LEWISTON – Crop management, biocontrol methods for weeds and other topics will be addressed at the 11th annual North Central Idaho Grazing Conference, set for Jan. 6 in Lewiston.
The morning session will be on training cattle to eat weeds by Kathy Voth. Voth operates Livestock for Landscapes out of Loveland, Colo., and gives presentations all over the United States on how to teach cattle to eat weeds.
The afternoon session will feature presentations by Nelle Murray, Asotin County Weed Control Coordinator, and Stephen VanVleet, WSU Extension Educator in Whitman County. Their presentations will cover information on how to control annual weeds using both chemical and bio-control methods.
Following will be the Producer’s Perspective with a panel of four speakers discussing their management strategies. Drew Leitch, Mart Thompson and Kevin Seitz will discuss cover crop grazing, and Shelbie Sigler with Hillco Technologies will talk about round baling cereal straw behind the combine.
Set for the Williams Conference Center on the campus of Lewis-Clark State College, the conference is open to the public and begins at 8 a.m. with a trade show featuring pasture and range equipment and supplies.
Cost is $15 if preregistered by Dec. 26. Cost at the door is $20. Registration includes lunch. Call the Idaho County NRCS office at 983-1046, ext. 3., to register.
The conference is being sponsored by the University of Idaho Extension System; Idaho Association of Conservation Districts, Division 2; Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Idaho State Soil Conservation Commission.