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Making Jerky at Home Safely > PDF
Jerky is a nutritious, nonperishable, and lightweight protein source, but making it requires a lot of care. If done incorrectly, you can poison yourself or others. This publication shows you how to ma . . . . . more details

Potential of Silicon Amendment for Improved Wheat Production > HTML
Balanced mineral nutrition is essential to grow wheat successfully. Silicon (which helps to form silicate minerals) is the second most plentiful element on Earth, but its effect on plant growth and de . . . . . more details

Different Treatment Options for Russian Olive > HTML
Russian olive is a thorny, small, and highly invasive tree that thrives in southern Idaho’s arid climate. The sometimes shrubby tree often crowds out native vegetation areas along the banks of waterco . . . . . more details

Pasture and Range Plants that Endanger Livestock in Southwestern Idaho > PDF
This publication is a basic guide to thirty-five common toxic plants found in southwestern Idaho pastures and rangelands. Concise plant descriptions, paired with stunning photography, will help you to . . . . . more details

Quick Facts — Idaho Beans > HTML
This two-page fact sheet offers recommendations for growing dry beans in southern Idaho, with pointers on soil sampling and testing, fertilization, irrigation, and insect, weed and disease control. It . . . . . more details

Idaho Environmental/Nutrient Management Program (E/NMP) Basics > HTML
Nutrient management is not a game. It verifies the health of your livestock operation and thus requires a documented plan (called an Environmental/Nutrient Management Program), assembled by a certifie . . . . . more details

H20 to Go—Staying Hydrated Safely! > HTML
Because drinking water is a requirement for human survival, it is important to know the basic facts so you can maintain your general health. Along with telling you how much water to drink each day, th . . . . . more details

Invertebrate Pest Management for Pacific Northwest Pastures > PDF
Several species of insects (arthropods and gastropods) live in pastures of the Pacific Northwest, but unfortunately many of them can reduce its productivity. This well-illustrated publication describe . . . . . more details

Risk Assessment and Decision-Making Guidelines for Dairy Risk Management: Part 3 > PDF
Dairy farmers, particularly those who run small- and middle-sized enterprises, face significant economic challenges. Financial guidance is more critical than ever. This three-part series offers tools . . . . . more details

Improving Weed Control in Dry Bean Using Narrow Planting > HTML
Season-long control of weeds is an important goal when growing dry beans. Hairy nightshade, lambsquarters, redroot pigweed, and green foxtail in particular harm bean yields in southern Idaho. This bul . . . . . more details

Being Financially Aware When Divorce Occurs: An Idaho Guide > HTML
Divorce is a highly emotional experience, one that unfortunately can lead to poor financial decision making. This publication will help you to avoid those pitfalls and more ably navigate this difficul . . . . . more details

Utilizing Barn Owl Boxes for Management of Vole Populations > HTML
Because they consume large quantities of voles, barn owls can help to manage rodent populations in Idaho. This handy publication will help you to attract more of these natural predators with its detai . . . . . more details

Nutrition for Healthy Aging: Four Key Nutrition Messages for the Older Adult > HTML
Nutrition is key to preventing and managing chronic disease, as well as to improving the quality of your life as you age. This publication offers four important strategies to help you make more nutrit . . . . . more details

Grasshopper Management in the Pacific Northwest > HTML
Grasshoppers are common plant-feeding insects in the Pacific Northwest but large numbers of them can devastate crops like alfalfa, cereals, corn, potatoes, and grasses. This publication will help you . . . . . more details

Growing Peppers in Short-Season, High-Altitude Idaho Gardens > HTML
Peppers are difficult to grow if you garden or farm at high elevations (above 4,000 ft). This publication will help you to improve the odds by choosing the best type of soil; implementing season exten . . . . . more details

Cranberry Orange Upside Down Spice Cake > Video
In this video, University of Idaho Extension Educator, Laura Sant, demonstrates how to make cranberry orange upside down spice cake. Including fruit in desserts is a great way to infuse some healthy n . . . . . more details

Roasted Winter Vegetables > Video
Vegetables provide many amazing health benefits and all of us could benefit from including more vegetables in our diets. University of Idaho Extension Educator Julie Buck demonstrates how to make simp . . . . . more details

