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UW Bulletin Highlights Agriculture Research Across Wyoming

June 30, 2017

The seventh annual Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (WAES) Field Days Bulletin features nearly 100 reports highlighting a vast array of research projects across the state, from crops and livestock to flowers and heirloom apples.

“Last year marked 125 years of WAES research service to the state, while this bulletin and the upcoming field days set the stage for the next 125 years,” says Bret Hess, WAES director and associate dean in the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Similar to past editions, the 2017 Field Days Bulletin documents the breadth of research supported by WAES and being conducted throughout Wyoming by UW faculty, staff and students, often in collaboration with others.”

Variety trials and studies involving traditional and alternative farm crops, rangelands, cattle and sheep are among the research projects covered in the publication. Other ag-related studies include irrigation practices, cover crops, fertilization and weed management, plant and livestock disease control, and rangeland restoration.

The bulletin also highlights vegetable, herb and fruit production, including studies involving high and low tunnels; annual, perennial and wildflower research; and the use of flowers to attract beneficial insects.

There also are summaries on studies relating to mountain pine bark beetles, the demand for locally produced honey, and the use of molecular techniques to identify heirloom and historic apple varieties in century-old Wyoming orchards.

The one- and two-page articles highlight completed and in-progress research projects within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; at the UW Research and Extension (R&E) centers near Laramie, Lingle, Powell and Sheridan; at the UW-owned Rogers Research Site in the Laramie Mountains; and at participating farms and ranches in Wyoming.

Some of the research will be featured at R&E center field days this summer: Friday, July 7, Sheridan; Thursday, July 13, Powell; Thursday, Aug. 24, James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture R&E Center (SAREC) near Lingle; and Saturday, Aug. 26, Laramie.

On the back page of this year’s bulletin are 12 photos from the inaugural “I Love Pistol & Pete” calendar, which showcases the team of Haflinger horses now famously known as Pistol and Pete. The duo pulled the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ sheep wagon at various events around the state in 2016, and they are once again entertaining folks this year.

“Pistol and Pete are being greeted with a high level of enthusiasm everywhere they appear,” Hess says.

Attendees of this year’s field days will receive the calendar as a gift from WAES, and a limited number of Field Days Bulletin hard copies also will be available at the events or by contacting one of the R&E centers listed below.

The 2017 WAES Field Days Bulletin (along with the 2011-16 publications) is posted on the WAES website at Click on the Publications link on the bottom of the page. Details about the four field days also are on the website.

Information for the four R&E centers is: Laramie, (307) 766-3665,; Powell, (307) 754-2223,; SAREC, (307) 837-2000,; and Sheridan, (307) 673-2856,

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