Training registration opens for those seeking new commercial applicator license

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Jeff Edwards, extension pesticide applicator training coordinator

Registration is now open for a three-day program to assist obtaining new commercial applicator licenses through the University of Wyoming Extension.

Wyoming statutes require anyone applying pesticides, restricted use or not, and receiving payment to do so, to have a commercial applicator license, said Jeff Edwards, UW Extension pesticide training coordinator.

This year’s training session for those seeking new licenses is Tuesday-Thursday, Jan. 22-24, at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper. Those attending have the option of taking examinations on Thursday and receiving their licenses.

Topics covered include core materials, state statutes, application procedures, pest identification and management and other license category-specific information, said Edwards.

“This course is specifically designed to educate individuals who are new to pesticide application,” he said. “To receive your license, you must pass the core exam plus a minimum of one category exam with a 70 percent or better.”

Class registration fee is $95 per person.  Electronic registration is preferred and is at http://bit.ly/wyo-pesticide-2019.

Edwards also highly recommends downloading (for free) or purchasing the training manuals and reading them prior to class.  The training manuals needed are available at http://bit.ly/wy-pesticide-training. Printed materials can be ordered online using the order form link on the page or by contacting the UW Extension Office of Communications and Technology at 307-766-2115.

Everything horses is topic of free UW Extension workshop

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Come with questions. Everything Horses! is a free workshop in UW Extension’s “Landowner Solutions” series. Photo: Shutterstock

Casual learning and conversation about horse nutrition, care and a new phone app for appraising horse health are on tap at a free workshop in Glenrock Nov. 28.

“Because the subject is everything horses, no horse subject is off limits,” said University of Wyoming Extension educator Scott Cotton. “We invite everyone to come with questions.”

“Everything Horses!” is at the Glenrock Community Library, 506 South 4th Street, Wed. Nov. 28 at 3 p.m.

The class is free but registration is requested to ensure class materials for every participant. For more information or to register, contact Cotton at 307-235-9400 or scotton1@uwyo.edu.

Free workshop demonstrates phone apps for range, weed monitoring

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Rangeland managers can learn to use GrassSnap, a mobile app for monitoring range conditions. Photo: Nebraska Extension

A hands-on workshop lets rangeland managers explore new tools to monitor range and pasture conditions. “Electronic Range and Weed Monitoring for this Generation” is a free UW Extension workshop in Glenrock Dec. 1 and Douglas Dec. 12.

In Glenrock, the event is at the Glenrock Community Library, 506 South 4th Street, Thurs. Dec. 1 at 4 p.m.

In Douglas, the event is at the Converse County Library, 300 E. Walnut Street Wed. Dec. 12 at 3 p.m.

The class is free but registration is requested to ensure class materials are available for each participant. Instructor Scott Cotton is a certified rangeland manager and UW Extension agriculture and horticulture educator across three states.

For more information or to register, contact Cotton at 307-235-9400 or scotton1@uwyo.edu.

Participants will use Web Soil Survey, a USDA-developed electronic range monitoring program that lets users capture scientific data. GrassSnap for photo monitoring helps producers get comparative landscape views year to year and simplifies downloading, storing, and saving notes. Both apps can be used on smart phone or tablet.

UW Extension bulletin explains soil moisture sensors for irrigation management

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Vivek Sharma examines a soil moisture sensor used in a Powell Research and Extension Center field.

A new University of Wyoming Extension publication focuses on different methods and techniques of soil moisture measurement and how producers and water managers can determine soil moisture.

“Methods and Techniques for Soil Moisture Monitoring,” B-1331, shows how effective irrigation management combined with more efficient irrigation systems and soil moisture monitoring can lead to more efficient water use and reduced energy costs.

Vivek Sharma, extension irrigation specialist, provides brief descriptions of each soil moisture monitoring method and how sensors operate in order to know which sensors are suitable in a particular production setting and operation. Sharma is an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences in the University of Wyoming and is based at the Powell Research and Extension Center.

The bulletin is available in pdf, HTML or ePub formats. To view or download the bulletin, go to www.uwyo.edu/uwe and click the Find a Publication link and type in the bulletin title or number.

Profits, trade subjects of Nov. 20 Beef Production Convention

Blockchain technology in agriculture, the new Wyoming beef trade agreement with Taiwan and livestock market update are topics at the 2018 Southeast Wyoming Beef Production Convention in Torrington Tues., Nov. 20 at the Goshen County Fairgrounds.

Registration is $20 or $15 for students and includes coffee and pastries, a locally made lunch, and a trade show. Doors open at 9 a.m. for registration and trade show. The program is 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For schedule and to register, go to bit.ly/2018WYObeefconv or call the Goshen County Extension office at 307-532-2436.

The program is hosted by University of Wyoming Extension and Wyoming Stock Growers Association with sponsorship from USDA Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) and the USDA Risk Management Agency.

Presentations on Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) provide livestock producers with an overview and rationale for seeking certification.

Other topics include why cow size matters for Wyoming range operations; strategies to meet changes in markets and spring precipitation; the Ag Legacy Estate Planning program; and new pests and weeds added to the Goshen County Noxious Weed List.