Bonners Ferry Cereal School Presents Market Updates, Blackleg Survey Results & More

The 2018 North Idaho Cereal School in Bonners Ferry on January 24 included market updates from the Idaho Wheat and Barley Commissions, as well as presentations on wheat quality issues, field burning updates, an herbicide update, the status of blackleg on brassicas in Idaho, and an economic update. You can view these presentations at the links below. In addition, you may be interested in some of the resources listed below.

Wheat Research, Production and Marketing Issues Update
by Britany Hurst, Idaho Wheat Commission

Barley Research, Production and Marketing Issues Update
by Kelly Olson, Idaho Barley Commission

Cereal and Cool Season Pulse Variety Update; Managing Soil Acidity
by Kurt Schroeder, UI Cropping Systems Agronomist

2017 Canola Variety Trials and a Report on the Blackleg Epidemic
by Kurt Schroeder, UI Cropping Systems Agronomist

Grass and Broadleaf Weed Control in Wheat Cropping Systems:
Recent field studies of new herbicides/mixes
by Traci Rauch, UI Weed Science Program Research Scientist

Today’s Profitability Crisis in Dryland Grain Production
by Kate Painter, Extension Educator, Boundary County 

Marketing and Budgeting Resources


Cereal School in Bonners Ferry features updates on herbicides, variety trials, and blackleg

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This year’s North Idaho Cereal School in Bonners Ferry, ID, features industry leaders and university researchers bringing you the latest information on weed and disease control, pest issues, and variety trial results on Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 9am to 2pm at the Boundary County Extension Office,6447 Kootenai St., Bonners Ferry, ID. The Idaho wheat and barley commissions sponsor eight “cereal school” workshops across the state and provide lunch for participants. Pesticide recertification credits will be available as well. There is no cost for this workshop, but you need to call our office at 208-267-3235 or email to register for the event. For more information, or to register via mail, you can download the brochure here.


New Pasture Calendar is a Year-Round Management Guide

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Optimal management is described for forage producers throughout the year in this new guide for western Washington and western Oregon producers. You will find that this guide is quite relevant for North Idaho in many ways. It explains what your forages are doing at different periods of the year, and how you can positively or negatively affect forage quality and quantity.

This new bulletin describes how to manage each stage of forage production, from dormancy through regrowth and back to dormancy. Additional information is presented on pasture clipping, nitrates in forages, the nitrogen cycle, alternative forage crops, and endophyte toxins in forage. You will find a great deal of information in very usable graphic forms throughout this 55-page guide.

Cropping Systems Conference in Kennewick, WA, January 9-10, Focuses on Soil Health, Direct Seeding, and Healthy Food

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The annual Cropping Systems Conference at the Tri-Cities Conference Center in Kennewick, WA, is producer oriented, focusing on improving yields and your bottom line, using the latest research, technology, and techniques. This two-day conference on January 9 and 10 has an extensive trade show featuring the latest machinery and technology.  There are six keynote speakers and six educational tracks, featuring cover crops, precision ag, soil health, direct seeding, ag business, and consumer trends and marketing.  Early bird registration ends this Friday, Dec. 15, so you may want to check out this year’s schedule and speakers. For more information, go to

Growing Sustainable Small Farms in Idaho

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Helping a new generation of farmers take root is the goal of a University of Idaho Extension workshop series, “Starting Your Sustainable Small Farm in Idaho.”

The workshop series will begin with an introductory webinar Jan. 8 from 6-7 p.m. PST, three all-day in-class sessions, a wrap-up event and two farm tours.

The all-day sessions are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 13; Saturday, Feb. 3 and Saturday, March 3 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pacific Time at several locations including: Bonners Ferry, Caldwell, Cascade, Driggs, Moscow, Sandpoint, Kamiah and Weiser. The wrap-up event will be March 29. Following the day-long workshops, farm tours will be scheduled for local participants at each location.

“The workshop series will help those aspiring to operate small farms and ranches take a realistic look at their goals and resources.” said Iris Mayes, UI Extension Latah County small farms and horticulture educator in Moscow.

“The goal is that at each site we build this community,” she said. “That’s very different from just watching a webinar.”

Jan. 6 is the registration deadline for the workshop series. Students will learn about:

  • Assessing goals and resources
  • Evaluating crop and livestock options
  • Completing a whole-farm plan
  • Exploring farming and ranching systems
  • Consulting with experienced farmers

The course fee is $115 for one registrant, $35 for additional adult registrations and $5 for additional youth registrants. Some partial scholarships are available.

More information and registration instructions are available online at UI Extension faculty in Bonners Ferry, Caldwell, Cascade, Driggs, Moscow, Sandpoint, Kamiah and Weiser will organize local sessions.

A $506,122 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture expands on a 15-year effort by the UI Extension Small Farms Program that has enrolled nearly 600 students across Idaho in the Cultivating Success training program. For more information, call Kate Painter at 208-267-3235.

