Plant and Pest Diagnostic Lab

Goshen County Master Gardeners open a plant and pest diagnostic clinic

Do you have questions about your lawn, garden, trees, or shrubs? Or maybe an insect you found in the basement or other nuisance critters? Then come on out to the Goshen County Extension Office and get your questions answered by a Goshen County Master Gardener!

The Goshen County Master Gardeners are operating a free Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic where they will answer your tough questions about everything from that spot on your tomato to browning needles on your pine tree. Or maybe the strange bug you found on your walk yesterday, or in the garden?

The Goshen County Master Gardener Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic is open Tuesdays from 1 –  3 pm; and for those who need to stop by after work, the clinic is also open on Tuesdays from 5 – 7 pm. No appointment necessary, walk-ins welcome! You can also call to talk with a Master Gardener during clinic hours by calling the Extension Office at (307) 532-2436; or send an email to goshencountyppdc@gmail.com.

For your questions and concerns, bring in a sample of the plant, insect or other pest if possible as it helps immensely to correctly diagnose the problem and provide options for control. Pictures of the problem are also helpful, including the surroundings where the plant is located or the bug was found, etc.

For more information call the Extension Office at (307) 532-2436 or check out the lab and other helpful resources online at bit.ly/goshencountyppdc.

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