Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cowboy's School: Bull Management October 29th

The University of Idaho Extension is offering a 4 1/2 hour workshop at the Nancy M. Cummings Research Extension and Education Center on October 29th, covering bull management.  The program will begin at 12:00 noon and be completed by 4:30 PM.  Please RSVP to the Lemhi county  Extension Office by October 24th at shannonw@uidaho.edu or 208-756-2813 ext 283.

The program will cover bull health care and nutrition in relation to fertility; EPD's, value of DNA and bull selection. bull libido, fertility and semen evaluation, physical and structural traits of bulls, trich testing-PCR vs visual, and more!


University Bred Heifer Sale October 21

The University of Idaho, Nancy M. Cummings Research Extension and Education Center in Salmon, Idaho is offering 48 spring bred Angus or Sim-Angus heifers for sale on October 21st at the Nancy M. Cummings Research and Extension Center at 16 Hots Springs Ranch Road, approximately 7 miles north of Salmon Idaho.  The heifers may be inspected on Oct 21st at 2 pm and the sale will begin at 4 pm.  For more information, contact John Hall 208-993-1222 or Wayne  Smith 308-641-7616

American Pastured Poultry Producers Association Scholarship

The American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) is now accepting applications for its annual $500 scholarship/gift. The scholarship will be awarded to an individual, farm, or organization that can demonstrate an educational need directly related to pastured poultry. Full details can be found here.

Application deadline is Oct. 15, and may have been extended to the 31st.

Learn more about pasture poultry at the Pasture Poultry Foundation

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pesticide Disposal Program

If you wanted to take advantage of the Idaho Department of Agriculture's pesticide disposal program in Eastern Idaho, you have "missed the boat".  But there are still four opportunities to get rid of unwanted pesticides in a safe way.

Burley              September 29th  BLM Burley Field Office,    3630 Overland
Twin Falls        September 30th  Twin Falls Canal Company, 357 6th Avenue
Gooding           October 1          Gooding Airport,                 1945 Airport Road

Collections are 9 AM to 1 PM each day.

Please check with the local ISDA field office or the state office at 208-332-8628 to confirm the pickup or for additional information.  You can also find out more about the program at www.agri.idaho.gov.

Range Monitoring Workshop September 18th

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The agenda is approximately as follows:
9:00     Welcome, introductions, pre-test
9:15     Intro to Range Monitoring (classroom presentation with terms, methods)
10:15   Break
10:30   Travel to field sites and field exercises (please carpool)
12:30   Lunch (guaranteed to RSVP’ed participants)
1:30     Travel back to classroom 
2:30     Classroom time for photo critiques and carrying capacity calculations
3:30     Post test, Evaluations

4:00     Adjourn

Clover Root Curculio Is an Increasing Reason for Stand Loss in Alfalfa

Clover root curculio is being identified more often in the Pacific Northwest as a cause of early stand loss and reduced vigor in alfalfa stands.  These insects are related to alfalfa weevil, but attack the plant in a different way.  Now Erik Wenniger and Glenn Shewmaker have put together a publication describing the pest.

"Clover Root Curculio in Alfalfa: Identification, biology and management" is now available as PNW663.  The publication described the insect, damage and suggested practices for control.  It is available only on line at http://www.cals.uidaho.edu/edComm/pdf/PNW/PNW663.pdf .

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Rain Damaged Grain May Offer Feeding Opportunity for Beef Producers

John B. Hall, Ph.D., PAS
Extension Beef Specialist, University of Idaho

August rains may have helped out range and pastures, but they left
behind damaged hay and grain fields. Barley that sprouted in the head and rain damaged wheat may be an opportunity for feeding beef cattle. This may partially offset losses that grain growers have incurred. Even grain that has low levels of mold and mycotoxin may be fed to beef cattle without any negative effects. However, beef producers and nutritionist need to know the mycotoxin content of feeds before purchase.
Performance of cattle fed damaged cereal grains
Several university studies have demonstrated that cattle perform well on rain damaged grains. In general, performance is not compromised when sprouted grains are incorporated into the diet on a dry weight basis (Tables 1, 2 & 4).