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UW Bulletin Highlights Agriculture Research Across Wyoming

August 17, 2015

Traditional and alternative farm crops, cattle, sheep and swine are among research projects covered in the fifth annual Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (WAES) Field Days Bulletin.

The 2015 bulletin also highlights vegetable and herb production; irrigation practices; fertilization; weed control; and plant and livestock disease research.

“This bulletin contributes to our efforts to inform Wyoming citizens and others of the research being conducted at the four WAES research and extension centers by members of the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and by others who have received funding from WAES,” says Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (WAES) Director Bret Hess.

Approximately 90 brief articles summarize completed and in-progress research projects within the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the Research and Extension (R&E) centers near Laramie, Lingle, Powell and Sheridan, and at participating farms and ranches in Wyoming.

“The bulletin is not intended to be a comprehensive report of each experiment, so author contact information is provided with each article for those readers who wish to receive more in-depth information about a particular topic,” Hess says.

Some of the research was highlighted at WAES field days earlier this summer in Powell and Sheridan, and other studies will be discussed at two coming field days: Thursday, Aug. 20, at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center (SAREC) near Lingle, and Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Laramie R&E Center.

Ranchers will be interested in studies on feed efficiency, effect of dietary forage quality, cow size, effects of drought on cattle production, economic impacts of variable precipitation and forage grass/legume mixtures.

Articles also highlight dozens of studies on traditional and nontraditional crops including alfalfa, canola, dry beans, field mustard, grain corn and corn grown for silage, malting barley, proso millet, soybeans, sugarbeets, sunflowers, vegetable and winter peas and winter wheat.

Studies on controlling troublesome weeds including cheatgrass, Dalmatian toadflax, Geyer’s larkspur and the weedy annual kochia also are covered, as are diseases of livestock (among them brucellosis) and plants (rhizoctonia in sugarbeet and early blight in potato).

The 2015 WAES Field Days Bulletin (along with the 2011–14 publications) is posted on the WAES website at Click on the Publications link on the left side of the page.

A limited number of hard copies are available for free. Contact the state office for a copy (see information below).

Details about the field days at SAREC and in Laramie are on the WAES website.

For more information about WAES research, contact the state office at (307) 766-3667 or, or one of the four R&E centers. Telephone numbers are (all have a 307 prefix): Laramie, 766-3665; Powell, 754-2223; SAREC, 837-2000; and Sheridan, 673-2856.

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