Soil moisture monitoring

University of Wyoming Extension to host seminar on soil moisture monitoring options for agricultural producers

The University of Wyoming Extension will host a seminar on soil moisture monitoring techniques beginning at 10 am at the Albin Community Center, on Wednesday, April 3rd. Come get current research updates and talk to sales reps about what options they have to offer.

Vivek Sharma, University of Wyoming Extension Irrigation Specialist, will discuss his current research efforts and recent findings. Caleb Carter, University of Wyoming Extension Area Educator based in Goshen County will discuss ways to incorporate this technology into your irrigation strategy. Continue reading University of Wyoming Extension to host seminar on soil moisture monitoring options for agricultural producers

2019 spring garden conference

Master Gardeners to host Spring Garden Conference on native pollinators, growing giant pumpkins, and a pruning workshop!

The Goshen County Master Gardeners will host a Spring Garden Conference on Saturday, March 30th at the Goshen County 4-H Building.

The Conference will begin at 9 a.m. with presentations by a variety of garden experts.  The first presenter will be Jane Dorn, author and renowned native plant expert. She will talk about what we can plant to attract a variety of native pollinators (more than just bees!).

The other morning sessions will cover additional timely garden topics including who are our native pollinators, and the effects of pesticides on those pollinators.

A catered lunch will follow the morning sessions. During lunch, a panel discussion will be held on growing Giant Pumpkins, featuring local growers. Free seeds will also be available to all participants! Continue reading Master Gardeners to host Spring Garden Conference on native pollinators, growing giant pumpkins, and a pruning workshop!

Palmer amaranth

Palmer amaranth: a new weed to Wyoming, be on the lookout!

Palmer amaranth is a new weed that has shown up in Wyoming in the last couple of years, and it is a serious weed. Here are a couple quotes to help convey the seriousness of this threat:

“It’s the only weed I’ve seen that can drive a farmer out of business.” - Bill Johnson, Purdue University Extension Weed Specialist
“Palmer amaranth’s prolonged emergence period, rapid growth rate, prolific seed production, and propensity to evolve herbicide resistance quickly makes this the most pernicious, noxious, and serious weed threat that North Dakota farmers have ever faced.” - Rich Zollinger, Retired NDSU Extension Weed Scientist

An excerpt from Amaranthus species A current and emerging threat in Wyoming, University of Wyoming Extension: Continue reading Palmer amaranth: a new weed to Wyoming, be on the lookout!

Hay bales in a field

Hands-on workshops on determining cost of production and break even yields, prices

The Wyoming Hay and Forage Association and University of Wyoming Extension are hosting two educational workshops in February, as part of the associations 2019 Winter Seminar Series. The workshops will be held in Torrington on Tuesday, February 5th and Casper on Thursday, February 14th.

The Wyoming Hay and Forage Association will have information and a short presentation on what the association has to offer members. For more information on the Wyoming Hay and Forage Association, go to http://wyhay.com/. Continue reading Hands-on workshops on determining cost of production and break even yields, prices

Pesticide spraying

UW Extension offers southeast Wyoming pesticide applicator training

Several trainings to obtain or renew pesticide applicator licenses are being offered across southeast Wyoming in February and March  by the University of Wyoming Extension.

The training includes integrated pest management, how to properly read and understand the label, types and use of personal protective equipment and federal reporting requirements.

Four hours of continuing education credits are available to any commercial pesticide applicator license holders. Continue reading UW Extension offers southeast Wyoming pesticide applicator training

Cows in the snow

BeefChain, Beef Quality Assurance and Wyoming’s efforts in Taiwan among topics at 2018 Southeast Wyoming Beef Production Convention

University of Wyoming Extension and Wyoming Stock Growers Association are hosting the 2018 Southeast Wyoming Beef Production Convention in Torrington, Wyoming on November 20th at the Goshen County Fairgrounds.

This program, sponsored in part by Western SARE and the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA), is a collection of workshops covering the issues affecting profitability of livestock producers. Featured topics include a panel discussion on blockchain technology in agriculture, Wyoming’s new trade agreement with Taiwan for Wyoming beef, a livestock market update, and a presentation on Beef Quality Assurance (BQA). Come learn why you, as a livestock producer in Wyoming, should get certified. Over lunch, Jim Magagna, Executive Director of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, will give an update on what the Stock Growers have been up to and what issues they are addressing right now.

Some of the other topics include why cow size matters for Wyoming range operations, strategies for changes in markets or spring precipitation, having difficult conversations as part of the Ag Legacy Estate Planning program, as well as lessons learned on market volatility…Australia’s KLR Marketing from University of Wyoming Extension Educator Dallas Mount’s recent sabbatical to Australia. Continue reading BeefChain, Beef Quality Assurance and Wyoming’s efforts in Taiwan among topics at 2018 Southeast Wyoming Beef Production Convention