UW center near Lingle hosts sugarbeet micronutrient, moisture sensor workshop

Extension irrigation specialist Vivek Sharma. who is based at the Powell Research and Extension Center.

What micronutrients are needed and when by sugarbeets to get maximum yields and soil moisture sensor field demonstrations are topics of a mini-field day 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle.

University of Wyoming Extension irrigation specialist Vivek Sharma will discuss micronutrient applications to sugarbeets.

Research has shown micronutrients can help grow bigger roots, increase leaf area and cause earlier canopy closure with an increased sugar percentage and tonnage per acre, said Caleb Carter, UW Extension educator. The project is in collaboration with Agriscience Technologies.

For the soil moisture sensor project, Sharma has installed several different types and will discuss the differences in their operation, maintenance and data interpretation.

There is no cost for the workshop but RSVPs for lunch would be appreciated, said Carter. Call him at 307-532-2436 to RSVP or with any questions.

Powell R&E Center hosts micronutrients for sugarbeets mini-field day

Vivek Sharma

What micronutrients are needed and when by sugarbeets to get maximum yields with the least stress is the focus of a mini-field day at the Powell Research and Extension Center.

The free workshop is 10:30 a.m.-noon Monday, Sept. 11, at the center north of Powell, said Jeremiah Vardiman, University of Wyoming Extension educator. Lunch is provided.

Vivek Sharma’s micronutrient management in sugarbeet research will be highlighted during the field demonstration and discussion. Sharma is an assistant professor of agronomy and extension irrigation specialist with UW.

Vardiman said Sharma’s research seeks to improve seedling vigor and root growth, increase leaf surface area and potentially reduce nitrogen applications while driving late-season sugar percentages and tonnage with micronutrient management.

“This research is honing the knowledge to more uniform and better beet emergence, building stronger and bigger roots in spite of cold wet conditions and improve seedling vigor,”
said Vardiman.

Early-season foliar applications drive row closure by increasing leaf surface area and late-season foliar applications drive sugar content into the beet at the end of the season, he said.

For more information or to RSVP for lunch, contact Sharma at 307-754-2223.

Two-day workshop prepares producers, emergency responders for ag emergencies

Emergency response and planning for agricultural emergencies are part of a two-day training workshop in Casper for producers and government entities.

The “Wyoming Ag Responder Academy” is Friday-Saturday, Sept. 8-9, at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds in Casper, said Scott Cotton, University of Wyoming Extension educator and a presenter during the course.

The sessions are sponsored by UW Extension, Colorado State University Extension and Montana State University Extension addressing specific needs of western states that have fewer resources, deal with greater distances and more community dependence on agriculture, said Cotton.

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UW team studies how ranch economics affected by sage-grouse conservation efforts

John Tanaka, associate director of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station

How greater sage-grouse conservation practices have affected ranch economics across six states is being studied by a University of Wyoming research team.

The group in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management will draw input from local ranchers across Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, said John Tanaka, professor and associate director of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station.

The team will develop cow-calf ranch enterprise budgets for use in models to estimate the economic impacts of different conservation practices on ranches, said Holly Kirkpatrick, one of the research assistants.

Partnerships between federal and state agencies and private landowners have reduced threats to greater sage-grouse in 90 percent of the species’ breeding habitat, said Tanaka. He said the practices have changed the way livestock are grazed on millions of acres of land across the western United States, especially on public lands.

“Ranchers manage extensive areas of those lands and are critical to help keep the bird from being listed as threatened or endangered in the future,” said Tanaka. “The project will assess how ranchers and the communities in which they operate have been affected.”

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New publication shares path to UW research near Laramie Peak

Researcher uses hand-held GPS tool outdoors.
Larry Munn, now retired from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, uses GPS as part of habitat studies at the Rogers Research Center.

How 320 acres in the Laramie Mountains came to be a field site where University of Wyoming students and faculty members conduct forestry and wildlife research is the subject of a new publication about the Rogers Research Site (RRS) northwest of Wheatland.

Ranchers, farmers, cabin owners and other area residents, along with UW, state and federal employees, played a role in the direction of the UW-owned site, according to RRS Bulletin 2, Wide constituency guides early activities and research at Rogers Research Site, north Laramie Mountains, Wyoming.

Their recommendations and a summary of current and completed studies are detailed in the bulletin, available for downloaded at bit.ly/UWEpubs. Enter Rogers Research Site into the search bar.

In 2002, U.S. Army Col. William C. Rogers (1906–2003) bequeathed his land near Laramie Peak to UW with the stipulation that it be used, in part, for research relating to the improvement of forestry and wildlife resources in the Laramie Mountains and across Wyoming.

RRS is under management of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (WAES) and one of its four research and extension centers, the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture R&E Center (SAREC) near Lingle.

“WAES is dedicated to serving the people of Wyoming with relevant research,” said UW professor John Tanaka, director of SAREC and associate director of WAES. “As we began planning for RRS, having field days at the site was important for framing the questions we wanted to address.”

Robert Waggener, WAES editor and author of this second bulletin in the RSS series, said that 70 people at a field day in 2005 were asked to rank their priorities for the site.

“Their input provided an important stepping stone for early planning and research,” Waggener said. “Among their top recommendations were forestry and wildlife habitat research, student education, and studies involving water, range ecology and livestock grazing.”

UW employees, students and representatives from the Laramie Peak Fire Zone, Platte County Weed and Pest Control District, Wyoming Game and Fish Department and other agencies contributed further input during later field days and planning sessions.

Former SAREC director Jim Freeburn oversaw early activities at the site.

“The support and responses from agency personnel have been tremendous, and people from the Laramie Peak area gave insightful comments that were heartfelt and showed a passion for the land and resources,” said Freeburn, now the regional training coordinator with Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

“Col. Rogers had a great interest in research in forest environments, and it is my hope that UW will carry that tradition forward and complete research that benefits the area and our knowledge base,” Freeburn added.

A quick research shift followed the high-intensity Arapaho Fire in 2012, which burned nearly 100,000 acres in the Laramie Mountains, including RRS lands.

“While the initial thoughts were to study an intact forested landscape,” said Tanaka, “that focus changed with the Arapaho Fire to one of forest restoration.”

Preliminary findings from the ponderosa pine restoration study, a vegetation mapping survey and pre- and post-fire soils research will be detailed in upcoming bulletins. A limited number of printed copies of the first two bulletins will be available at the annual SAREC open house (2753 State Highway 157 near Lingle), 4–8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24.

For more information about the free event, research at RRS or the bulletins, call 307-837-2000 or email sarec@uwyo.edu. An open house schedule is at http://www.uwyo.edu/uwexpstn/centers/sarec/.