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7/12/2013 10:43:00 PM
Extension Corner
By Nathan Anderson, Agriculture Educator, Dea Rash, FCS Educator, Brenda Brantley, 4-H Youth Development, Keith Reed, Horticulture Educator, Suzette Barta, Rural Development

Pesticide Container Disposal

Payne County Extension will once again sponsor a Pesticide Container Disposal Program. You may bring your empty containers to the Payne County Expo Center Parking Lot on July 30, 2013, from 9:00 am until noon. Plastic Containers ONLY...no lids. Containers must be triple rinsed. From more information please contact us at the Payne County Extension Office (405) 747-8320.

Oklahoma-Kansas canola conferences scheduled for July 17-18

Producers interested in learning how to maximize their canola crop should plan now to attend one of two Oklahoma-Kansas Winter Canola Conferences taking place July 17 in Enid and July 18 in Altus.

"Think of the conferences as one-stop shopping, wherein a participant can get the latest science-proven information about what it takes to raise the most successful canola crop possible relative to local conditions," said Rick Nelson, Garfield County Extension agricultural educator.

There is no charge to attend either of the conferences being put on by cooperating partners Oklahoma Oilseed Commission, the Great Plains Canola Association, Kansas State University and Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

The July 17 conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Enid Convention Hall, located downtown at 301 S. Independence Ave. in Enid. A meeting of the Great Plains Canola Association will follow the meeting.

The July 18 conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Western Oklahoma State College, located at 2801 N. Main St. in Altus. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. for both conferences, with programs kicking off just before 9 a.m.

"Conference materials, refreshments and lunch will be provided free-of-charge to participants thanks to the generosity of numerous donors," said Ron Sholar, OOC executive director. "Participants also will be eligible for door prizes."

Conference sessions will focus on lessons learned from the past year, cultivar selection and performance, the economics of wheat and canola rotations, insect and disease management, a weather outlook for the region and updates from the U.S. Canola Association and Great Plains Canola Association.

Sessions will be led by experts from OSU, KSU, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and industry.

Continuing education units will be available to conference participants who are certified pesticide applicators from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. Certified crop advisor CEUs also will be available.

"If properly managed, canola can yield as many bushels as wheat in this area, and given recent market prices, it becomes obvious that canola has great potential to yield high returns," said Josh Bushong, OSU Cooperative Extension canola specialist. "Canola provides other benefits as well." OSU data suggest that wheat following canola can increase wheat grain yields by approximately 15 percent, and more in some areas.

"Even though conditions were less than optimal this past year, the canola crops of Oklahoma and Kansas demonstrated resilience in the face of drought in the fall and late freeze damage and storm-related challenges in the spring," Bushong said. "Whether you're a producer thinking about raising canola or a veteran looking to fine-tune your operation, these conferences represent a good investment; it's where you want to be in July."

Anyone seeking additional information about the upcoming canola conferences should contact Bushong by email at josh.bushong@okstate.edu or by phone at 405-744-9600, or Sholar by email at jrsholar@aol.com or by phone at 405-780-0113.


Volunteering Good for Job Search

A report release this week by the Corporation for National and Community Service (nationalservice.gov) indicates that there is a relationship between volunteering and finding a job. Co-sponsors for the research are the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The data span a 10-year period from 2002-2012.

Among the key findings of the report titled "Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment" are the following. Volunteers have a 27 percent higher likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers. Volunteers without a high school diploma have a 51 percent higher likelihood of finding employment. Volunteers living in rural areas have a 55 percent higher likelihood of finding employment.

There are several implications of these findings. The obvious one is that if you are unemployed, you should spend some time being involved in community service. On the flip side of that coin, if you represent a non-profit agency that is in need of volunteers, look for new volunteers among the unemployed.

For residents of Payne County who are interested in learning about volunteer opportunities, contact the Stillwater Area United Way Volunteer Center. Their website is: stillwaterunitedway.org.

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