The eighth annual Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (WAES) Field Days Bulletin features 95 reports highlighting an array of research projects across the state, including studies involving cattle, sheep, crops, weeds, wildlife, rangelands, forests and wildfire.
The Field Days Bulletin documents and makes publicly available the content of ongoing and completed research projects and activities conducted or funded by WAES, said Bret Hess, WAES director and interim dean in the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
“This bulletin is a reflection of our commitment to document agricultural and other research at our four Research and Extension (R&E) centers in Laramie, Lingle, Powell and Sheridan, at UW and across the state,” Hess said.
Reports summarize dry bean, malting barley, sugarbeet and winter wheat variety trials, and also highlight studies relating to traditional and alternative crops, including alfalfa, grass hay, corn, table and wine grapes, chickpea, forage sorghum, camelina, as well as pulse and cover crops.
Other crop-related studies include irrigation practices, disease and insect control, fertilization, weed management and the use of compost in dryland winter wheat fields.
UW scientists, working in collaboration with others, also summarize a variety of research projects designed to help ranchers produce healthier and more efficient beef cattle and sheep.
“We are highly committed to conducting research and extension activities that help solve issues for farmers, ranchers, agricultural organizations, the owners of small acreages, the managers of both public and private lands, and others,” said WAES associate director John Tanaka, who also directs the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture R&E Center (SAREC) in southeast Wyoming near Lingle.
“SAREC was formed to be a place where applied research will be conducted to help agricultural production in the region become more sustainable, and we’re working hard to achieve that mission,” Tanaka said.