Oklahoma Field Day Focuses On Helping New Ag Producers

New producers can learn key agricultural skills necessary for success Oct. 21. Oklahoma City will host the event sponsored by Noble Foundation and OSU which includes the basics.

Published on: Oct 17, 2011

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service will co-host a special Basic AG Field Day to assist new producers in learning agricultural skills necessary for success.

The Basic AG Field Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Will Rogers Park and Gardens, 3400 N.W. 36th (located on the Southwest corner of NW 36th at Grand Boulevard), Oklahoma City. The event is open to the public and cost $15, which includes lunch. It will include discussion on drought, and the impact it has had on Oklahoma and Texas producers who have endured one of the most extreme droughts since the Dust Bowl, and the forecast calls for continued dry and hot weather into next year across both states.

GET LATEST. The Basic AG Field Day Oct. 21 in Oklahoma City will be packed with information on many topics for new producers, including pond management.
GET LATEST. The Basic AG Field Day Oct. 21 in Oklahoma City will be packed with information on many topics for new producers, including pond management.

"The field day's agenda was assembled with one question in mind: 'How should new producers handle the ongoing drought?'" says Hugh Aljoe, Noble Foundation consultation program manager. "New agricultural producers need a foundation of information from which to build on, and we're going to provide a wealth of information in just a few hours."

The upcoming field day will cover the fundamentals of properly managing ponds, wildlife pest management, soil testing, and producing quality forages for hay and livestock. There also will be breakout sessions on gardening, marketing of fresh produce, horse health, and building proper structures and fencing for horses.

"While the program is geared toward small acreage producers and those new to agriculture, the field day provides quality information that can assist even seasoned producers," says Ray Ridlen, OSU Extension agent for Oklahoma County. "We all need to learn to do the basics better and work smarter."

The field day is part of Basic AG, A Noble Foundation educational program designed to benefit those new to agriculture. The series provides practical, foundational knowledge that can be used in everyday operations. To register for the field day, just call Tracy Cumbie at 580-224-6411 or register online at www.noble.org/AgEvents.