Hundreds of weeds identified in free ‘Weeds of the West’ e-pub

Weeds of the West
Weeds of the West

Pigweed, dogbane and horsetail are among plants featured in the free downloadable “Weeds of the West,” a guide to more than 350 species found around the home, farm and ranch.

The guide, available as a pdf or ePub at bit.ly/weedswest, aids in identifying species that compete with native plants, horticultural and agricultural crops or are toxic to livestock and people.

Entries include descriptions, habitats and characteristics for weeds growing in all western states, including Hawaii. More than 1,000 photographs show early growth stages and mature plants, plus important features for identification.

Abundance and ability to reproduce, compete and spread rapidly often characterize weeds. According to the editors, the “weed” label does not mean a plant is always undesirable or cannot be beneficial under certain circumstances.

They give as examples species undesirable on grasslands for livestock as being valuable wildlife forage or habitat elsewhere. Some species poisonous to livestock are valued as ornamentals, and some nearly universally unappreciated weeds may help reduce soil erosion on disturbed sites. Continue reading Hundreds of weeds identified in free ‘Weeds of the West’ e-pub

High tunnel, weed control information part of UW research center field day

Research will include high tunnel production results by extension horticulturist Karen Panter.
Research will include high tunnel production results by extension horticulturist Karen Panter.

High tunnel vegetable production and weed control and gardening in Laramie are research highlights during the University of Wyoming Laramie Research and Extension Center field day Thursday, Aug. 27.

The field day is at the Greenhouse Complex at the southwest corner of 30th and Harney streets in Laramie.

Registration begins at 4 p.m. with opening remarks at 4:30. UW Extension horticulture specialist Karen Panter will provide high tunnel production information, former extension weed specialist Brian Mealor and UW weed scientist Andrew Kniss will discuss weed control, and state Master Gardener coordinator Chris Hilgert will talk about gardening in Laramie.

A meal prepared and served by the UW Food Science Club begins at 7 p.m.

Predator, soil health panels highlight WESTI Ag Days in Worland

UW Extension educators Donna Hoffman, left, and Hannah Swanbom at last year's WESTI Ag Days.
UW Extension educators Donna Hoffman, left, and Hannah Swanbom at last year’s WESTI Ag Days.

More than 30 sessions including panel discussions about predators and soil are part of WESTI Ag Days Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 3-4, in Worland.

WESTI (Wyoming Extension’s Strategically and Technologically Informative) Ag Days registration begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday with sessions beginning 9 a.m. both days at the Worland Community Center, said Caitlin Price Youngquist, University of Wyoming Extension educator. The schedule and more information is at http://bit.ly/2015westi.

Representatives from the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station want to know what unique problems face Wyoming producers and how to address them. A listening session is 1-2:15 p.m. Tuesday. The session is part of a statewide effort to connect directly with producers, noted Youngquist. The AES has four research and extension centers across the state that feature crop and livestock research.

The special panel discussions are 1-2:15 p.m. Wednesday. “Soil Health and Wyoming Farmers” is hosted by extension soil specialist Jay Norton with producers Vance Lungren Jr. of Worland, Greg Schlemmer of Joliet, Mont., and Peter Kukowski of Powell.

“Large Predators and Wyoming Ranchers” is hosted by extension educator Tara Kuipers with Mark McCartey of the Two Dot Ranch of Cody, Sublette County rancher Charles Price, Mike Jimenez of U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and Dan Thompson of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Other sessions over the two days address weeds and insects, livestock disease, agricultural finances, water, taxes and ownership transition.

Natrona County extension office offers landowner solution seminars

Pastures are a topic of the landowner solution sessions.
Pastures are a topic of the landowner solution sessions.

Landowner solutions to issues including feeding horses and fences and water are addressed at free monthly seminars in Casper and Glenrock.

University of Wyoming Extension is offering the sessions from this month through May, said Scott Cotton, UW Extension educator. All sessions begin at 6 p.m. and are at the Agricultural Resource and Learning Center, 2011 Fairgrounds Rd., in Casper, and the Glenrock Community Center, 412 S. 4th St.

Topic, dates and locations are:

Feeding horses – Thursday, Jan. 22, Glenrock; Tuesday, Jan. 27, Casper

Pets and predators – Tuesday, Feb. 24, Casper; Thursday, Feb. 26, Glenrock

Weed ready – Tuesday, March 24, Casper; Thursday, March 26, Glenrock

Fences and water – Tuesday, April 21, Casper; Thursday, April 23, Glenrock

Know your pasture – Tuesday, May 26, Casper, Thursday, May 28, Glenrock

Pre-registration is requested (needed for materials). To register or for more information, contact the Natrona County extension office at 307-235-9400.

UW Extension Master Gardeners host brown bag seminars in Powell

University of Wyoming Extension Master Gardeners are sponsoring a series of brown bag seminars at the Powell Library Jan. 14 to March 11.

Sessions are every Wednesday except in February and are noon to 12:50 p.m. Topics are:

* Jan. 14 – Overview of Septic Systems, Ann Trosper, Powell-Clarks Fork Conservation District

* Jan. 21 – Got Weeds? We Can Help, Mary McKinney, assistant supervisor, Park County Weed and Pest Control District

* Jan. 28 – Joy of Succulents, Joyce Johnston, Park County extension horticulturist

* Feb. 4 – Fauna and Flora of the South Fork of Long Island, Dan Wasp, Park County extension Master Gardener

* Feb. 25 – Nature in Your Garden, Wasp

* March 4 – Ornamental Garden Discussion, Stephanie Rose, a recipient of the 2014 Habitat Hero award by Audubon of the Rockies (http://gardenz.biz/blog/tag/colorado/)

* March 11 – Perfect Potatoes in Powell, Mary Vogel, Park County extension Master Gardener

For more information, contact UW Extension educator Jeremiah Vardiman in Powell at 307-754-8836 or jvardima@uwyo.edu