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.

Powell R&E Center hosts micronutrients for sugarbeets mini-field day

Vivek Sharma

What micronutrients are needed and when by sugarbeets to get maximum yields with the least stress is the focus of a mini-field day at the Powell Research and Extension Center.

The free workshop is 10:30 a.m.-noon Monday, Sept. 11, at the center north of Powell, said Jeremiah Vardiman, University of Wyoming Extension educator. Lunch is provided.

Vivek Sharma’s micronutrient management in sugarbeet research will be highlighted during the field demonstration and discussion. Sharma is an assistant professor of agronomy and extension irrigation specialist with UW.

Vardiman said Sharma’s research seeks to improve seedling vigor and root growth, increase leaf surface area and potentially reduce nitrogen applications while driving late-season sugar percentages and tonnage with micronutrient management.

“This research is honing the knowledge to more uniform and better beet emergence, building stronger and bigger roots in spite of cold wet conditions and improve seedling vigor,”
said Vardiman.

Early-season foliar applications drive row closure by increasing leaf surface area and late-season foliar applications drive sugar content into the beet at the end of the season, he said.

For more information or to RSVP for lunch, contact Sharma at 307-754-2223.