UW Extension bulletin explores soil water basics for irrigation management

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Vivek Sharma, UW Extension irrigation specialist

Understanding soil-water relationships for more efficient irrigation is the focus of a new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Extension.

Extension irrigation specialist Vivek Sharma explores the basics of soil water concepts and associated terms in Irrigation Management: Basics of Soil Water, B-1330

A better understanding of definitions and terms associated with soil water can aid communication between agricultural producers, irrigation practitioners, extension personnel, researchers and water management and regulatory agency personnel, said Sharma, based at the Powell Research and Extension Center and an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at UW.

Topics include soil composition, soil bulk density, soil water content, the soil moisture characteristic curve, available water capacity, total available water and the water balance, among others.

The publication is available for free viewing or downloading here. The document is available in PDF, HTML or ePub formats.

UW scientists find grass-legume mixtures provide highest net returns

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Extension forage agroecologist Anowar Islam

University of Wyoming researchers have determined grass-legume mixtures have higher productivity and net economic returns than monoculture grass or legume stands.

UW Extension forage agroecologist Anowar Islam reports the results in Grass-Legume Mixtures Can Maximize Farm Profits in Wyoming, B-1329.

Islam conducted three years of studies at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle. He found a 50-50 percent mixture of alfalfa and meadow bromegrass produced the highest net return. A 50-50 percent mixture of alfalfa and orchardgrass had the second highest net return in his study.

The bulletin is available for free viewing and download by going to www.uwyo.edu/uwe and clicking on the Find a Publication tab and typing in the title or bulletin number. The document is available in PDF, HTML or ePub formats.

UW Extension helps sponsor ‘Start Your Own Business’ workshop

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Hannah Swanbom

A nuts and bolts workshop to help those considering starting a business is Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Niobrara County Fairgrounds in Lusk.

“Start Your Own Business” is 5-8 p.m., said Hannah Swanbom, University of Wyoming Extension educator. The session is free. Registration is at www.wyomingsbdc.org, and those wanting more information can call 307-234-6683.

UW Extension and the Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network are sponsoring the workshop.

Justin Farley, regional director for the Wyoming SBDC Network, will teach the class. Farley covers Converse, Natrona, Niobrara and Platte counties.

Those attending will explore the pros and cons of having their own business and evaluate the skills and knowledge necessary for success, said Swanbom.

Areas include investigating a business idea potential, identifying a target market, financial options, and legal, tax and insurance issues.

“If you plan on joining Wyoming’s small business community, ‘Start Your Own Business’ is a good introduction to this exciting and challenging world,” Swanbom said.

Swanbom said Farley has a background in finance and real estate and has operated and sold Papa Murphy’s and Quiznos franchises.

“Justin’s business experience can help lend some insight on the road to entrepreneurship,” said Swanbom.

UW Extension state office associate receives professional of year honor

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Ann Roberson, left, receives the Administrative Professional of the Year Award from last year’s recipient Donna Nelson of Johnson County.

Ann Roberson in the University of Wyoming Extension state office has received the organization’s 2018 Administrative Professional of the Year award.

She was presented the honor Thursday, Sept. 13, during the extension office associates’ professional development conference in Afton.

Roberson of Laramie joined UW Extension in 2010 working in the Wyoming State 4-H Office in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources then accepted the administrative associate’s position in the state extension office in 2014.

Her job is complex, demanding and can be stressful, said Mary Kay Wardlaw, associate director of UW Extension.

“Yet, she is quick to smile, will always give a ‘Yes I can’ response and exemplifies outstanding customer service to educators, specialists, administrators and general public,” said Wardlaw. “She is our rock and keeps us well grounded.”

Nominators also cited her customer service skills, patient demeanor and her willingness to go above and beyond in her responsibilities. She frequently serves on search committees to help hire staff and participates in special events throughout the year.

Wardlaw noted she and fellow associate director Kelly Crane are often out of town as part of their assignments.

“The only way we can be effective in our jobs is by having Ann handling and managing the office on campus,” she said.

UW Extension has offices in every county and the Wind River Indian Reservation.

UW Extension bulletin explains grass-legume system benefits

Image of publication cover            Adopting grass-legume systems instead of only legumes or only grasses can improve overall productivity and profitability, according to research published in a new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Extension.

Grass-Legume Mixtures Can Improve Soil Health, B-1328, explains the increases are through production cost reductions and improving long-term soil health by boosting soil properties and microbial activities.

The findings are from a 2010-2014 field study at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle.

The free bulletin is available for viewing or downloading by going to www.uwyo.edu/uwe and clicking on the Find a Publication link. Type in the bulletin title or number. The bulletin is available in pdf, HTML or ePub formats.