Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Cereal Field Days at Aberdeen July 15 and Soda Springs July 21st

University of Idaho – Limagrain Cereal Seeds Field Day
July 15, 2015, Aberdeen, Idaho
Dr. Jianli Chen · 208-240-0277 · jchen@uidaho.edu
Dr. Juliet Marshall · 208-390-4859 · jmarshall@uidaho.edu 

*Sponsor Lansing Trade Group LLC will be raffling off a free rifle to one lucky attendee – no cost to enter.

8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:10 Introduction
9:10 – 9:20 Travel to field 522

9:20 – 9:50 Winter wheat and barley variety trials, Dr. Marshall et al.

Soda Springs Field Day July 21st

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Managing Nitrogen with Reference Strips

The University of Idaho Extension has recently released a new bulletin on managing nitrogen with reference strips and crop sensors.  The bulletin can be viewed and downloaded at no charge at  http://www.cals.uidaho.edu/edComm/pdf/BUL/BUL896.pdf.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Livestock Insurance Programs Available in the Pacific Northwest

Release No.: RMA-15-098
Jo Lynne Seufer (509) 228-6320

Livestock Insurance Programs Available in the Pacific Northwest
Livestock Producers Need to Make Coverage Decisions Starting July 1

SPOKANE, Wash., June 24, 2015 — The USDA Risk Management Agency’s (RMA) Spokane Regional Office reminds livestock producers in the Pacific Northwest of upcoming important dates for federal livestock risk management programs available in all counties in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

The Livestock Risk Protection (LRP) program for fed cattle, feeder cattle, and swine and the Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) program for swine begin sales for the 2016 crop year on July 1, 2015. Sales will continue through June 30, 2016, or until the maximum underwriting capacity is reached. Livestock producers are encouraged to review their insurance coverage and talk to their livestock insurance agents before renewing or buying a policy.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Comment Period Extended to July 29
EPA Plans Public Webinar on its Proposal to Protect Bees from Acutely Toxic Pesticides

   The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public webinar on June 23 at noon Pacific time to provide background information and additional details about its proposal to prohibit the use of all acutely toxic contact pesticides when crops are in bloom and bees are present under contract for pollination services.  

     The EPA has already held a webinar for states and tribes, which are encouraged to develop managed-pollinator protection plans and best management practices.

     And in response to requests from the Western IPM Center and others, EPA has also extended the deadline to submit comments about the plan for 30 days and will now accept comments until July 29.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Photo Monitoring Workshops for Rancher in Lost River Valley June 23 and 24th

The University of Idaho Extension will be offering photo monitoring workshops in Leadore June 10th, Challis June 22nd, Mackay on June 23 and Arco on June 24th.  The workshops will be lead by Amanda Gearhart, the University of Idaho Extension Range Specialist.  The workshops include classroom and hands-on field components. Lunch is being sponsored by the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission.  Those completing the workshop may take advantage of the memorandum of understanding between the Idaho Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Land Management, to have photo monitoring of existing BLM monitoring sites performed by permittees and entered into the permit records for future use in official evaluation.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Agricultural AUV Demonstration in Idaho Falls May 21

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Drones or UAV's are the latest in agricultural technology.  New developments in batteries have made it possible to build small "drones" that can carry sophisticated technology, which can lead to indepth agricultural analysis.  Empire is the first businesses that is licensed to use UAV's for commercial purposes, which includes sophisticated software, that can provide maps in as little as 48 hours.  Learn more about this technology in Idaho Falls on May 21.  Email tcolesfarm@gmail.com.

Master Gardener 2015 Regional Convention June 25-26, 2015

The 2015 Master Gardener Convention will take place on the BYU-Idaho Campus at the Thomas E. Ricks Gardens at 525 South Center Street in Rexburg on June 25th and 26th.  The program is sponsored by the University of Idaho Extension.   The program is open to master gardeners, students and to the public. Pre-registration is requested.

Thursday, June 25th will kick off with a keynote presentation by Dr. Stephen Love, "Where Wildflowers and Roads Meet".  The presentation will be located in the Benson Building in Room #219 on th eBYU-Idaho Campus.  It will begin at 6 :00 PM.

The Convention Will continue on Friday, June 26th with classes and tours.  Registration and check in will be from 8:00 AM to 8:40 AM on the East side of the Benson Building.  Look for signs pointing the way.