelterbelts, bois d’arc trees, Jim Combs’ retirement, and more.

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  • Field Notes Spring 2010

    Field Notes – Spring 2010

    The Field Notes Spring 2010 issue includes articles on sustainably raising goats on pasture, shrimp in farm ponds, and more.

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  • Field Notes Fall 2009

    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 Summer 2009

    Field Notes – Summer 2009

    The Field Notes Summer 2009 issue includes articles on raising freshwater prawns in ponds, sustainable pest management, and more.

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  • Field Notes Spring 2009

    Field Notes – Spring 2009

    The Field Notes Spring 2009 issue includes articles on heirloom okra, WIC at farmers markets, Choctaw horses, and more.

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  • Field Notes Fall 2008

    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 Summer 2008

    Field Notes – Summer 2008

    The Field Notes Summer 2008 issue includes articles on online organic resources, natural livestock production, and more.

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  • Field Notes Spring 2008

    Field Notes – Spring 2008

    The Field Notes Spring 2008 issue includes articles on agroforestry, Jim Horne’s 35 years at the Kerr Center, and more.

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  • Field Notes Winter 2007

    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 Fall 2007

    Field Notes – Fall 2007

    The Field Notes Fall 2007 issue includes articles on awards for the Oklahoma Farm to School Program, Pineywoods cattle, and more.

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  • Field Notes Summer 2007

    Field Notes – Summer 2007

    The Field Notes Summer 2007 issue includes articles on biofuels, organic foods, direct marketing, meat goats, and more.

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  • Field Notes Spring 2007

    Field Notes – Spring 2007

    The Field Notes Spring 2007 issue includes articles on the Buy Fresh, Buy Local program, meat goats, aquaponics, vermicompost, and more.

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  • Field Notes Fall 2006

    Field Notes – Fall 2006

    The Field Notes Fall 2006 issue includes articles on food insecurity, pastured poultry, direct marketing, and more.

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  • Field Notes Summer 2006

    Field Notes – Summer 2006

    The Field Notes Summer 2006 issue includes articles on the creation of the Oklahoma Farm-to-School program, sunflower biodiesel, and more.

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  • Field Notes Spring 2006

    Field Notes – Spring 2006

    The Field Notes Spring 2006 issue includes articles on the reprinting of The Next Green Revolution, a memoriam for Ann Ware, and more.

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  • Field Notes Fall 2005

    Field Notes – Summer 2005

    The Field Notes Fall 2005 issue includes articles on community gardens, bison in Oklahoma, rotational grazing, and more.

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  • Field Notes Spring 2005

    Field Notes – Spring 2005

    The Field Notes Spring 2005 issue includes articles on John Ikerd, local food, health and nutrition in grass-fed meats, and more.

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  • Field Notes Winter 2005

    Field Notes – Winter 2005

    The Field Notes Winter 2005 issue includes articles on community food security, farm-to-school, the Kerr Center’s Redbud Award, and more.

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  • Fall 2004 Field Notes

    Field Notes – Fall 2004

    The Field Notes Fall 2004 issue includes articles on the Oklahoma Farm-to-School Program, Oklahoma wines, and more.

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  • Field Notes Summer 2004

    Field Notes – Summer 2004

    The Field Notes Summer 2004 issue includes articles on biological control of corn earworm, farm-fresh cookbooks, organic beef, and more.

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  • Field Notes Spring 2004

    Field Notes – Spring 2004

    The Field Notes Spring 2004 issue includes articles on natural beef resources, CSAs, help for community food/farm groups, and more.

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  • Field Notes Fall 2003

    Field Notes – Fall 2003

    The Field Notes Fall 2003 issue includes articles on farmland protection, Ag in the Classroom, organic certification, and more.

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  • spring 2003 Field Notes

    Field Notes – Spring 2003

    The Field Notes Spring 2003 issue includes article on an environmental education award, antique farm equipment, growing onions, and more.

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  • Field Notes Fall 2002

    Field Notes – Fall 2002

    The Field Notes Fall 2002 issue is an in-depth program for the Future Farms conference.

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  • Field Notes Summer 2002

    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 Spring 2002

    Field Notes – Spring 2002

    The Field Notes Spring 2002 issue includes articles farmland preservation, the Oklahoma Producer Grant program, and more.

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  • Field Notes Winter 2001

    Field Notes – Winter 2001

    The Field Notes Winter 2001 issue includes articles on an small fruit trials, antique balers and tractors, and more.

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  • Field Notes Fall 2001

    Field Notes – Fall 2001

    The Field Notes Fall 2001 issue includes articles on The Next Green Revolution, alternative crops, and more.

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  • Field Notes Summer 2001

    Field Notes – Summer 2001

    The Field Notes Summer 2001 issue includes article on direct marketing, a natural beef survey, Pratt’s Food, and more.

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  • Field Notes Spring 2001

    Field Notes – Spring 2001

    The Field Notes Spring 2001 issue includes articles on Mississippi’s Family Farm Initiative, sustainable food labeling, and more.

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  • Field Notes Winter 2000

    Field Notes – Winter 2000

    The Field Notes Winter 2000 issue includes articles on cover crops, alternative crops, Senepol cattle, and more.

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  • Field Notes Fall 2000

    Field Notes – Fall 2000

    The Field Notes Fall 2000 issue includes article on corn mazes, biological control of corn earworm, the Ogallala Aquifer, and more.

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  • Field Notes Summer 2000

    Field Notes – Summer 2000

    The Field Notes Summer 2000 issue includes articles on genetic goal setting, heirloom vegetable varieties, and more.

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  • Field Notes Spring 2000

    Field Notes – Spring 2000

    The Field Notes Spring 2000 issue includes articles on socially responsible investing, public attitudes toward biotechnology, and more.

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  • Field Notes Winter 1999

    Field Notes – Winter 1999

    The Field Notes Winter 1999 issue includes articles on winter gardening, native pecans, ethnic and heirloom vegetables, and more.

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  • Field Notes Fall 1999

    Field Notes – Fall 1999

    The Field Notes Fall 1999 issue includes articles on trade policy, efficient hay feeding, black walnut trees, and more.

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  • Field Notes Summer 1999

    Field Notes – Summer 1999

    The Field Notes Summer 1999 issue includes articles on grapes and berries, sustainable citrus, confinement hog operations, and more.

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  • Field Notes Spring 1999

    Field Notes – Spring 1999

    The Field Notes Spring 1999 issue includes an open letter from Jim Horne to Dan Glickman, articles on riparian areas and co-ops, and more.

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