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November 08, 2011 10:02 am

Record sugar beet harvest

Late moisture boosts beets to average 28.8 tons per acre

The inch of rain that fell in early October frustrated sugar beet growers who were trying to haul beets from their fields.

September 08, 2011 8:25 am

Off and running

Brence quadruplets join kindergarten classes at Westside Elementary school

Kindergarten school supplies list: Eight boxes of crayons, 48 sharpened pencils, 48 glue sticks, eight erasers, eight boxes of tissue.

And that’s not for an entire Westside Elementary classroom. That’s just the Brence quadruplets, heading off to their first year of school.

The story of the 2011 Junior Livestock Sale comes down to the numbers.

The  auction, the conclusion of livestock events at the Park County Fair, featured more 4-H and FFA members selling animals than last year. Livestock sale chairman Joe Bridges said although the sale netted about $14,000 more than last year’s $276,000 sale, more sellers means the average sale meant less money for individual sellers.

The story of the 2011 Junior Livestock Sale comes down to the numbers.

The  auction, the conclusion of livestock events at the Park County Fair, featured more 4-H and FFA members selling animals than last year. Livestock sale chairman Joe Bridges said although the sale netted about $14,000 more than last year’s $276,000 sale, more sellers means the average sale meant less money for individual sellers.

A cold winter followed by a rainy, wet spring has delayed planting of some crops, although the extra moisture is helping sugar beets, barley, oats and other crops already in the ground.

“We’re on track for a nice crop,” said Mark Bjornestad, Western Sugar Cooperative field man. “Yeah, it’s a little bit later than normal” but if conditions stay favorable, the plants will catch up.

A cold winter followed by a rainy, wet spring has delayed planting of some crops, although the extra moisture is helping sugar beets, barley, oats and other crops already in the ground.

“We’re on track for a nice crop,” said Mark Bjornestad, Western Sugar Cooperative field man. “Yeah, it’s a little bit later than normal” but if conditions stay favorable, the plants will catch up.

State could keep class-free status under interim USDA rules

Expanding a designated surveillance area that requires additional testing of cattle for brucellosis could help Wyoming maintain its federal disease status, a Powell veterinarian said.

State livestock officials have proposed adding eastern Park County to the current “designated surveillance area.” Wyoming’s DSA now covers Park County west of Wyo. 120 as well as Teton and Sublette counties, western Fremont County and northern Lincoln County.

Pleased with the quality of confection sunflower seeds raised in the Powell area in 2010, representatives of Dahlgren and Co. said last week they will increase the price they pay for the crop this year.

Sugar beet growers anticipate planting Roundup Ready sugar beet seeds this spring under strict conditions as the U.S. Department of Agriculture continues to work on an environmental impact statement governing use of the genetically modified seeds.

But Heart Mountain grower Ric Rodriguez, vice chairman of the Western Sugar Cooperative’s board of directors, spoke with caution Monday, saying there’s still time for opponents to file a court action that could stop planting before it begins.

January 13, 2011 8:31 am

Elk numbers down

Yellowstone Park herd drops 24 percent in 2010

Wildlife officials said Wednesday that an acclaimed elk herd in Yellowstone National Park dropped in size by 24 percent over the last year — as predators, hunters, recent drought and deep snows all took a toll.

As recently as 1994, the northern Yellowstone elk herd was the largest in North America with almost 20,000 animals that roamed between the park, Montana’s Paradise Valley and Wyoming areas, including Sunlight Basin and Crandall.

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