Pruning method for roses varies depending on variety

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The pruning methods you use will vary according to the type of rose plant, said David Hillock, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist.

“Rose bushes are a great addition to any landscape, but it’s important to keep them pruned so they look their best. Pruning is typically pretty drastic in the spring,” Hillock said. “...

OSU welcomes Jim Ansley as new NREM department head

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Ansley joins the Oklahoma State University family from an off-campus research and Extension center in the Texas A&M system to become the head of OSU’s Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. After 32 years of range research in Texas, Ansley is excited to see what Oklahoma is all about.

“I loved Laramie, Wyoming, where I received m...

OSU to host Prescribed Burn Field Day near Kingfisher

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Those in attendance will learn about the equipment used during a controlled burn, safety measures to consider and the basics of creating an acceptable burn plan.

John Weir, OSU Cooperative Extension fire ecologist, said well-conducted fires in the field are the result of well-written fire plans.

“It helps us to put it down on paper and think this w...

Spring cleaning tips and tricks

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“People spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, and a good portion of that is spent at home,” said Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension housing and consumer specialist. “Keeping your house in order makes living in the space more enjoyable and it reduces the risk of falling, which increase as we get older.”

Peek suggested...

Avoid planting invasive species into your landscapes

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Bradford pear trees, among other invasive species, have become a popular choice for landowners over the years to add beauty to their property. However, that beauty spreads like wildfire into other areas and chokes out native plant life.

“This attractive tree is common in landscapes across much of eastern Oklahoma and is beginning to invade adjacent...

It is time to start making spring garden preparations

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Casey Hentges, host of the popular television program “Oklahoma Gardening,” said a well-planned, properly managed home garden can supply families with a bounty of flavorful, high-quality fresh vegetables from spring through fall.

“Before gardeners start putting seeds in the ground, preparation of the garden site is an important factor to consider t...

OSU recommends producers review their interest rates and repayment terms

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“Analyzing interest rates and repayment terms is one step in examining your cost position,” he said. “The interest rate environment for agricultural producers overall is positive, making it a good time to refinance a variable interest rate note to fixed-term financing.”

At some point, the interest rate market will change, and the change will likely...

OSU livestock economist says beef herd expansion not over yet

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Beginning with a January 2014 low of 29.1 million head, revised National Agriculture Statistics Service data indicated the U.S. beef cow herd expanded 217,000 head in 2014 and another 1.03 million head in 2015. The January 2016 total of 30.3 million beef cows represented a 3.5 percent year-over-year increase, an undeniably aggressive rate of herd...

Oklahoma Peanut EXPO set for March 24 in Altus

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Attendees will hear from leading peanut experts who will provide updates on everything from variety and market type selection to marketing and industry outlook. There is no cost to attend.

“It’s a great opportunity to learn from and speak with leading experts in the field and to interact with other peanut producers and industry members,” said Ron Sh...

Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the country

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Oklahoma has significantly higher food insecurity than the national average. Currently, the state ranks 10th in the nation for food insecurity, said Janice Hermann, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist.

“There are more than 656,000 Oklahomans struggling with food insecurity every day,” she said. “To put it in persp...

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