2017 Private Pesticide Applicator Training’s – Southeast Wyoming

Do you need to renew your private pesticide applicator license? Or obtain a new license? Then be sure to attend one of the training being offered across Southeast Wyoming in the next couple months.

Goshen County
  • Tuesday, January 24th  – 8 am to noon, Platte Valley Bank, Torrington, WY
    Friday, January 27th – noon to 4 pm, Platte Valley Bank, Torrington, WY
Laramie County
  • Thursday, February 16th – noon to 4 pm, Laramie County Fair Grounds, Archer, WY
Platte County
  • Tuesday, February 21st – noon to 4 pm, First State Bank, Wheatland, WY
Albany County

Wednesday, March 1st – 10 am to 5 pm: Presentations on Ag related topics will begin at 10 am, with the Pesticide Applicator Training beginning at 1 pm. Lunch will be included. Held at the Albany County Fairgrounds.

These training’s will cover

  • Integrated pest management
  • Reading and understanding the pesticide label
  • Types and use of personal protective equipment
  • Federal reporting requirements

Changes to the Worker Protection Standards will also be covered. Many of these changes took place as of January 1st of 2017. This will be a good opportunity to learn what these changes mean to you.

Here is a blog post with more information on the changes to the Worker Protection Standards, written by Caitlin Youngquist, UW Extension Educator based in Washakie County:

http://www.drcaitlin.us/hot-topics/federal-worker-protection-standard-updates 

For more information on other training’s across Wyoming go to the University of Wyoming Pesticide Safety Education Program webpage.

If you are unable to attend a training, you can also go into your local Extension Office and take an online test. The test is 50 questions and if you pass, you will receive a certificate of completion at the end. Either way, your application will then be sent to the Wyoming Department of Agriculture and you will receive your license in the mail in about 4 to 6 weeks. Questions? Call Caleb Carter at (307) 532-2436, or ccarte13@uwyo.edu.

2017 Goshen County Master Gardener Tree Sale

if you have been thinking about planting some new trees or shrubs in your landscape next spring, you are not too late! The Goshen County Master Gardeners have extended their 2017 tree sale order period. We have had lots of interest and numerous orders, but also know that December is a tough time of year to keep dates and deadlines straight! So, we have extended our order period to January 31st!

Whether you are looking for some more fruit trees, a nice shade tree for the backyard or some shrubs to add some color around the house, we have something for you! Continue reading 2017 Goshen County Master Gardener Tree Sale

Association hosts Wyoming hay production, marketing seminars

Hay production and marketing seminars are being planned across Wyoming this month by the new Wyoming Hay and Forage Association, sponsored by Croplan by WinField.

Meetings are in Torrington, Casper, Riverton and Powell Nov. 14-17. Times are the same for each meeting.

Events begin at 1 p.m. with a panel featuring local producers and others involved locally in marketing and transporting hay, facilitated by University of Wyoming Extension educators in each area.

“This panel will look at hay marketing and transportation issues,” said Caleb Carter, extension educator based in Goshen County. “This will be an opportunity for producers to learn more about new markets and strategies as well as challenges being faced in transporting hay in Wyoming.” Continue reading Association hosts Wyoming hay production, marketing seminars

2016 Southeast Wyoming Beef Production Convention

University of Wyoming Extension

SAREC

A collection of workshops covering the issues affecting profitability of livestock producers

Goshen County Extension and The James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center (SAREC) will again be hosting the Southeast Wyoming Beef Production Convention in Torrington in November.

The Convention will be held on Tuesday, November 22nd at the Rendezvous Center, on the Goshen County Fair Grounds. Registration will begin at 9:30 am with the program starting at 10 am, going until 5 pm.

We will begin the day with a long range weather forecast from Chad Hahan, from the National Weather Service in Cheyenne, WY. He will discuss advances in technology in weather forecasting, the ins and outs of la nina and el nino and other factors affecting our weather, and what they mean for Wyoming, as well as what we can expect to see over the next few months. Continue reading 2016 Southeast Wyoming Beef Production Convention

Water quality effects on your pesticide application

Anyone who has sat through our private or commercial pesticide applicator training has certainly heard us harp about reading the label, calibrating the sprayer, wearing the proper protective equipment, proper application timing, and so on.

Water quality is a consideration you may not be aware of, specifically the water temperature, pH, and total suspended solids (turbidity). These can decrease the effectiveness of an application and should be considered.

Water Temperature

Research out of Purdue University has shown that water at temperatures around 41 °F or around 133 °F can have a negative effect on weed control with certain pesticides and certain weeds. Weeds they tested included giant ragweed, horseweed (marestail), Palmer amaranth, and pitted morningglory. See Table 1 for results. Continue reading Water quality effects on your pesticide application

The 2016 Torrington Farmers Market!

torrington Wyoming Farmers Market

As the weather warms and you begin to think about fresh tomatoes and sweet corn, remember to check out the 2016 Torrington Farmers’ Market! The market is still on Thursdays but at a new time and a new location! Historically the Thursday market has been held at the Extension Office from 3 pm to 5 pm. The market has now been moved to City park, beginning at 5 pm.

“Historically the Thursday market has been held at the Extension Office from 3 pm to 5 pm. The market has now been moved to City park, beginning at 5 pm.”

There have been many who have asked for the market to be moved back downtown and to have a later start time so those who work would be able to attend the market. The hope of the new board of directors is that this new location and time will help to satisfy both needs, while also providing a wonderful location. The market will begin on Thursday, July 21st and will be held each Thursday until October 6th. Though the last date is weather dependent. Continue reading The 2016 Torrington Farmers Market!