University of Wyoming Extension News

UW Extension diagnostics team seeing spots


Leaf spot on ivy.

A growing number of tree and ornamental samples submitted to the University of Wyoming Extension diagnostic team have leaf spot issues.

A generic term used to describe a number of leaf spotting disease organisms that can affect all manner of plants, most leaf spot diseases develop as small, scattered circular-to-oval dead areas in leaves under proper conditions (usually damp weather), said William Stump, extension plant pathologist.

 Spots can enlarge and grow together to form large angular to irregular dead areas and can range in color from tan, brown, yellow, grey or black and with or without margins.

Stump said late-season leaf spots are typically more unsightly than harmful, while those beginning early in the season can severely weaken a tree or shrub, especially if it occurs in two or more successive years.

Stump suggests to minimize leaf spot disease:

            -           Remove infected leaves and dead twigs before winter sets in

-           Avoid wetting foliage while watering

-           Maintain good plant health and avoid over-fertilization

-           Use fungicides only in cases of severe disease causing defoliation for several consecutive years

Fungi overwintering in fallen leaves, buds, fruits and twigs can spread leaf spotting disease. Some fungi have specific hosts or may attack several species and, under proper conditions – usually extended periods of cool, wet weather – numerous spores are produced that infect leaves, said Stump.

These conditions are typically found in spring and/or fall for the intermountain regions of Wyoming.

Contact Stump at 307-766-2062 or for more information.

Manage, overcome chronic illness free educational forum in Cody

Randy Weigel

Randy Weigel

Maintaining independence and leading a full and active life is the topic during a free educational forum Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Park County Library in Cody.

“Living with chronic illness: More life less limits” is presented by the Arthritis Foundation in conjunction with the National and Wyoming AgrAbility Program. The forum is 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Lunch is provided, and, although there is no fee, registration is required.

For more information and to register, contact Danielle Vancanti at 888-391-9389, ext. 2, or To register online, visit

Keynote speaker Miss Wheelchair USA Ashlee Lundvall will discuss overcoming obstacles and maintaining a positive outlook on life.

Wyoming AgrAbility program director Randy Weigel at the University of Wyoming said participants will receive an arthritis overview and information on managing arthritis in cold weather from rheumatologist Dr. Rebecca Danforth of Cody.

A demonstration on assistive technology devices that help maintain independence will also be available as well as recreational and outdoor resources to help maintain an active lifestyle while managing a chronic disease or disability.

UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources recognizes award recipients Sept. 20

award recipient photos

A go-to person for public lands management and a sheep rancher who helped create a lamb cooperative will receive outstanding alumni awards from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming.

            The outstanding alumni and other award recipients will be recognized during Ag Appreciation Day Saturday, Sept. 20, on the Laramie campus. The annual Ag Day Barbecue that raises money for agricultural student organizations is 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the southwest corner of Fan Fest inside the Indoor Practice Facility.

            Joel Bousman of Boulder and Brad Boner of Glenrock were selected outstanding alumni. The Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) is the outstanding research-outreach partner, and molecular biology professor Don Jarvis is receiving the Andrew Vanvig Lifetime Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award. Bill Baker of Saratoga is the Legacy Award recipient.

            Recipients will be recognized during the University of Wyoming-Florida Atlantic University football game. Links to full stories are at

            Joel Bousman graduated from the college in 1970 with a degree in agricultural economics. A fourth-generation cattle rancher, he helped develop a permittee monitoring system for public lands grazing.

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Fort Washakie summit to discuss ag production, other issue

Tina Russell

Justina Russell

Agricultural production, issues and services specific to tribal lands and American Indian farmers and ranchers will be explored during the 2014 Wind River Agriculture Summit in Fort Washakie Thursday, Sept. 18.

Sessions begin at 9 and last until 4 p.m. with lunch and refreshments provided.

“The 2014 Wind River Agriculture Summit is an opportunity for agricultural producers to learn about a variety of production agriculture topics and to network with other producers in the area,” said Wind River Reservation UW Extension educator Justina Russell.

Participants can attend a number of educational sessions in the afternoon and visit informational booths throughout the one-day event.

Indian Land Tenure Foundation president Cris Stainbrook will keynote the summit discussing issues facing American Indian landowners including the Cobell Settlement and the American Indian Probate Reform Act. Also featured will be Erick Giles, program director of the National Indian Carbon Coalition, who will present on carbon credit projects.

Other topics include grazing land carrying capacity, profit-focused cow-calf production, weather forecast tools, Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service program benefits and the Intertribal Agriculture Council Technical Assistance Program.

Producers will be able to see firsthand what renewable energy options may work for their operations at the UW Extension renewable energy demonstration trailer in the parking lot.

For more information or to register, contact Russell at 307-332-2135.

UW Extension series studies northwestern Wyoming cattle operation budgets

Associate Professor Dannele Peck

Associate Professor Dannele Peck

A new series of three bulletins from the University of Wyoming Extension addresses budgeting for cattle operations in northwestern Wyoming.

 “The Enterprise Budget” series combines previously conducted research with feedback from a focus group of industry professionals and producers.

 Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics associate professor Dannele Peck said budgets are shown for a “typical” cow-calf-yearling operation and two different spring-purchased stocker operations, acknowledging that no operation is typical.

“They are targeted to producers, lenders and educators who wish to explore the relative profitability of a cow-calf-yearling versus a stocker operation, or who require a baseline budget from which to explore potential effects of a proposed change on costs and revenues,” said Peck.

 “Enterprise Budget for a Cow-Calf-Yearling Operation,Northwest Wyoming,” MP-126.1, “Enterprise Budget for a Stocker Operation, Northwest Wyoming – Spring-purchased, 600-pound steers,” MP-126.2, and “Enterprise Budget for a Stocker Operation, Northwest Wyoming – Spring-purchased, 700-pound steers,” MP-126.3, report costs and revenues reflected by a specific set of production practices. Readers who wish to explore other practices may adjust the budget.

These bulletins are available for free download by going to and clicking Publications in the left-hand column, then typing MP-126.1, 126.2 or 126.3 in the search field.

For more information, contact Peck at 307-766-6412 or at