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Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

April, 2014

National Soybean Month

The soybean is sometimes called "the miracle bean." Find out why.

Earth Day is April 22

What Oklahoma farm animals are by nature recylers and re-users?

Last Frost Date

In Oklahoma, the average date of the last frost is sometime this month.

Arbor Day is April 25

Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns

Wild fires can be frightening, but is fire always a bad thing? The Role of Fire in Healthy Prairie, Brush and Forest Land

More Forestry Lessons

April is Made in Oklahoma Month

Spring farmers' markets spring to life in Oklahoma during April.

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Oklahoma Vegetable of the Month: Peas

Oklahoma Fruit of the Month: Strawberries

April is National Gardening Month

Gardening is great exercise! Go outside and plant something!

April is National Poetry Month

Prairie Spring
by Willa Cather

Evening and the flat land,
Rich and sombre and always silent;
The miles of fresh-plowed soil,
Heavy and black, full of strength and harshness;
The growing wheat, the growing weeds,
The toiling horses, the tired men;
The long empty roads,
Sullen fires of sunset, fading,
The eternal, unresponsive sky.
Against all this, Youth,
Flaming like the wild roses,
Singing like the larks over the plowed fields,
Flashing like a star out of the twilight;
Youth with its insupportable sweetness,
Its fierce necessity,
Its sharp desire,
Singing and singing,
Out of the lips of silence,
Out of the earthy dusk.

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Spring Plowing, Thomas Hart Benton

More Ag in Poetry

 

April Fool!

There are many theories about the origins of April Fools' Day. This example from Iran relates to agriculture and the growing cycle.

 

April 13 is the Birthday of Thomas Jefferson

"No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden."
- Thomas Jefferson

 

The Last Frost Date in Oklahoma is typically sometime in April. Why is that important?

 

89ers Day is April 22

Oklahoma Ag in History Lessons

What Oklahoma farm animal played a key role in Oklahoma's land runs? Find out here: A Handy Measure

Writing Prompt: Pretend you are a newspaper reporter at the Oklahoma land run of 1889. Write a first-hand account.

Land Run of 1889 (Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture)

Photographs of the American West (National Archives, includes many photos from land runs and early Oklahoma)

Ag-Related Books About Oklahoma History

Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

 

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Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is a program of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.