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Kerr Center Hosted May 3 Course on Native Pollinators

The Kerr Center near Poteau hosted a one-day short course on native pollinators, Saturday, May 3.   Honeybees, long a mainstay for pollination in agriculture, face serious threats from disease and pesticides, and colony numbers are plummeting.   Native pollinators, especially native bees, can fill the gap. Other native pollinators include butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles,…

40-years

Spring 2014 Newsletter Now Available Online

The spring 2014 issue of the Kerr Center newsletter, Field Notes, is now online. This issue marks the newsletter’s 40th year! The Kerr Center is still looking to the future, though, with spring workshops on pollinator conservation and resilient farming.  Find out the latest on the horticulture program’s heirloom okra seed project and bioextensive demonstration,…

Analyzing biochar

Biochar Research Results

2013 summer intern Jonathan Pollnow kept the biochar retort glowing, and the written results of his work with it are now available free from the Kerr Center website. Pollnow wanted to know which of the materials available from the Kerr Ranch would make good feedstocks for biochar produced in the center’s two-barrel nested retort.  He…

Small-Scale Technology and Practices for Sweet Potato Growing in Southeast Oklahoma

Small-Scale Technology and Practices for Sweet Potato Growing in Southeast Oklahoma

A new report, “Small-Scale Technology and Practices for Sweet Potato Growing in Southeast Oklahoma,” draws on lessons learned from the different production practices evaluated during three seasons of sweet potato variety trials on the Kerr Center’s certified organic Cannon Horticulture Plots. It contains in-depth discussions of growing slips, building ridges, transplanting, weed management, harvest methods,…