UI Extension, Bingham County offers crop production research, assistance and programs for a number of subjects.
Annual Potato Conference
Plan to attend the annual potato school. This website lists schedules, lodging in Pocatello and registration for the event. You can also find the proceedings of past potato conferences there.
The Analytical Sciences Laboratory at the University of Idaho can help you determine your soil's fertility. Bingham County has soil testing kits available through our office. We can walk you through the process of taking a soil sample of your property. The results will be returned to you and our horticulture educator to discuss options for your soil.
The lab also processes water quality samples and does plant analysis and veterinary toxicology.
UI Cereals Program
UI cereal specialists do research and provide information on diseases that threaten our grain crops. Information on area cereal schools can be found here.
University of Idaho forage research programs and projects are found at this site. Alfalfa variety trial results as well as forage research results are posted as they are available.
Pesticide Licensing and Recertification
Many agricultural chemicals can only be used by trained individuals. Information on applying to become a certified pesticide user is found at the Idaho Department of Agriculture, including
- Application forms
- Signup information
- Annual re-certification seminar class schedules and locations
Evapotranspiration (ET) Charts
Proper irrigation scheduling is essential to high quality crops. The Agri-Met site lists water use charts for various crops in our area as well as for lawns and turf.
Tree seedlings from UI
You can order tree seedlings from the UI here that will be delivered to your door by UPS. This site also directs you to forest nursery research conducted at the University of Idaho.
Idaho Landscapes and Gardens
At this site you can get basic gardening information and more in depth information on fruit, vegetable and herb production. Lawn and turf management is also covered at this site. There are also links to insect, disease and weed management and control information.
University of Idaho has many publications to learn and improve your horticulture skills. These publications range from horticulture to cooking and canning.
Idaho has 70 species of plants on the noxious weed control list. By law these weeds must be controlled if you find them on your property. The Noxious Weed Control Guide deals with the chemical control of these weeds.
The Weed Science Society of America has set up a website to identify weeds you may have found. Links to common weed images as well as poisonous plant information and biological control of weeds are included.
Producers may have hay certified as weed-free through their county's weed control supervisor. Idaho Weed Awareness maintains this site listing certified producers.