Weed, hay management among topics at July 7 Sheridan field day

Extension educator Blaine Horn at a previous Sheridan R&E Center field day.

Draft horses Pistol and Pete from the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (WAES) will join University of Wyoming scientists at the Sheridan Research and Extension Center’s field day Friday, July 7.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with introductions to follow at the Watt Agriculture Building on the Sheridan College campus.

Research plots will be toured. Presentations include weed and vineyard and hay management, native plant research and a garden project. A lunch buffet is provided at noon and ends the field day. RSVPs are requested by July 1 by calling 307-673-2856 or by email at shrec@uwyo.edu.

The center is among four research and extension centers in the state under the direction of the WAES in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

UW Extension communications office earns national honors

From left, Steve Miller, Chavawn Kelley Tana Stith, and Lindsay Hadfield.

An app offering users the history and wonders of Wyoming received the top award for information technology among land-grant university agricultural communication departments during their national meeting June 13-16 in New Orleans.

Other members of University of Wyoming Extension’s Office of Communications and Technology also received honors during the Association for Communication Excellence conference.

Media producer and director of broadcast media David Keto and office manager Tana Stith received a gold award and the Outstanding Professional Skill honor for explorewyo. The app opens a vault of more than 400 videos georeferenced to the state’s landmarks, counties, history, culture, energy, flora, fauna and more.

David Keto

Other awards are:

* Keto and media producer Lindsay Hadfield received a silver for news and features in the electronic video category.

* Ag News, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources publication, received a gold award in the newsletter category. Those working on Ag News include Stith, editors/writers Steve Miller and Chavawn Kelley and designer Tanya Engel.

* The college’s research publication Reflections received a silver award in technical publications and a bronze in electronic publications.

* CONNECT, the magazine of UW Extension, received a bronze award in one-to full-color publications.

* Miller received a bronze award in feature writing for magazines.

“From the planning stages to the final product, each and every person in UW Extension Communications and Technology contributes to producing these award-winning publications and the explorewyo app,” said Stith. “The real honor is working with this team.”

UW Extension’s new app connects users with Wyoming details

Wyoming visitors and residents can open a vault of more than 400 videos georeferenced to the state’s landmarks, counties, history, culture, energy, flora, fauna and more with an app from University of Wyoming Extension.

Explorewyo is available on iTunes and on the web at uwexplorewyo.org, said David Keto, UW Extension media producer.

The app taps into Exploring the Nature of Wyoming videos produced by extension’s rangeland team for a number of years, broadcast through weekly television public service announcements and posted on YouTube.

Educator Ashley Garrelts explains the explorewyo app

The videos were created to educate the general public about natural resources and natural resource management, said extension educator Ashley Garrelts, who heads the rangeland team. Members research topics, write scripts, scout for locations and serve as on-camera hosts. Videos are also used in educational events hosted by extension.

The team wanted to make the videos mobile accessible.

“And since many of the videos focus on specific points of interest in the state, we wanted to make the videos available on a map with georeferenced locations,” said Keto.

Videos can be viewed on the map, list or thumbnails. The map interface is the key feature, Keto said.

“The map view in particular makes it easy to see videos near your location and provides additional layers such as historic trails and mountain peaks to provide even more context for the videos,” he said.

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Visiting researcher hopes to uncork Sheridan scientist’s grape precision breeding expertise and cure Italy’s grape grower dilemma

Ph.D. student Cecilia Limera from Italy is learning grape precision breeding techniques developed by Sadanand Dhekney at the Sheridan Research and Extension Center.

Even if the visiting Ph.D. student’s efforts at the Sheridan Research and Extension Center succeed, she won’t get a taste of her own success.

Cecilia Limera from Italy is working six months in Sadanand Dhekney’s laboratory trying to learn, and then return to Europe, grape precision breeding techniques Dhekney has crafted through years of research.

Limera is learning how to initiate embryo cultures of different grape varieties via non-sexual means and modify them using existing DNA sequences from the grapes and their “wild” relatives. No new genetic material is added.

She’s learning precision breeding because European grape growers are caught between diseases, pests and regulations limiting chemical applications. Wine industry businesses and government regulators want other ways of continuing their varieties without using GMOs.

Limera rates the value of learning such techniques high.

“I’d say ‘10,’ or even priceless,” she said. “The people specialized in this are really few.”

Dhekney is one of the few, and his expertise may help researchers who face time and consumer preference pressures.

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Forage production, weed management in pastures Cody, Powell workshop focus

Park County educator Jeremiah Vardiman

“Horses, Pastures and You!” workshops are in Cody and Powell in June.

The hands-on workshops are 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at the Boot and Bottle Club, 69 Road Xux, just off of the South Fork Road, near Cody, and the same times Thursday, June 22, at Heart Mountain Ranch, 1357 Rd. 22, near Powell.

The sessions will focus on how to estimate the amount of forage produced in a pasture, how to evaluate and select hay and calculating hay needs, and weed management in pastures, said Jeremiah Vardiman, University of Wyoming Extension educator.

UW Extension and the Park County Weed and Pest Control District are offering the sessions. For more information, contact Vardiman at 307-754-8836 or Mary McKinney at 307-254-1758 with Park County weed and pest.