Monday, August 31, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fuel Fire Future: 2015 Rangeland Fall Forum


An event from the University of Idaho Rangeland Center and partners.

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Rangeland Fall Forum

Mark your calendars for October 22, 2015 to attend the Rangeland Fall Forum. This year's event will take place near Twin Falls, Idaho.
Fires on sagebrush rangelands are an ever-increasing reality of living in Idaho and the West. Many factors, including invasive plants, drier hotter summers, and human activities, encourage wildfires that threaten both human communities and habitat for native plants and animals. Innovations and coordinated efforts in rangeland fire management are being implemented to combat these threats and mitigate damage. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

What Is the Best Hay Probe?

What is the best hay probe?  The answer is it depends on type of forage, dryness of forage, and operator.

The best source of information is the National Forage Testing Association web site.
http://foragetesting.org/

The standard probe everything else is compared to is the Penn State Probe.  It is the most versatile, useful in grass, alfalfa, and corn stalk bales. The Oakfield probe is similar.  Either can be operated with a brace or portable electric drill. Caution: when operating with an electric drill, the probe can get very hot and you can brand yourself.  That is also a sign that the sample got too hot and the resulting forage quality test may be biased, usually in higher fiber or heat-damaged protein.  These are single sample probes-they must be emptied after each probe. For dry alfalfa, I like the Star Quality Multi-sampler Probe.  It accumulates multiple samples into a plastic bag.  It is fast, relatively easy to use, and avoids having to keep a generator or battery powered drill working.  All samplers should be voided in the tube with the push rod after every use.
Penn State Probe
Contact: Nasco Corporation
Address: 4825 Stoddard Rd., Modesto, CA. 95356-9318
Phone: (800) 558-9595
Description: "DRILL TYPE" Stainless steel 1 1/8" diameter X 18" long. Available with 3/8" round shank adapter for use with electric or breast drill or square shank for use with hand brace. Replaceable cutting tip. Comes with dowel plunger to remove sample.

Oakfield Probe
Contact: Oakfield Apparatus, Inc.
Address: P.O. Box 65, Oakfield, WI 53065
Phone: (920) 583-4114
Website: http://www.soilsamplers.com/
Description: It is made of stainless steel with a replaceable serrated screw-on tip. The tube is 18" long and cuts a core of 0.75" in diameter. Cores are removed from an open area on the side of the tube between samplings. The Probe is available for use with an electric drill or hand brace. Extension adapters are available for deeper sampling.

Star Forage Probes
Contact: Star Quality Samplers
Address: 5719-114A Street, Edmonton, AB, Canada, T6H 3M8
Phone: (780) 434-3367
Website: www.starqualitysamplers.com
Description: "PUSH TYPE" Star Multi-Forage Sampler: Stainless steel 5/8" diameter probe barrel, 18" long. 3" or 4" diameter PVC canister is the handle used to push probe, with a plastic bag attachment. Star Uni-Forage Sampler: Stainless steel 1 1/8" diameter X 18" long. Spring clip fastens the handle to the sampler and core poured out. Star Standard Cutting Tip fits Uni-Forage Sampler and is a replacement for most wood brace samplers (eg. the Penn State sampler).


Glenn Shewmaker
Extension Forage Specialist

University of Idaho
Kimberly R&E Center
3806 N 3600 E
Kimberly, ID 83341-5706

Phone: 208-423-6678
http://www.extension.uidaho.edu/forage/
hat is the best hay probe?  The answer is it depends on type of forage, dryness of forage, and operator.
The best source of information is the National Forage Testing Association web site.

http://foragetesting.org/

The standard probe everything else is compared to is the Penn State Probe.  It is the most versatile, useful in grass, alfalfa, and corn stalk bales. The Oakfield probe is similar.  Either can be operated with a brace or portable electric drill. Caution: when operating with an electric drill, the probe can get very hot and you can brand yourself.  That is also a sign that the sample got too hot and the resulting forage quality test may be biased, usually in higher fiber or heat-damaged protein.  These are single sample probes-they must be emptied after each probe. For dry alfalfa, I like the Star Quality Multi-sampler Probe.  It accumulates multiple samples into a plastic bag.  It is fast, relatively easy to use, and avoids having to keep a generator or battery powered drill working.  All samplers should be voided in the tube with the push rod after every use.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Forage Kochia Can Facilitate Pasture Bloat

Barry Perryman, Professor at the University of Reno, recently received a report of cows dying of frothy bloat after spring grazing on rangeland containing large concentrations of forage kochia. The following information should be shared in order to reduce/prevent any further incidents:

Monday, August 10, 2015

Lost Rivers Grazing Academy Offered in Salmon Idaho September 15-18

September 15-18, Eagle Valley Ranch, Salmon, Idaho
 The Lost Rivers Grazing Academy is a 4-day hands-on workshop for livestock operators and their advisers and consults that want to harvest and sell more of the sun’s energy through grazing of primarily irrigated pastures.
The Academy was first held in 1994 in the Lost River Valley, and has been held at least once annually for the last 13 years.  The program has won state and national awards for Extension programs and is has been recognized internationally.  It has been attended by agency personnel and livestock operators from all over the western US, as well as from eastern US, Canada, Mexico and South America.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Don’t miss the final series of 2015 Cereal Field Days…

Tuesday, July 21- Soda Springs Cereal Field Day
4:00 pm – Variety Trial plots at Sid Cellan’s farm at 3 Mile Knoll Rd 3 miles north of Hooper/Gov’t dam road intersection. After going north past Monsanto, take a right at the substation and the plots are approx. 3⁄4 mile on the left (west). 
Winter plot tour will follow at 2500 Sorenson Road, west of Gov’t Dam Road.  Dinner to follow at Hooper Springs Park, sponsored by Caribou County Grain Growers

Wednesday, July 22 – Direct Seed Field Day at Gordan Gallup’s farm at 1922 Swan Valley Highway, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, with lunch
Sponsored by the Idaho Wheat Commission and University of Idaho
Dr. Juliet Marshall, UI Cereal Agronomy/Pathology Specialist will present an overview of recent research on production systems, including cover crops, and wheat varieties for dry land grain.  Information on disease and fertility also will be covered.

Thursday, July 30 – Ashton Cereal Field Day at Alan Baum’s farm, ¼ mile north of Hwy 47 on 3875 East, Ashton, 10:00 am to noon, with lunch to follow.

For more information on these events, contact Dr. Juliet Marshall, 208.529.8376,jmarshall@uidaho.edu

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 


FREE DRAWING – ATTEND TO WIN:
*Sponsor Lansing Trade Group LLC will be raffling off a free rifle to one lucky attendee – no cost to enter.

AGENDA:
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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