Friday, March 27, 2015

Barley Yellow Dwarf Epidemic

Our winter wheat and winter barley crops have broken dormancy very early - I’d say we are 3 - 4 weeks ahead of “average" and almost all of our spring wheat is planted.

About 3 weeks ago, we started having symptoms of BYD showing in winter cereal fields. Two times in the last two weeks I have taken a tour through the southern part of the state. In most areas, 85-95% of our winter wheat fields are showing 95-100% incidence. Some are severe, and growers are removing (spraying and plowing) some of these fields and replanting spring grain or dry beans. Growth stages are tillering to jointing.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Free Cereal Webinars Tomarrow Stating at 8 AM!

Please join us for these Grain Webinars tomorrow, March 25…

8:00 a.m. MDT on “Managing Wireworms in Cereal Crops” presented by Dr. Arash Rashed, UI Assistant Professor of Entomology, Aberdeen Research & Extension Center. Log onto:
Presented by the Idaho Wheat Commission

2:00 p.m. MDT on “Basics of Grain Basis” presented by Tim Jensen, Scoular Company, Ogden, UT

Presented by the Idaho Barley Commission

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Barley Yellow Dwarf Spreading in Southern Idaho

Barley Yellow Dwarf is widespread in winter planted cereals. It is being reported in winter barley, winter wheat, triticale, and in grasses along the roadside or field edges. I will be traveling the area from Burley to Buhl tomorrow (Tuesday) to get an estimate of damage and collect information on varieties, insecticide treatments, rates, planting dates, etc.

Please refer to the URL to see the CIS bulletin that was published last year:

Extensive damage may warrant crop destruction - depending on incidence and availability of water and nutrient management. I will send out a report as soon as possible with an update.



Monday, March 16, 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Cereal and Alfalfa Pest Management Workshop March 26th in Arco

The  University of Idaho Extension will be offering a great workshop on cereal and alfalfa pest management workshop on Thursday, March 26th, in Arco at the Arco-Butte Business Incubation Center at 159, North Idaho Street.  

We will be covering a number of pest management issues pertinent to high altitude forage and cereal operators.  We will also look as some issues that were a problem to some folks last year or may be important to operators related to conservation stewardship program.

Pest Management in Cereals and Alfalfa
(and a few other issues.)
Thursday, March 26th
Arco-Butte Business Incubation Center
159 North Idaho Street, Arco, Idaho
Cost: $15, includes lunch and all materials

4 Pesticide Re-certification Credits in time for March 30 renewal!

Please call 527-8587 or email if you are planning to attend.


Recertification Opportunity Presented by Environmental Care Assocation

The Environmental Care Association, Idaho Department of Agriculture and the Bonneville County extension Office are sponsoring a "Early Bird Education Day" on March 26th., which will include 4 units of pesticide re-certification credit.  The program will be held at the Extension Office in Idaho Falls at 2925 Rollandet.

7:30                      Registration
8:05                      East Idaho Turfgrass Weed control Update
9:00                      Understanding Mosquito Biology for Best Control Options
9:55                      Break
10:15                    Ornamental Pest Problems and Control Options
11:10                    Diagnosis and Control of Lawn Diseases
12:05                    Wrap up

Pre-registration by Friday March 20th for $30.  Any seats available on the day of the event will be $40 on a space available basis.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Outlook Seminars

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