Farmers and ranchers in five Wyoming counties in a series of videos describe innovative soil practices they say are cost-effective and help maintain profitability.
Producers in Big Horn, Fremont, Goshen, Hot Springs and Washakie counties are featured in the eight videos, “Soil Management on Wyoming Farms and Ranches,” available at bit.ly/wyomingsoils.
University of Wyoming Extension educator Caitlin Youngquist developed the videos of farmers and ranchers showing practices specific to Wyoming.
They offer a convenient reference for local practices that truly function in Wyoming, said Youngquist, who is based in Washakie County and serves northern Wyoming.
“It is a mini-field day idea,” she said. “You get to learn the kinds of things you would by sitting down with these producers and having coffee while asking questions or walking around the farm with them and hearing their stories of what they have tried.”
She said the idea was to answer the questions of what is possible in Wyoming – what people are doing in terms of innovative or interesting soil practices, soil fertility, tillage, cover crops and what people are experimenting with.
“Ag professionals can expand their knowledge because these videos explain current conditions and ways to improve production. Viewers can then spread these new strategies to other growers,” said Youngquist.
According to Youngquist, the UW Extension YouTube channel was created as an in-office field day for extension educators but is now growing into a platform available to all ag professionals, such as farmers and ranchers, agronomists, conservation district members, extension educators and other industry folks.
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education provided funding for the videos.
For more information, contact Youngquist at 307 347-3431 or email@example.com.
Source: University of Wyoming Extension