Pesticide Applicators Recertification Training on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 1:30-5pm

This training if  designed for pesticide applicators that are currently licensed and need to earn recertification credits. Topics include controlling pocket gophers and other rodents using integrated pest management techniques; organic pesticide options for small orchard growers, and environmental fate of pesticides. Three pesticide recertification credits are anticipated.

Please call Boundary County Extension at 208-267-3235 to pre-register. $5 charge at the door. Class will be held at the Boundary County Extension Office, 6447 Kootenai St., Bonners Ferry. The same course is also offered in Bonner County from 8:30 to noon at 4205 N. Boyer Ave. in Sandpoint.

North Idaho Forage School resources and presentations offered for all


For those who were unable to attend this year’s North Idaho Forage & Grazing School, presentations and resources are available below. Topics included integrated pest manangement methods for rodent control, hay tests and testing equipment, weed control, cost-share programs for pasture renovation, and economics of harvesting hay.


Integrated pest manangement methods for rodent control
Hay sampling and testing
Weed control strategies for pastures and hay fields
Calculating hay harvesting costs

Resource materials:

CIS0447 Northern Idaho Alfalfa Fertility Guide

CIS0851 N Idaho Fertility Guide for Pastures

CIS1178 Proper Coring

CIS1107 Sampling the Moisture Content of Alfalfa in the Windrow


PNW0627 Meadow Voles and Pocket Gophers: Management in Lawns, Gardens, and Cropland

PNW0614 Pasture and Grazing Management in the Pacific Northwest


BUL0802 Performance Legumes in Northern Idaho

BUL 798 Performance Grasses in Northern Idaho

BUL 901 Cover Crops for Grazing Use in Idaho

A3637 Identifying Pasture Grasses

Software for calculating hay harvesting costs: 
Program (Excel)


Grass Hay in Northern Idaho, Small Square Bales, bulletin and Excel spreadsheet

Alfalfa Hay in Northern Idaho, Small Square Bales, bulletin and Excel spreadsheet

North Idaho Forage School: Join us Monday, November 6, at the Boundary County Fairgrounds!


Please join us for the North Idaho Forage School on Monday, November 6, from 10am to 3pm at the Boundary County Fairgrounds Memorial Hall. University Extension Forage Specialists will present information on management of alfalfa and grass for optimal production plus updates on current issues and problems. There will be plenty of time for questions, so please bring your concerns. An economic update on hay and cattle production costs will be presented. Weed control and herbicide information will also be discussed. Pesticide recertification credits will be available. To register, call the Boundary County Extension office 208-267-3235.


Deadline for 2018 NRCS cost-share applications is Friday, October 13

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis year’s deadline for landowners to apply for cost-share programs through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is coming up! Our local NRCS staff are happy to provide a no-cost natural resources consultation for private landowners. Landowners often take advantages of cost share projects for timber, ag, and wildlife projects following these visits.

If you are interested, please contact Greg Becker @ 208-267-3340 ext.102 or Ken Roberts ext. 101 at the Bonners Ferry NRCS and Conservation District Field Office An application does not obligate the applicant to anything and can be cancelled at any time.


Lost Rivers Grazing Academy to be held September 12-15 in Salmon, ID


This 4-day, hands-on workshop for livestock producers and consultants teaches you how to increase profits, reduce costs, optimize forage production, and enhance your pasture ground. While primarily focusing on irrigated production, the lessons and principles learned can be applied to any ranch. The program is provided by current and emeritus members of the University of Idaho Extension, as well as our featured speaker, Jim Gerrish.  Jim, formerly with the Forage Systems Research Center of the University of Missouri is known the world over for his expertise in the management of temperate climate and irrigated pastures.  He has extensive experience as a pasture researcher, grazier, and international grazing consultant. He lives on a cattle ranch in eastern Idaho.

The workshop is limited to 20 participants who will attend classes, manage a small herd of cattle, and solve a variety of field problems in teams of 4-5.  Continental breakfast and snacks are available daily, as well as a catered lunch and supper, with after supper activities to reinforce principles taught during the day.

The Academy was first held in 1994 in the Lost River Valley, and has been held at least once annually for the last 14 years.  The program has won state and national awards for Extension programs and is has been recognized internationally.  It has been attended by agency personnel and livestock operators from all over the western US, as well as from eastern US, Canada, Mexico and South America.

(includes continental breakfasts, lunches, suppers, breaks, one set of materials per ranch or farm, plus evening presentations):
-Per Person $550
-Per Ranch or Farm team $550, plus $450 for each additional team member. (1 set of materials.)
Day Time: $175 for any day or part of day
Alumni: $350 (no materials)
Additional Materials: $125 per set

For More Information:

Scott Jensen at 208-896-4104 in Marsing
Chad Cheyney at 208-940-0222 or in Arco