The UI Extension, Lincoln County office provides a wide range of technical resources for producers, as well as assistance with soil testing and interpretation, cover crops, compost, weed identification and control options, nitrate and forage analysis plus interpretation, grazing, insects, diseases, pesticide applicator training and helping producers find solutions for their problems.
For livestock producers, we focus on extending the grazing season, unconventional forages for meeting animal nutritional and energy requirements when cool season grasses are not growing, rotational grazing and pasture fertility.
One of the major issues facing Lincoln County producers is water availability. Lincoln County is irrigated partially by water from the Magic Reservoir and the American Falls Reservoir.
Water from the Magic systems is highly variable, which makes planning difficult. On either system, producers must continue to become better water managers and upgrade to more efficient delivery systems. Rulings on water right issues will continue to play a key role in available water, especially for ground water pumpers.
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Along with water management, we also focus on unconventional forages, soil moisture monitoring, GPS mapping and water conservation measures. Alfalfa fall water management under limited irrigation is a new project we initiated. Previous work with producers and irrigation companies has resulted in larger economic returns and extended irrigation days for producers. Instead of a “use it or lose it” mentality for farm/ranch water management, we are striving for “save water and make money.”
Contact Carmen Willmore in UI Extension, Lincoln County for more information.
UI Extension can assist with nutrient management, mainly soil sampling, understanding soil and compost analysis, fertilizer recommendations, utilization of compost and manure in cropping systems, unconventional forages that use less nutrients, cover crops and green manures.
The large dairy industry in the Magic Valley provides an opportunity to produce dairy compost that can be utilized in cropping systems to improve soil fertility and organic matter content. We have conducted research with producers using dairy compost in irrigated and dryland situations.
We are working with producers on their farms to determine which species will survive the winter, perform well under our growing conditions, finding seeding rates and mixes that work and determining nitrogen contributions.
Contact Mario de Haro Marti in UI Extension, Gooding County with specific questions.