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Small GrainSenior Agriculturalist Oversees Many Changes Over Time in Field Operations

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Tyler Lynch was raised on a sheep and cattle farm in south central Oklahoma. He earned his bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2017 and his master’s degree in plant and soil science in 2019 from Oklahoma State University. During most of his college career, he worked under the late Dr. Bill Raun, and managed all the field operations for the soil fertility program.


Currently, Lynch works in small grains.


“I manage all field operations for the small grain program, which includes preparation, planting, in-season management, harvesting, and data collection,” Lynch said. “I oversee more than 35 trials in 15 locations across the state.”


Lynch is passionate about working in applied research.


“The OSU Small Grains program, along with the Plant and Soil Sciences Department, delivers usable and easily accessible information that directly benefits Oklahoma producers,” he said.


Some accomplishments he has overseen include handling the drought in the last few years, which has been hard on the wheat crop in Oklahoma.


“I am very proud of our team being able to collect good data that Oklahoma wheat growers are able to use,” Lynch said, “despite it being some of the toughest cropping seasons that I have been a part of so far.”


To Lynch, the best part of working at OSU is working with graduate students.


“I wouldn’t have my degrees without my fellow grad students,” he said. “So being able to help other students with fieldwork is the least I can do.”


One of the biggest changes Lynch has seen at OSU has been the continual construction of the New Frontiers Agricultural Hall.


“This is a very exciting time for Oklahoma State, and I think the benefits of this new state-of-the-art facility and the learning and research that will go on inside its walls will be felt for generations to come.”


He also applauds OSU for starting the OSU Student Farm and donating produce to Our Daily Bread. He said this is wonderful for the Stillwater community and those who are a part of the process.


Outside of work, Lynch and his wife, Lerin, stay busy raising their two kids.

“My wife and I met on a bus headed to Kansas City for a 4-H trip when we were 15,” he said.


Lynch said he also enjoys doing outdoor activities, which mostly includes hunting and fishing, watching sports, and volunteering at his church.

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