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Laramie Research and Extension Center hosts field day Aug. 28

Greenhouse operations manager Casey Seals conducts a tour during last year's field day.

Greenhouse operations manager Casey Seals conducts a tour during last year’s field day.

Vegetable and herb production, weed control and forage research are topics at the University of Wyoming’s Laramie Research and Extension Center field day Thursday, Aug. 28.

Activities are 4-7 p.m. at the Greenhouse Complex at the southwest corner of 30th Avenue and East Harney Street in Laramie. Dinner is provided.

Registration begins at 4 p.m., with Agricultural Experiment Station director Bret Hess and Frank Galey, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, offering remarks at 4:30 p.m.

Research presentations begin at 5 p.m. and dinner starts at 6:30. Tours of the greenhouse and the Agricultural Community Resources for Everyday Sustainability (ACRES) facilities follow. The student-run, 1.8-acre vegetable farm is community oriented and volunteer based.

For more information, call 307-766-3665 or email ldarnall@uwyo.edu.

The AES is in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In addition to other responsibilities, the AES also oversees research and extension centers near Lingle, Powell and Sheridan.

Bulletin details weed control in turf, ornamentals using integrated pest management

IPMA new bulletin offering integrated pest management weed control in turf and ornamentals in Wyoming is available for free download from the University of Wyoming Extension.
B-1257 explains the elements of landscape preparation then covers integrated pest management in landscapes around facilities. The bulletin is intended for commercial, residential and school locations.
“Elements of good site preparation enhance future weed control, and a basic understanding of site preparation provides the foundation for most effectively controlling weeds,” said John Connett, UW Extension integrated pest management specialist in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.
Other authors are Alexandre Latchininsky, extension entomologist, and Scott Schell, associate research scientist and assistant extension entomologist.
To download, go to http://www.uwyo.edu/ces and click Publications on the left-hand side of the page. Type B-1257 in the Search Publications field and follow the prompts. Hard copies are available for $15. Click on the bulletin title then on Request Copy.

Sheridan Research and Extension Center field day features horticulture, forage production, lawn and garden

 

Ernie and Reina Hamlet of Newcastle examine  grape vines in Sadanand Dhekney's laboratory at the Sheridan Research and Extension Center. His grape research is one of the tours during the field day.

Ernie and Reina Hamlet of Newcastle examine grapevines in Sadanand Dhekney’s laboratory at the Sheridan Research and Extension Center. His grape research is one of the tours during the field day.

Field trial tours starting in the morning near Wyarno then onto the University of Wyoming Watt Agriculture Center at Sheridan College for additional tours and lunch are part of the Sheridan Research and Extension Center field day Saturday, June 14.

Landscape, grape and berry production presentations are in addition to field tours at the college.

The split location format is the same as last year.

“Members of the Sheridan R&E Center Advisory Board encouraged us to keep the mid-June field day similar to last year’s,” said Bret Hess, associate dean for research in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and director of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station.

“We are excited to follow last year’s format and host the field day at two separate locations of the Sheridan R&E Center. The first half of the day will be devoted to field tours while the second half of the day will be a series of presentations.”

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. for the 9 a.m. field trial tours at the research and extension center near Wyarno, and registration starts at 10:30 a.m. for presentations, field trials and vineyard tours that begin at 11 a.m. at the UW Watt Agriculture Center on the college campus.

 Lunch is provided beginning at noon, and RSVPs for lunch are requested by Monday, June 9.

The schedule in addition to that above is:

 12:45-1 p.m. – Sheridan College ag program and partnership with the University of Wyoming, Ami Erickson, dean of Ag and Tech at Sheridan College

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UW scientists research herbicide resistance solution

Plant sciences Associate Professor Andrew Kniss

Plant sciences Associate Professor Andrew Kniss

University of Wyoming researchers will use kochia in a five-year study to help find a solution to weed-resistance to herbicides.

Department of Plant Sciences associate professor Andrew Kniss has received a National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant to analyze methods of weed control other than herbicide.

Experimental kochia populations will be seeded in fields without major infestations, and all sites will be sprinkler irrigated, said Kniss, in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The populations will have herbicide-resistant and susceptible strains at a known ratio. The fields will be exposed to varioustreatments including crop rotation and tillage. Soil samples collected eachfall will be used to record management practice data relative to kochia.

The sites are at research stations near Powell, Scottsbluff, Neb., and Huntley, Mont.  The sites represent three different regions significantly affected by the study’s weed-of-choice.

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In-depth presentations part of Laramie research center open house

Doug Zalesky

Doug Zalesky

In-depth presentations that highlight research projects at the University of Wyoming’s Laramie Research and Extension Center are part of the open house at its Greenhouse Complex Thursday, Aug. 29, in Laramie.

The new format is based upon suggestions from last year’s open house, said Doug Zalesky, LREC director.

“This gives us time for questions and gives the presenters more time to provide information withouttrying to hurry through their information,” he said.

The Greenhouse Complex is at the corner of North 30th and East Harney streets. Tours begin at 4 p.m. and dinner is at 5 p.m. Presentations are 6-7:30 p.m. and include weed control, native plants and revegetation, high tunnel production and wind and solar power options.

“I am excited to have extension energy coordinator Milt Geiger provide information on green energy options that can apply both to producers and to those with high tunnels or gardens,” said Zalesky. “ It is not possible to highlight all of the projects and activities that are ongoing at the greenhouse, so each year we try to highlight new ones.”

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