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2006 Report to the Sheridan R&E Center Advisory Board
As identified in the enclosed document titled "Description of Our Program and Services," acres enrolled in the program were very close to the highest total acres ever, which was recorded in the 2000 season. Dry bean acres were the standout, with a record high of 10,319 acres. Alfalfa seed acres increased, and other crops increased slightly or were basically the same with the exception of barley, which was down about 700 acres. The dry bean acres were double the 2004 acres, and came with little warning, resulting in staffing challenges. Location of the acres remains strongly in the Big Horn and Wind River basins, with about 10% of the acres occurring outside those areas.
Sheridan R&E Center staff assist in the planting and maintenance of the Dry Bean Disease Training Nursery, planted at the Padlock Ranch. The R&E Center also provides classroom space for presentations that are part of those training sessions. Beans inoculated with important seed born diseases are planted and used for hands-on training of WSCS inspectors, and are critical to the success of the Wyoming seed bean industry.
Income from the sale of Foundation ‘Buckskin' winter wheat is split 50/50 with the Sheridan R&E Center, where the seed is produced and cleaned. Byron Nelson also typically delivers the seed, with reimbursement for expenses from the Foundation Seed account. Sheridan R&E Center revenue from Foundation seed sales for the 12 months ending December 31, 2005 equals $100.50. An accounting error resulted in $75.00 that should have been included in the $100.50 being included in the Sheridan R&E Center revenue for 2006.
I would like to thank the Sheridan R&E Center, and especially recognize Byron Nelson, for the cooperation and assistance they provide with the bean disease training and Foundation seed production and distribution.