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ISSUE DATE: 04/23/2012

Islands of yellow amid the sea of green

By Jennifer M. Latzke

Springtime in Oklahoma usually means a sea of green waving wheat fields, occasionally broken up by a field or two of grazing stocker cattle.

But take a drive in northwestern Oklahoma this spring and you'll find some golden yellow islands among the green. Winter canola is becoming more and more widespread as farmers are seeking ways to break the weed cycle that comes with generations of continuous wheat and grazing.

New crop on old land

Kelly Chain is one of those farmers. He farms with multiple generations of his family on land that was homesteaded in 1893. Since then the Chain Ranch has built its reputation as a family owned and operated diversified farming and ranching business with responsible stewardship as its main goal. For generations they've raised wheat as a complement to the family's stocker cattle operation, as well as alfalfa and other feed on the family's land that ranges from Oklahoma to Kansas.

But eight years ago Chain began looking for a way to clean up his family's continuous wheat acres from the cheat and rye that were taking over.


Declaration of disaster emergency issued
Digging into the numbers
Explore the beauty of Wyandotte County on a tractor
Farmers market promotion program grants available
Grease under her nails
Rural Futures Conference set for May
Vilsack: Agriculture is imperative for our country


Aphids apparent in Kansas wheat
Attention to details helps no-till winter canola
Canola tours scheduled in several Kansas locations
Clean up weeds on field margins to control crop pests
Combined treatment most effective for brush management
Crop strategies on burned acres
CRP Readiness Initiative training program offered
Deadline for DCP/ACRE program enrollment is June 1
Discouraging deer from visiting your yard
Insurance offers growers peace of mind
It is all about management
June Wheat Plot Tour planned
Monitor crops for possible wheat disease
Nebraska Grape and Winery Board offers grants
Non-essential burning banned in April
Planters roll to higher fuel prices
Reclaiming salt or sodium soils
Researchers identify disease-carrying aphids
Risk management is very important with any new crop
Take no-till to the next level
Varnell: Winter canola is good for winter wheat
Wheat fungus spreads to 17 counties in Ark.


American Royal Livestock Show schedule announced
Block and Bridle names member to Hall of Fame
Changes planned to make Pioneer Days Rodeo better
Control stocker risk with management
CSU Legends of Ranching sale will cap academic year
Environmental Stewardship Award nominations open
FDA approves feed ingredients
Lamb producers, feeders assess production processes
Managing spring grass growth and selective grazing
NCBA, PLC back Preserve the Waters legislation
NMSU to host Indian Livestock Days in May
Streambank erosion a threat to environment, cattle operations
Top Hand efforts bring in new KLA members
Warm weather wakes bears early


Environmental laws protect citizens
Going global
Good times roll


Insecticide available for multi-crop use
Just a scoop full
Larger calf hutch now on market
That was then and this is now
The dignity of the seed
Will U.S. growers lose their competitive edge to South America?


Aberdeen cattle auction report
Ada livestock auction report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction report
Clovis livestock auction summary
Cold front pushes through state
Colorado livestock auction summary
Cooler temps slow small grain progress a bit
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
Ericson livestock auction report
Fifth week of above normal temps
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Grains start week with losses
Hay demand remains light in some areas
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington livestock auction report
Most areas of state receive rain
North Arkansas Livestock
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock market report
Parts of state see rain, frost
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
Rain improves soil moisture levels
Salina cattle sales report
Severe weather damages areas in state
South Central direct sheep sales
Springfield livestock auction report
Take no-till to the next level
Tama feeder cattle auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Topsoil moisture lacking
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warm spring days, cool nights
Warm, dry conditions continue
Weather cools; planting continues
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Wheat jointing ahead of average
Widespread spring rain welcomed
Woodward livestock auction report


National Western Stock Show schedule of events


Big stink? Smell a winner!
Determining when to water lawns, shrubs and trees
Endowment will benefit 4-H animal science programs
Get involved with Master Gardener program
Get moving when April showers keep you inside
'Green Up!' gardening workshop offered
K-State to host horticulture, ag events
Mixing it up in the salad bowl
NJAA member earns Junior Bronze and Silver Awards
Pink blueberries look pretty and taste wonderful
Remove dead trees to prevent spread of pine wilt
Schipper's beautiful facets make it unique
Snacking associated with increased calories, decreased nutrients
State Fair reinstates siblings
Teach kids the financial facts of life
Treat now for diplodia tip blight
Wild blueberries

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