Oklahoma Panhandle Research and Extension Center
The Oklahoma Panhandle Research & Extension Center (OPREC) consists of 550 acres of irrigated, limited-irrigated, and dryland research.
Located in the semi-arid zone of the Oklahoma Panhandle, focus of research has been on Wheat, Corn, Grain Sorghum, Sunflowers, Cotton and Bermuda Grass. With an eye toward the future, water use efficiency studies are being conducted to help better understand, prolong and sustain the life of the Ogallala Aquifer. Research and demonstration plots have also been established in conjunction with both the seed and farm chemical companies to evaluate their newest products.
Additionally, many tours, field days, and producer meetings are held at OPREC, including the annual Crop Production Clinic, where highlights of research conducted at OPREC are compiled into books and made available to attendees.
The Oklahoma Panhandle Research & Extension Center serves the agricultural producers of the High Plains. Listed below are research topics:
- Animal science
- Animal waste management,
- Crop residue management
- Forage crops
- Soil fertility
- Weed control
- Irrigation problems
- Small grains
- TAPS Program
- Sub-surface drip irrigation
- Water use efficiency
The memorandum of agreement between the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resource (DASNR), Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU) establishing the Oklahoma Panhandle Research and Extension Center (OPREC) became effective July 15, 1994.
The Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR) represents a highly integrated organization. Academic programs in DASNR are under the purview of Ferguson College. Research programs from the most basic to the strictly applied are conducted by the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station (OAES). Technology generated from research programs is transferred to potential users by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES). DASNR programs represent a true partnership among federal, state and local government and with the private sector.
The OAES is charged with the responsibility of developing and conducting a comprehensive program to investigate agricultural problems of the state. Many problems facing panhandle agriculture are specific to the high plains. Experiments specific to these problems are necessary to provide solutions and transfer of technological information to clientele in the panhandle area.
Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU) is charged with providing post-secondary higher educational experiences, primarily for students enrolled at OPSU. OPSU's mission includes academic programs, cultural enrichment, selected professional and technical training, lifelong learning experiences and public service activities. Within this framework, OPSU owns and operates the university farm as a production unit, providing hands-on laboratory experience opportunities for students and faculty.
OPSU and DASNR have a long history of collaborative efforts, particularly as related to the OAES Panhandle Research Station. This commitment is intended to facilitate the operation of OPREC for the purpose of providing the latest technology and information to producers in the panhandle area.
Size and Location
The Panhandle research unit is 550 acres and is located
1/2 mile northeast of Goodwell, OK on Highway 54.
McCaull Farm is also located in Goodwell, OK.