University of Wyoming Extension News

State forage field day June 14 at Sheridan research center

Extension forage specialist Anowar Islam

Extension forage specialist Anowar Islam

Forage production and management and tools to help alfalfa and forage growers produce the best possible yield and quality are part of the Wyoming Forage Field Day Tuesday, June 14, at Sheridan.

The fifth-annual event is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Sheridan Research and Extension Center (ShREC) at Sheridan College. Registration, encouraged by June 3 to ensure a free lunch, is free, and the event is open to the public.

University of Wyoming Extension forage specialist Anowar Islam said the event is farmer-focused, “especially for those who want alfalfa and improved forages in their cropping/animal production systems and improve yield, quality and profitability.”

Full program details are at bit.ly/forageday.

There are more than 13 presentations, ranging from 10 to 40 minutes. A panel of producers is in the afternoon and machinery and equipment demonstrations end the day.

Register by calling ShREC at 307-673-2856 or at shrec@uwyo.edu, or contact Islam at 307-766-4151 or mislam@uwyo.edu.

UW Extension offers resources for staying safe before, during, after flooding

Resources to help prepare for flooding and its aftermath are available from University of Wyoming Extension.

Experts say what people do before, during and after flooding can make a difference in health, safety and recovery.

The following offer resources to help residents weather flooding events in 2016:

·         Extension Disaster Education Network (UW Extension site at bit.ly/Edenflood)

·         Guide to post-disaster restoration for a safe and healthy home (Department of Housing and Urban Development site at bit.ly/restorehome)

·         Recovering from Natural Disasters (UW Extension at bit.ly/Recoverfromdisaster)

·         Agriculture-related post-flooding resources (Extension Disaster Education Network at bit.ly/Edenagflood)

Among guidelines the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers those working in flooded areas are:

  • Do not walk through flowing or standing water.
  • Do not drive through a flooded area.
  • Seek immediate first aid treatment or medical evaluation for any injuries or illnesses.
  • Get immunizations or be sure they are current, e.g., tetanus.
  • Wash hands often, using hand sanitizer or soap and clean water.
  • Keep safe, potable water on hand for drinking and washing. Consider all water unsafe until the public water supply is officially declared safe.
  • Use insect repellant and sunscreen.
  • Wear watertight, slip-resistant boots with steel toe and insole (not just steel shank).

FEMA warns of dangers from slippery and unstable surfaces; sharp or jagged debris; electrical hazards and chemical exposures; and contact with airborne microorganisms and microbial growth (bacteria and fungi) and animal remains. Continue reading

Hundreds of weeds identified in free ‘Weeds of the West’ e-pub

Weeds of the West

Weeds of the West

Pigweed, dogbane and horsetail are among plants featured in the free downloadable “Weeds of the West,” a guide to more than 350 species found around the home, farm and ranch.

The guide, available as a pdf or ePub at bit.ly/weedswest, aids in identifying species that compete with native plants, horticultural and agricultural crops or are toxic to livestock and people.

Entries include descriptions, habitats and characteristics for weeds growing in all western states, including Hawaii. More than 1,000 photographs show early growth stages and mature plants, plus important features for identification.

Abundance and ability to reproduce, compete and spread rapidly often characterize weeds. According to the editors, the “weed” label does not mean a plant is always undesirable or cannot be beneficial under certain circumstances.

They give as examples species undesirable on grasslands for livestock as being valuable wildlife forage or habitat elsewhere. Some species poisonous to livestock are valued as ornamentals, and some nearly universally unappreciated weeds may help reduce soil erosion on disturbed sites. Continue reading

4-H volunteer development expert joins state program office

Sarah Torbert

Sarah Torbert

A 4-H volunteer development specialist is joining the Wyoming State 4-H Office at the University of Wyoming May 16.

Sarah Torbert earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a master’s degree in training and development from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Wyoming 4-H has more than 1,750 volunteers working with over 6,600 youth members.

Torbert has 14 years experience working with 4-H volunteers through extension programs in Wisconsin and Missouri, said Kim Reaman, University of Wyoming Extension federal relations and staff development coordinator.

Torbert also worked with volunteers in the Girl Scout program in Wisconsin, Reaman added.

4-H is the youth arm of University of Wyoming Extension, and its state offices are in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

UW Extension hosts management-intensive grazing school near Glenrock

Cows watch management-intesnsve grazing participants watch them during a previous MIG school near Wheatland.

Cows watch management-intensive grazing (MIG) participants watch them during a previous MIG school near Wheatland.

A four-day school to coax more out of pastures, extend grazing seasons and reduce or eliminate the need for harvested feed is being sponsored near Glenrock by the University of Wyoming Extension.

The Management-intensive Grazing School is Monday-Thursday, June 6-9, at the Duncan Ranch near Glenrock. Each day consists of classroom work in the morning followed by hands-on applications of the concepts on the ranch. Registration deadline is May 24.

The school teaches participants how to design and implement a management-intensive grazing program focused on profitability and pasture production. 

Author Jim Gerrish, who operates a grazing operation near May, Idaho, and is a contributing writer for the “Stockman Grass Farmer,” will lead the school, said Dallas Mount, extension educator based in Wheatland.

The difference between high-profit and low-profit cow-calf operations can usually come down to the amount of harvested feed the operation uses, said Mount. He said the school teaches a way to reduce the cost of harvesting and feeding and improve pasture productivity. Continue reading