Rose honored as Master Agronomist

Stillwater- Kenneth A. Rose of Keyes has been named the Master Agronomist of 2004 by the Oklahoma State University Plant and Soil Sciences Department. The banquet was in Stillwater on April 1.

Rose is a very innovative farmer who has strived to keep his family farm running efficiently. Ken has brought the knowledge he received from Southern Nazarene University where he received his B-S. degree and Kansas State University where he received his Masters in Organic Chemistry back to his farm. He has willingly shared this knowledge with neighboring farmers and friends.

Rose's farm consists of approximately 7,000 acres of farm and grassland. He raises grain sorghum, wheat, and runs a cow/calf operation. The past few years he has experimented growing dry land corn and sunflowers.

Rose recognizes the importance of crop rotation to minimize weed competition, reduce chemical usage, and to conserve soil and moisture. He is faithful with soil testing and proper placement of nutrients for better crops. Since the early 1980's, Ken has also used reduced and no-till farming methods on his farm and has given presentations to various farm groups on the benefits of minimum till, chemical fallow, and crop rotation.

Rose's unselfish qualities are shown by the time he has taken cooperation with the various organizations he is in. He is a member of the Oklahoma Grain Sorghum Association where he is serving as past president. He also serves the National Grain Sorghum Board where he has filled various offices and has been chosen as the newly elected president. He has served on the Cimarron County Conservation District Board for the past ten years. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the First State Bank of Boise City, and serves on the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture CAFO rules committee. Through his association with the Grain Sorghum Producers, Ken has lobbied on behalf of producers in Oklahoma City and Washington, D. C., and has had the opportunity to testify before both the State and U.S. House of Agricultural Committees in efforts to obtain better research funding for agriculture and for increased incentives for ethanol production.

He is an active member of the Nazarene Church of Elkhart, Kan. where he has served on the board for the past 23 years. He and his wife, Norma, live on the family farm northeast of Keyes, Oklahoma. They have two daughters, Janelle and Kendra.

With Rose's selection, there have been four Cimarron County recipients of this award: Wesley Sanders, Ron Overstreet and J. B. Stewart. A real accomplishment for a county with a population just over 3 thousand.