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Jun 232015

Odberg's controllers

A tour of three North Idaho farms features precision agriculture in action and a lunch BBQ at Blair Farms in Kendrick, Idaho. Join University of Idaho Extension and REgional Approaches to Climate CHange (REACCH) project scientists on Wednesday, July 8. Registration takes place from 7-7:30 AM at the Kambitsch Farm. Tour busses leave at 8am and return at 4pm. Please RSVP by Monday July 6 to Kristy Borrelli, 208.885.1220, Topics will include variable rate nitrogen application, yield maps, remote sensing, and variable rate liming. For more information, download the flyer.


Jun 092015

Moths of the Wheat Head Armyworm complex are showing up early this year and in high numbers, according to an integrated monitoring system for insect populations in wheat across eastern Washington conducted at Washington State University. The red cells in the table indicate potential hot spots. In previous years we have not found larvae in fields where the adult count averaged 30 moths. The pheromone draws the moths in from a wide area, so it is a sensitive test. Farmers and crop consultants should start checking fields for larvae by the end of this week (June 12), as they hatch 10 days after moths lay eggs. The Lincoln County, WA, area near Reardan, Davenport, and Edwall appears to be a hot spot. For more information, go to

The small grains team at Washington State University will be conducting weekly sampling of insect pest populations in wheat and barley fields throughout the dryland region of Washington State in order to alert the small grains industry about the size and location of damaging insect pest populations. The pests include Hessian fly, Aphids, Cereal Leaf Beetle (CLB), Grasshoppers and Wheat Head Armyworm. Next week results from pheromone trapping of wheat midge will be posted.

Apr 212015










Downy brome, commonly known as cheatgrass, can drastically reduce winter wheat yields. Learn integrated methods of managing this common pest in a new PNW publication, available for download here. Management techniques include preventing the weed from infesting new areas, growing a competitive crop, and keeping weeds off balance by changing management practices. Crop rotation is one of the best methods of reducing cheatgrass infestations, as it has a relatively short lifespan in the soil (2-3 years), such as two or more years of spring-planted crops, with or without fallow.

Apr 172015

angus cowsLearn about grazing management from experienced and informed ranchers and researchers on May 6, 2015 at a spring grazing conference to be held at the Washington Family Ranch near Antelope, Oregon.   The conference will be followed by two concurrent one-day workshops on May 7, 2015: Monitoring Grasslands and Holistic Planned Grazing.   This two-day program is being co-sponsored by Washington Family Ranch (WFR), Country Natural Beef (CNB) and the Pacific Northwest Center for Holistic Management (PNCHM).   In addition to grazing livestock, the Washington Family Ranch, formerly known as the Big Muddy Ranch, has become a Young Life camping resort and event center. The ranch has modern facilities that accommodate many gatherings in a beautiful rural atmosphere. It is a wonderful place to get away from regular activities and focus on learning and exchanging ideas. For more information, follow this link.

Dr. Richard Teague of Texas A & M is the keynote speaker for the conference. The focus of Teague’s research is identifying management practices that regenerate grasslands and sustain the people depending on the land. His work is unique because it encompasses whole ranch units. His studies show higher profits, healthier ecosystems and more resilient rural communities from multi-paddock grazing compared to continuous grazing. Teague will speak on the benefits of holistic planned grazing and other types of multi-paddock grazing when compared to traditional grazing practices.

Registration for the conference and workshops begins immediately. The first 30 people to register will get one free night’s stay with meals if requested. Register online at . The cost for the grazing conference on May 6 is $99 per person. The cost for attending one of the workshops on May 7 is $99 per person. Lunch is included both days. The cost for lodging and meals at the ranch is $70.00 per person per night.   Who should attend? Ranchers, landowners, agency representatives, consultants and those who want to improve their grazing management skills and learn more about restoring grasslands. Questions? Call (360) 220-5103, or (509) 629-1671.

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As of April 2, blackleg has been confirmed in 10 of 11 winter canola fields from Moscow to Grangeville, ID.  Infestations have ranged from 1% of the plants to 30-40% of the plants. It was also found in residue of a 2014 spring canola field on the southern Winona Butte east of Greencreek, Idaho. If you have any live canola or other Brassicas, winterkilled canola residue, live cover crops or cover crop residue, 2014 spring Brassica residues (e.g. canola, mustard, camelina), or even Brassica weed species in or near fields, take a few minutes to get a close up look at the leaves and stems for any sign of blackleg. As mentioned previously, the best defense is buying certified blackleg-free seed, selecting blackleg resistant varieties, crop rotation, and making sure there is seed treatment applied. Fungicide spray programs are going to be very important for keeping the disease in check as the crops bolt/flower this spring.  Other information:

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Feb 112015

Bul892FrontOne in 7 jobs in Idaho is generated by agribusiness in 2012, totaling 20% of Idaho’s total economic output with $25.1 billion in sales. This small format booklet written by Phil Watson, an Associate Professor in the department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology and Steven Turi, a graduate research assistant, is full of graphs and photos describing the impact of agriculture and agribusiness in Idaho. Idaho ranked first in potato production in 2012, producing 31% of the nation’s potatoes. It is also number one in food size trout production. Idaho ranks second for production of barley, sugarbeets, and Austrian winter peas and third in milk, hop, mint, prune, and plum production. Total cash receipts from livestock was $4 billion in 2012, while cash receipts from crop production was $3.6 billion. For more information, download Bulletin 892.

Jan 272015

Sacks of Idaho potatoes

Three new reports on potato costs and returns  by UI Extension Economist Paul Patterson are now available:

AEES 1403: 2014 Cost of Potato Production for Idaho With Comparisons to 2013

AEES 1501: 2014 Idaho Potato Cost of Production: 2003 – 2014 and Five-Year Trend

AEES 1502: 2014 Cost of Potato Production Study for Colorado, Idaho, Washington and Wisconsin

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Jan 192015

Were you unable to attend any workshops on the details of the 2014 Farm Bill? The following links will allow you view webinars and presentations on the following topics:

ARC/PLS Overview Webinar:

ARC/PLS Overview Presentation (pdf):
ARC-PLC Overview

Estimation Tool Overview:

Decision Tool Overview:


Oct 222014








Critical deadlines for crop producers and decision aid tools to help growers analyze the alternatives in the 2014 Farm Bill can be found here. Crop producers will need to choose between the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC). In addition, ARC can be based on production in your county or it can be based on the individual’s production history.

We have a list of resources and links for more information on the Dairy Margin Protection Program as well as new livestock policies posted here. The 2014 Farm Bill provides support to dairy producers through two new programs and to livestock operations through disaster assistance programs. New decision tools and guides as well as other useful links for dairy and livestock producers related to the 2014 Farm Bill are described.