University of Wyoming Extension News

SAREC field day highlights alternative energy, Roundup Ready sugar beets

Mud on car, truck and tractor tires at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center (SAREC) field day near Lingle was ironic.

SAREC director Jim Freeburn summed up Mother Nature’s mood the last year for those touring the trials. “Total precipitation in 2006 was the driest in recorded history and was only 51 percent of normal,” he told producers. From Sept. 1, 2007, to early July this year, the area only received 4.99 inches, while the average rainfall is about 10 inches. Continue reading

4-Hers from across state vie for shooting honors

Approximately 500 youths competed in the Wyoming State 4-H Shooting Sports competition July 12-15 in Douglas.

Competition included pistol, rifle, archery, muzzleloader, shotgun and outdoor skills. 4-Hers competed in junior, ages 8-10; intermediate, ages 11-13; and senior, ages 14-19, categories in individual competition. Team competition had junior, ages 8-13, and senior, ages 14-19, divisions. Continue reading

Landscaping Tips: Resources available statewide for water-wise landscaping

By Robert Waggener, editor, UW CES

Where does a city resident, rural landowner, rancher or farmer turn for help to develop an attractive, water-wise landscape?

Among the good sources are University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (CES) and conservation district offices around the state, the research and extension (R&E) centers near Powell and Sheridan, extension publications and greenhouses and nurseries employing people knowledgeable about plants that can survive Wyoming’s harsh climate. Continue reading