Great Plains Grazing eNewsletter

From the Director

Fall is here and I have received an approval letter from NIFA for our year 4 funding.  I am trying to finish all the subcontracts and they should be out soon.  I hope the summer went well for you.  Our research and extension efforts are continuing to move forward with a number of referred publications being published as well as new extension tools and publications. 
Also, thanks to those of you who gave webinars and presented at meetings and tours over the summer.
Keep up the good work.  Please contact me if you have any questions.

Tools and Apps

Canopeo for AndroidiPhone and MatLab
Canopeo is a rapid and accurate green canopy cover measurement tool. Use this app to quantify the percent canopy cover of live green vegetation for any agricultural crop, turf, or grassland based on downward-facing photos taken with your mobile device. This can be especially useful for managing fall wheat grazing to maintain canopy cover.



Need help using Canopeo? Check the official website.


Upcoming Events
Selected events. See our Events page for additional event information.

Fall Grazing Workshop

Topics: Fixed Paddock Design and multi-species grazing, construction and use of temporary fencing, and property overview.

Location: Dixon Water Foundation Betty and Clint Josey Pavilion 5190 County Road 398, Decatur, TX
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Registration: $20
More information


Eastern Kansas Grazing School 

Topics: Art and science of grazing, grazing arithmetic, farm visit pasture allocation, animal behavior and interaction, soil and plant basics, resource inventory and stocking rate, and fencing.

Location: Perry Community Building, Perry, KS
Date: September 20-21, 2016
Registration: $50. To register, contact David Hallauer at or Jody Holthaus at

More information


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In Case You Missed It

Recent articles, blog posts, and other timely info from/about our team as well as news items of interest to beef producers.

Preparation Promotes Successful Winter Pasture Season
August 2016 - James Rogers, Ag News and Views
If you have not started preparing for the season, start now with a look at potential weather conditions. According to a U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook prediction model at this writing for a period that ends Sept. 30, temperatures may be slightly above normal and precipitation near normal. If this holds up, soil temperatures should be warm with moisture available, leading to rapid emergence once we get the seed in the ground.

Read full article here

NDVI, It's Not All the Same
July 2016 - Brian Arnall, Down and Dirty with NPK
With the most recent FAA UAV announcement my phone has been ringing with excited potential UAV users.  Two points always comes up in the conversation. NDVI (normalized difference vegetation index) and image resolution. This blog will address the use of NDVI, resolution will come later. Before getting into the discussion, what NDVI is should be addressed. 
Read full article here

It May Be Dryer than You Think
August 16, 2016 - Al Sutherland, Weather & Agriculture: A Plains Perspective
While we’re a little cooler, Oklahoma’s plants are still pulling a lot of water out of the soil each day. And for many Oklahoma locations soils are on the dry side.
Read full article here


Recent Webinar

“Does Climate Change Your Plate” Consumer Curriculum
Barbara Brown, Ph.D., R.D./L.D.
Food Specialist, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension and Associate Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Oklahoma State University

Watch it now

Because of a disconnect between food production and the consumer many have minimal understanding of where food comes from, how it is produced and how production, particularly of beef, impacts the environment.
The curriculum “Does Climate Change Your Plate” was developed to address that and other basic issues such as the difference between weather and climate, the amount of greenhouse gasses introduced by all sources including agriculture, looking particularly at the contributions from beef production, how changing climate may impact their pocketbook, nutrition and health concerns associated with beef, how consumers can adapt to higher costs and better food choice options and finally how they, though their food buying and eating choices can ensure that resources used during production are not wasted.
Great Plains Grazing team member and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Food Specialist, Barbara Brown, will present “Does Climate Change Your Plate,” a free webinar at 1:30 p.m. (CDT) on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. The webinar is open to anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of what consumers need to know about the impact of beef cattle on the environment and their role in the process from purchase through consumption.

Webinar participants can expect to learn highlights of:

  • The amount of greenhouse gasses EPA shows are the result of livestock production
  • Potential impacts of climate change on consumer prices for beef and adaptation strategies
  • Health issues consumers consider when making protein choices
  • The consumers’ role in reducing food waste, thus reducing harmful impacts on the environment

Barbara Brown has been the Food Specialist with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service since 1981.  During that time she has worked on programs that help consumers learn skills and make choices to make food more nutritious, better tasting, safer, and more economical.  You may have seen a sample of her at work on Oklahoma Gardening, a television program produced at OSU and broadcast on Oklahoma Public Television and available on YouTube.  Barbara has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Kansas State University in Food and Nutrition and a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in Home Economics.  She is a registered and licensed dietitian.

The webinar series aims to provide research-based information, and is targeted for producers and extension agents. Previous webinars are archived and more information is available at



New fact sheet from Kansas State University
DeWolf, E., Lollato, R., & Whitworth, J. R. (2016, July). MF991 Wheat Variety Disease and Insect Ratings 2016. Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service.
Download available here

New fact sheet from Kansas State University and Oklahoma State University
Lollato, R. P., Patrignani, A., Ochsner, T. E., Rocateli, A., Tomlinson, P., & Edwards, J. (2016, July). MF3304/PSS-2170 Dual Purpose Wheat: Improving Grazing Management Using a Smartphone App. Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service.
Download available here

New article in International Journal of Geosciences
Basara, J. B., Maybourn,J. N., Peirano, C. M., Tate, J. E., Brown, P. J., Hoey, J. D., and Smith, B. R. (2013). Drought and associated impacts in the Great Plains of the United States—A review. International Journal of Geosciences, 4(6B), 72-81.
Read the full article here


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