Monday, April 27, 2015

Barely Yellow Dwarf Update for 2015

from  Dr. Juliet Marshal
Barley yellow dwarf symptoms are now appearing in additional areas in eastern Idaho (Hamer, Idaho Falls, Shelly, Blackfoot, Pocatello Valley, Soda Springs, Preston, Northern Utah) in winter wheat and winter barley (although there is less winter barley in these areas). As fields in southern and western Idaho start to develop flag leaves and initiate heading, you may see a reappearance of symptoms in the flag leaves. (See the picture of Stephens just prior to heading in the CIS 1210 at: ).

The symptoms do not seem to be as severe or extensive in eastern Idaho, but we are keeping an eye on the situation, especially due to the complications of cold weather and snow causing tips burn and freeze damage. Also being seen is leaf purpling that may be phosphorus deficiency.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Gophers in the Garden: Those Mountains in Your Garden Are NOT Mole Hills

Charles Cheyney
Extension Educator, Butte County

In the spring and early summer, we often get calls about "moles" in peoples' lawns, gardens, and alfalfa fields.  This identification is based on the large number of mounds created.  Not withstanding personal preference for naming critters, these crescent shaped eruptions of mulched up dirt are probably NOT mole hills, and they are not the burrows of ground squirrels.  They are mounds formed by pocket gophers, Mother Nature's fabulous subterranean engineers.  If you see the animals making the mounds often, they are probably ground squirrels, or if the volcanoes are circular with irregular lumps, you probably really do have moles.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Nevada Cattlemen Seeking Executive Director

Nevada Cattlemen's Association
Executive Director Position

The Nevada Cattlemen’s Association (NCA) is currently accepting applications for the position of Executive Director for their dues-based membership organization.  Candidates should be self-starters, motivated with knowledge, interest and background in the livestock industry.  Candidates should be advanced planners proficient with computers and must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Important aspects of the job include: budget development, event planning, membership recruitment, monthly publications, website maintenance, manage a two employee office, liaison between other associations, state and federal agencies, policy development and membership support.  The position requires extensive travel in and out of state.  The successful candidate should have strong interpersonal skills and be able to represent NCA at the local, state, and national levels. The salaried position is based in Elko with pay commensurate with experience and skill level. NCA is a not-for-profit organization that works to protect the future of ranching in the state of Nevada with a mission to promote, preserve and protect a dynamic and profitable Nevada beef industry. 

Start date: as soon as possible. Applications should be sent to or P.O. Box 310, Elko, Nevada 89803. For additional information contact the NCA president Ron Torell at 775-385-7665 or NCA president elect Dave Stix Jr. 775-741-7849.  Deadline for applications is June 1, 2015. Please visit our web page for an overview of our association.  

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