Agricultural educators equipped with the latest research share ways to improve the sustainability of Wyoming livestock and crop enterprises and work with you on your horticultural and rural living issues. Areas of focus include:
- Intensive training programs such as Wyoming Master Cattleman, High Plains Ranch Practicum, and Master Gardener
- On-line learning programs addressing agricultural risk, enterprise feasibility, and strategic planning
- Issues important to rural living landowners
Grass-Legume System Benefits
Adopting grass-legume systems instead of only legumes or only grasses can improve overall productivity and profitability, according to research published in a new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Extension.
Grass-Legume Mixtures Can Improve Soil Health, B-1328, explains the increases are through production cost reductions and improving long-term soil health by boosting soil properties and microbial activities.
The findings are from a 2010-2014 field study at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle.
The free bulletin is available for viewing or downloading by going to www.uwyo.edu/uwe and clicking on the Find a Publication link. Type in the bulletin title or number. The bulletin is available in pdf, HTML or ePub formats.
Lawn and Garden
Consumer horticulture issues can be handled through county University of Wyoming Extension offices. Each county office has horticultural reference information on hand ranging from fact sheets to on-site problem diagnostics (services vary by county). Each county office can also assist in sending soil, plant, insect, and disease samples to appropriate laboratories on the University of Wyoming campus for testing and diagnostics. There are usually fees and forms associated with these services. Consumer horticulture issues can also be handled by Master Gardeners in some counties.
The University of Wyoming Extension horticulture program offers an array of fact sheets, some of which are available on the UW Extension web site. Here are links to several that are currently available:
The green industries in Wyoming are healthy, varied, and thriving. Within the “green industries” umbrella are such businesses as garden centers, nurseries, sod producers, landscape contractors, greenhouses, tree and lawn care companies, and many others. Collectively, these businesses contribute almost $100 million annually to the Wyoming economy.
The University of Wyoming horticulture extension program can assist green industry businesses in many ways including:
- Cultural information
- Problem solving
- Pest management strategies
- Diagnostic services
- Educational opportunities