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Lane Ag Center 25th Anniversary
Silver Harvest Field day at Lane Research Center, 2010

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Field day at Lane Research Center, 2009

About 650 people visited the Lane Research Center for the annual field day on 13 June. The laboratory is cooperatively operated as the USDA/ARS South Central Agricultural Research Laboratory, and the Oklahoma State University Wes Watkins Agricultural Research and Extension Center.  The Lane laboratory conducts research on various crops of importance to Oklahoma and the United States.  Among these are vegetables and biofuel crops.  Visitors were provided tours of field plots, exhibits of laboratory research, and the opportunity to speak with staff concerning the projects.  There were several commercial exhibitors present.  Also present was the Lion’s Club providing health screening and the Oklahoma Blood Institute accepting blood donations.  The staff of the laboratory, in cooperation with the Choctaw Nation, established a community garden on the grounds of the research station.  The produce of the community garden will be distributed to the community through INCA.  The aim of field days is to make the public aware of the type of agricultural research that takes place at Lane and invite the community to contact the staff at the laboratory for help concerning agriculture.

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Vegetables, Herbs, Organics and Biofuels Highlight the Lane Agriculture

Center Annual Field Day, 2008


Upwards of 700 guests attended the 2008 Annual Field Day at the Lane Agriculture Center held on June 21.  The event featured tours of research projects and demonstration of Certified Organic vegetable production.  A special guest speaker was nationally syndicated radio personality Mr. Howard Garrett, “The Dirt Doctor”, who presented a talk on Natural Organic Gardening. 


The Lane Agricultural Center has a strong tradition of Horticulture research, including involving organic production, and extension that includes vegetables, small fruits, ornamentals and turfgrass.  The Center is recognized internationally for the diverse expertise of its scientists with watermelon.  In response to evolving interests of the agricultural community and the general public, new efforts at the Center include development of production systems involving biofuel production, research on biological methods of disease control, and investigation on fruit and vegetable crop quality factors that are beneficial to human health for their nutritional and antioxidant properties.


Local businesses, horticultural suppliers, and representatives of other agricultural organizations and enterprises contributed to the event through their displays and demonstrations.  Their sponsorship enabled all attending to enjoy a meal of southern Oklahoma style barbeque, fixings and cold watermelon.


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Organic Workshop and Field Day Attracts Growers Interested in Alternative Opportunities and Land Stewardship to the Lane Agriculture Center, 2008


A combined soil management workshop and field day was held July 10 at the Lane Agriculture Center through the combined efforts of Oklahoma State University’s Wes Watkins Agricultural Research and Extension Center, the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and the South Central Agricultural Research Laboratory of the USDA Agricultural Research Service.  Additional support for the event was provided by the Risk Management Agency, the Atoka County Extension Office, and the USDSA Natural Resource Conservation Service.  Approximately 100 attendees joined the staffs of the Lane Ag Center and the Kerr Center for this afternoon and evening event.


The overall objectives of the program were to share the experiences gained by OSU and USDA-ARS programs at the Lane Agriculture Center in development of certified organic vegetable production practices and techniques.  Demonstration of certified organic vegetable production has been underway six years.  Development of research on production practices for organic vegetable growers has been a major focus of activities at the Center for a number of years. 


The program began with a workshop on recognizing and preventing soil erosion.  This was in response to the observation of signs of soil erosion occurrence in certified organic fields at Lane and the need to identify measures to prevent such soil losses.  Mr. Sam Viles of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service provided a presentation on types of erosion and measures to be taken to prevent them.  This was followed tours to view the certified organic vegetable fields and discuss the field situations that can lead to soil loss through erosion.


The second portion of the program started off with a discussion by Dr. Penny Perkins-Veazie on benefits of organic fruits and vegetables and how to handle these products to receive best results at the market.   Dr. Kefy Desta talked on newly established programs on sustainable agriculture at Oklahoma State University.  Of interest to organic growers is a training program that will be held this October on the basics of organic growing.


The final aspect of the program was a tour of organic research and demonstration field projects.  Dr. Benny Bruton, USDA/ARS, discussed “micro-plot” studies on control of soil born diseases.  In this project microbial preparations are used to amend soil as a possible means of controlling the fungus fusarium, a major disease problem of many horticultural crops worldwide.  The next stop was the certified organic vegetable field of the center where Dr. Warren Roberts, OSU, discussed work underway at the center on tomato production and a possible method to prevent foliar diseases.  Dr. Roberts also discussed soil fertility practices used for certified organic growing.  Poultry litter has been a major nutrient source that has given good results.


Dr. Angie Davis, USDA/ARS, talked about organic herb production.  Organic herbs have done well in this trial that used certified organic practices.  The various herbs offer good potential as a specialty crop for small scale growers.

Dr. Vincent Russo, USDA/ARS, discussed the organic production of sweetcorn and other vegetables.  He also discussed vegetable crop rotation projects for organic production.  Dr. Roberts concluded the program with a discussion of vermiculture to produce compost and its use in production.

Last Modified: 9/27/2010
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