UW plans cheatgrass management research field day

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Extension invasive plant specialist Dan Tekiela during a recent plant identification walk in the Sierra Madres.

            Using bioherbicides and the herbicide Esplanade for cheatgrass control are among topics at the Cheatgrass Management and Research Field Day Wednesday, July 11, through the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The program is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Tom Thorne/Beth Williams Habitat Management Area, said Dan Tekiela, UW Extension invasive plant ecology specialist.

“We will be looking at some of the newest technologies in cheatgrass management,” said Tekiela, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences. “These tools may be something ranchers could be interested in utilizing in their own practices.”

Tekiela has been working with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to find alternative ways to manage an area heavily infested with cheatgrass.

Previous attempts have failed, said Tekiela.

“We have multiple trials looking at multiple herbicide options,” he said.

Other topics include using drones in vegetation monitoring with a demonstration and cheatgrass effects on soil moisture. Lunch is provided.

The management area access is off Highway 34 in Sybille Canyon about 24 miles from U.S. 30 or 26 miles from Interstate 25.

Registration at http://bit.ly/2018cheatgrass is requested by July 1. Contact Tekiela at drtekiela@gmail.com for more information.

Sublette County Weed and Pest hosts cheatgrass update

Field of cheatgrassResource experts from Sublette County Weed and Pest and the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University are speakers at the cheatgrass education and research update in Pinedale Tuesday, April 3.

The free session is 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the district’s office at 12 S. Bench Rd., said Glenn Owings, UW Extension educator.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about local cheatgrass control efforts and emerging research, he said.

Speakers are:

* Julie Kraft, Sublette County Weed and Pest

* Clay Wood, University of Wyoming

* Dan Tekiela, UW Extension

* Shannon Clark, Colorado State University

Lunch is free for those who RSVP by March 29, but no RSVP is required if not attending lunch. RSVP to  Owings atgowings@uwyo.edu or call 307-367-4380.