UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources honors alumni, others

The managing director for one of the largest wholly-owned foreign transportation and logistics firms in China and a weed scientist who built a national and international reputation studying glyphosate-resistant crops are being honored as outstanding alumni by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming.

Martin Winchell

The award recipients will be recognized during Ag Appreciation Weekend Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22-23, in Laramie.

The Wyoming Livestock Roundup is being recognized with the Research/Outreach Partner Award, alumnus Kurt Feltner, who has benefited the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station, is receiving the Legacy Award, and Tex Taylor, a professor and 32-year member of the agricultural and applied economics department, is recipient of an award honoring faculty excellence. Complete stories and photos are at bit.ly/2017agcollege.

Managing director Martin Winchell mixes UW practicality with international experience. From 26 operating locations, Schneider delivers to over a thousand locations in more than 300 Chinese cities. The company serves domestic clients and multinational firms such as IKEA, Wal-Mart and Chevron.

“I was lucky to fall into a niche where I used agricultural and applied economics to learn about transportation,” said Winchell. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business in 1994.

Phil Stahlman

Phillip Stahlman retired this year from the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center at Hays, Kan. Stahlman built a career of finding ways to improve or find new weed management strategies. Basic and applied research examined herbicide-resistant weeds, jointed goatgrass, corn herbicides, grain sorghum herbicides, weed control in soybeans, sunflowers, and wheat, and recropping studies to find ways western Kansas farmers could manage their land after drought or other phenomenon destroys their winter wheat crop. Stahlman received his Ph.D. in agronomy in 1989.

Dennis Sun

The Wyoming Livestock Roundup, published by fourth-generation rancher Dennis Sun, is a staple for farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and others with an interest in the state’s third largest industry. Weekly editions cover livestock and crop production, prices, weather, private lands, federal lands, consumer trends, new research from UW, agricultural news from Washington, D.C., and market influences from around the world.

“Dennis and all the staff at the WLR set the standard for this award,” said Kelly Crane, associate director of UW Extension. “In my judgment, few entities contribute more to UW Extension’s mission to provide relevant, research-based information to Wyoming ranchers, farmers, agri-businesses and rural residents than the WLR.”

Kurt Feltner

Pinedale native Feltner and his late wife, Lynn, provided for an annual young researcher award, and now Feltner has established an endowment in honor of Lynn to create an award for the best student paper in Reflections, the research magazine of the college, published by the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station.

“Most of my contributions over the years have been to the WAES because I’m familiar with a number of major studies commissioned to determine the payoff to investment in agricultural research, and the answer is always the same,” said Feltner. “It’s a huge return. Having kept in touch with UW reasonably well over the years, I knew any help WAES received would be well used by the capable scientists.”

Feltner received a bachelor’s degree in vocational agriculture in 1957 and a master’s in agronomy in 1959.

Tex Taylor

Tex Taylor is recipient of the Andrew Vanvig Lifetime Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award. The community development specialist is the go-to guy for economic analyses of environmental, tourism and recreation, endangered species and many other issues affecting Wyoming and Wyoming communities, noted Dale Menkhaus, Professor Emeritus in the department, who worked with Taylor for decades.

Taylor has led documenting the growth and redistribution of Wyoming’s population and how that affects the loss of open spaces Wyoming residents value.

Taylor is also a long-time member of the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group, which estimates near-future revenues received by Wyoming’s government.

Annual Ag Day Barbecue raises money for student groups, scholarship

Last year’s barbecue

The annual barbecue that raises money for student groups in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming is Saturday, Sept. 23, prior to the Hawaii vs. Wyoming football game.

The Ag Day Barbecue is 5:15-7:45 p.m. in the southwest corner of the Pepsi Pre-game Zone inside the Wyoming Indoor Practice Facility next to the stadium. Tickets for adults are $12, tickets for children ages 6-12 are $5, and children under 6 eat free. Game time is 8:15 p.m.

Last year’s barbecue raised more than $7,800 for the scholarship funded by the event and for student agricultural organizations. The Food Science Club prepares the food, and members of ag student groups volunteer to serve.

Wyoming hosts 2017 Range Beef Cow Symposium Nov. 28-30

Steve Paisley, extension beef cattle specialist

Dates for one of the premier production beef cattle symposiums in the country have been set.

This year’s XXV Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCS) is Tuesday-Thursday, Nov. 28-30, at the Little America Resort and Convention Center in Cheyenne, said Steve Paisley, University of Wyoming Extension beef cattle specialist.

The symposium begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday and concludes Thursday with a half-day cattle-handling workshop. Additional information such as agenda, registration and lodging is available at www.rangebeefcow.com.

More than 25 speakers will address beef production topics such as nutrition, marketing, health, reproduction, consumer demand and current industry issues.

“The Range Beef Cow Symposium is a great opportunity to listen to nationally recognized speakers on a wide variety of topics,” said Paisley, who is also an associate professor in the Department of Animal Science in UW’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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UW plant pathologist describes bacterial leaf streak of corn

A new publication from the University of Wyoming Extension details bacterial leaf streak of corn.

The disease is not yet in Wyoming but is in nine states, including Nebraska, Colorado and South Dakota, said William Stump, assistant professor of plant sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

In “Disease alert: Bacterial leaf streak of corn,” the extension plant pathologist explains the disease symptoms and disease cycle and management.

The disease was first detected in Nebraska in 2014 and confirmed in 2016. The origin of the disease in the U.S. is not known, nor are the mechanisms by which it has extensive spread, Stump said.

The bulletin is available for free download by going to uwyo.edu/uwe and clicking on the Publications link. Type in B-1301 or the title in the search field and click on the link. The publication is available in PDF, HTML or ePub formats.

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.