2014 Farm Bill Crop Commodity Program Payments in Idaho > HTML
The 2014 Farm Bill initiated revenue support programs for crop farmers (ARC-CO, ARC-IC, and PLC). This study determines whether or not the bill functioned as expected. It investigates how ARC-CO and P . . . . . more details

Soil-Testing Procedures for Southern Idaho Soils > HTML
Crops require seventeen nutrients to thrive. To make sure your soil is providing them, soil sampling and testing are critical. This bulletin provides a brief overview of both by discussing how researc . . . . . more details

Monitoring Tools for a Potato Bruise Prevention Program > HTML
Potato bruising is costly. It lowers the quality of a crop, leading to customer rejections or direct waste. It’s thus critical to quickly identify what is causing the injuries in your operation. This . . . . . more details

Bull Thistle: Identification and Control > Video
Bull thistle is a biennial, which means it typically takes two growing seasons to complete its life cycle. This video will introduce you to the life cycle of Bull thistle, how to identify it, concerns . . . . . more details

Integrated Management of Feral Rye in Winter Wheat > PDF
Feral rye (Secale cereale L.), also known as volunteer rye, is a troublesome weed in winter wheat production in the low and intermediate rainfall zones of eastern Washington and Oregon and so . . . . . more details

Soil Testing to Guide Fertilizer Management > HTML
Regularly testing your soil will allow you to accurately spot problem areas and thus provide sustainable soil nutrient management. This updated version of a 1997 bulletin provides the basic informatio . . . . . more details

Risk Assessment and Decision-Making Guidelines for Dairy Risk Management: Part 2 > PDF
Dairy farmers, particularly those who run small- and middle-sized enterprises, face significant economic challenges. Financial guidance is more critical than ever. This three-part series offers tools . . . . . more details

Building resilience through engagement: Brenda and Tony Richards - Rancher-to-Rancher Case Study series: Increasing resilience among ranchers in the Pacific Northwest > PDF
This publication is part of the Rancher-to-Rancher Case Study Series: Increasing resilience among ranchers in the Pacific Northwest. Authors: Sonia A. Hall, Tipton D. Hudson, K. Scott Jense . . . . . more details

2018 Farm Bill Agricultural Commodity Support Programs > HTML
This publication reports on the 2018 Farm Bill in order to help agricultural producers in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) navigate its policies and programs, including updates on the dairy, crop, and live . . . . . more details

Potato Cost of Production for Idaho: 2016 With Comparisons to 2015 > PDF
Get an accurate estimate of the 2016 cost of producing potatoes in three Idaho regions (southwestern, south central, and eastern) by reviewing annual potato yields (plus historical comparisons), fumig . . . . . more details

Slow Cooking from Start to Finish > HTML
A slow cooker produces a variety of delicious and healthy dishes that saves time, energy, and money. Learn about this versatile kitchen appliance—how to operate it; selecting one that suits your needs . . . . . more details

A Grower’s Guide to Successful On-Farm Research > HTML
Interested in identifying a new crop rotation or adopting a new irrigation method to improve your yield, but worried about the time and money wasted if it doesn’t work? Conduct your own on-farm experi . . . . . more details

Your Rights and Responsibilities: Notario Fraud > PDF
Part of the Your Rights and Responsibilities series, this 3-page fact sheet provides basic information about notario fraud, a common immigration scam. Along with a rundown about how it may affect an i . . . . . more details

4-H Animal Science Lesson Plans > PDF
By providing instruction outlines for adults, this 263-page curriculum delivers animal science education to youth, particularly 4-H members working with beef, sheep, swine, and goats. The thirty-eight . . . . . more details

Buying and Selling Hay on the Stump > HTML
This publication provides a five-step process and lists several online business tools that will empower buyers and sellers to successfully establish a fair price for hay on the stump. The steps includ . . . . . more details

Land Survey and Mapping: An Introduction for Woodland Owners > HTML
Discusses types of plane surveys, including property surveys and cadastral surveys. Briefly sketches the history of the rectangular survey system in the United States and describes how the rectangular . . . . . more details

Spring Vegetable Planting Guide for Idaho > HTML
Idaho's diverse climate makes it a challenging place to grow vegetables, so if you’re planning to start a vegetable garden this spring, this planting guide is for you. It provides basic, crucial infor . . . . . more details

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