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Ask-a-scientist at UW research and extension field day near Lingle

Graduate student Cara Noseworthy discusses cheatgrass research at last year's field day at the james C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle.

Graduate student Cara Noseworthy discusses cheatgrass research at last year’s field day at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle.

Attendees can ask-a-scientist during the field day at the University of Wyoming research and extension (R&E) center near Lingle Thursday, Aug. 20.

The field day begins with registration and a welcome at 3 p.m. and ends with a 5:30 dinner, all at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center (SAREC) near Lingle.

“A recent report indicated people appreciate receiving information directly from a scientist because they are respected and a creditable source of information,” said Bret Hess, associate dean of research in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, which directs four R&E centers in the state.

Three SAREC research projects will be presented in-depth followed by three-minute summaries of research, then tours of plots and research poster presentations.

The schedule includes:

3:20 p.m. – Cheatgrass Restoration Challenge at SAREC; blue tongue disease study; Rogers Research Site activities

4 p.m. – Fastest three minutes: Wheat variety trial and wheat weather monitoring results; beneficial insects for alfalfa; pollinator plot work; cultural practices influencing dry bean harvest efficiency; planting date and residential herbicide effects on inter-seeded winter forage crops; research associate Jerry Nachtman retirement appreciation

4:30/4:45 p.m. – Plot stops: Pollinator plots and high tunnel research; grass-legume mixture for improved forage yield, forage quality, soil properties and economic return; beneficial insects for alfalfa; Goss’s wilt (causes systemic infection and wilting of corn plants, as well as severe leaf blighting)

Research poster presentations: Management of Rhizoctonia disease of sugar beets; winter wheat/cover crop/compost study; beneficial insects for alfalfa

The field days bulletin showing research at SAREC and the centers at Laramie, Powell and Sheridan is at http://bit.ly/2015agresearch.

UW Extension hosts preparing for animal, plant, food disasters course

Educator Scott Cotton

Educator Scott Cotton

Preparing for and responding to incidents involving animals, plants and food are the focus of a Department of Homeland Security certified course in Casper Wednesday, May 21.

University of Wyoming Extension is hosting “Preparing Communities for Animal, Plant, and Food Incidents: An Introduction” offered by the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Agricultural Resource and Learning Center, 2011 Fairgrounds Rd.

The focus is to train in-state instructors so the course can be duplicated across the state, said Scott Cotton, UW Extension educator coordinating the class. The UW Extension Disaster Education Team, Wyoming Homeland Security and NCBRT are sponsors.

The extent to which accidental, intentional and naturally occurring incidents can affect daily operations in the food and agricultureindustry is examined, Cotton said. Those attending will learn to recognize food industry threats and vulnerabilities.

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