Kimberly Twilight Tour Highlights University of Idaho Ag Research

Wednesday, July 7 2010

Written by Bill Loftus

KIMBERLY, Idaho – The University of Idaho's fourth biennial Twilight Tour on July 21 at the Kimberly Research and Extension Center will focus on agricultural research.
The tour will offer research updates on crops including corn, beans, potatoes, sugar beets and alfalfa. Other researchers will discuss their work on irrigation, crop storage and other studies.
The popular tour will run from 5 to 8 p.m. The evening will include a free dinner, field tours and displays and exhibits by University of Idaho Extension specialists and educators.
The tour also will offer horse-drawn wagon rides, an aquaculture exhibit and an insect petting zoo.
More information about the tour is available from Don Morishita, professor of weed science and extension specialist, or Amber Moore, extension soils specialist, at (208) 736-3600.
University of Idaho researchers and educators who plan displays and exhibits during the tour include:
  • Rick Allen, water resources engineer, will have a display of his group’s evapotranspiration research and infra-red thermometry work
  • Mireille Chahine, dairy specialist, will explain how feed is digested in the different compartments of the rumen and how the nutrients are extracted by the udder to produce a wholesome product: “milk”. The dairy exhibit also will feature a real dairy cow rumen specimen and udder as well as some manure eating worms
  • Gary Fornshell, extension educator, will have a display about University of Idaho Extension's aquaculture program
  • Benton Glaze, beef specialist, will have a display about the Beef Quality Assurance program
  • Wilson Gray, livestock agricultural economist, will have a display about the Grazing Academy
  • Lyle Hansen, extension educator, will have information about Personal Finance in the Magic Valley, information from the Retirement Ready? program, as well as, information from Dollar Decision$, Youth Financial Literacy, and Secure Your Future programs
  • Rhea Lanting, Grace Wittman and Donna Gillespie, extension educators will have a display to receive information on food preservation, canning do’s and don’ts, samples of dried foods a chance to WIN a “So Easy to Preserve” book and an opportunity to Spin the Wheel for prizes
  • Mario de Haro Marti, extension educator, will have a display of dairy and environmental education
  • Don Morishita, weed scientist, will have a display of various weeds found in the area, what they are and how to control them
  • Amber Moore, soils specialist, will have examples of corn and other crops that are deficient in specific nutrients, allowing you to determine the nutrient deficiency for a special prize
  • Katherine O’Brien, Wheat Quality Lab, will have examples, displays and information about how the quality of flours influence the quality of cookies, breads and other foods
  • Nora Olsen and Sanjay Gupta, potato storage specialist and molecular biologist, will show you what it’s like to be a stored potato in one of the potato storage facilities storage bins. Olsen and her potato team will also discuss which part of your kitchen is the most effective for storing potatoes
  • Glenn Shewmaker, Forage Specialist, will be demonstrating a variety of alfalfa hay probes, and demonstrating how to take a representative hay sample from a hay bale
  • Shree Singh, bean geneticist, will have a dry bean display and samples of beans
  • Erik Wenninger, entomologist, will have an insect petting zoo for those interested in learning more about local insects
  • USDA-ARS Northwest Irrigation and Soils Research Laboratory scientists will have displays of various research projects

Research at the Kimberly center addressed during the tour will include:
  • Dry bean genetics and variety development
  • Field corn variety comparisons
  • Potato variety development trials for fresh market, processing and chipping potatoes
  • Examining how crop residue level, nitrogen application method and nitrogen rates affect sugar beets grown in strip tillage and the effects this has on weed and disease incidence and sugar beet yield
  • Differences between strip tillage and conventional tillage sugar beet production in terms of irrigation reqrements, and the behavior of diseases, insects and weeds
  • Biological seed treatments on disease control
  • Impact of potato seed sprout inhibitors on potato emergence
  • Potato variety production in organic systems
  • Irrigation requirements in field corn
  • Evaluating the stability of edible or edamame soybean varieties in Idaho
  • Leaf miner fly ecology and management in sugar beets
  • Alfalfa variety comparisons
  • Effect of corn gluten meal and mustard seed meal on weed control in dry beans
  • Addition of organic acid complexes to traditional nitrogen fertilizers in field corn to slow their release over time.