Driving on the icy roads this winter has made me think a lot about the way roads were back when I was young and all roads were not paved until you got to the big city of Idaho Falls.
The Enemy: Maltese starthistle (Centaurea melitensis)
Name: Cephus cinctus
“What happened to your pickup seat? Is that buffalo track?”
Name: Melanoplus spp.
BLACKFOOT — Robert Bishop has a vision: Consumers should be able to scan a tag on a bag of produce and know at a glance the route it took from the field to the store. The sales engineer consultant for Greentronics is paving a path to his ultimate goal with the RiteTrace system. In developmen…
It was one of those 2 o’clock mornin’ calls: “Looked like everything was comin’ jes fine, Doc, then he got stuck! Could you come?”
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of two parts on frostbite in cattle.
The Enemy: Orange sneezeweed (Hymenoxys hoopesii)
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of two parts on the management of young calves for the small-scale hobbyist.
The Enemy: Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
Name: Rhagoletis pomonella
I drove past an elementary school the other day during morning recess and observed the children outside playing. They were mostly huddled in small groups like they were trying to keep warm.
“How ya doin’ Skip?” I asked.
Name: Phthorimaea operculella Zeller
The Enemy: Elk thistle (Cirsium foliosum)
In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency drafted a new rule defining “waters of the United States” or WOTUS. The proposed rule would have allowed the EPA to regulate activities on most rivers, streams, ditches and canals. In addition, it would have allowed the EPA to restrict many farmin…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of two parts on frostbite in cattle.
The Enemy: Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)
Name: Tetranychus urticae
Prejudice is a funny thing. When a city slicker or a dude comes meanderin’ into the Montana bar in Glasgow he’s liable to get a lot of hard stares.
I thought my husband, Boyd, was retiring. Then last fall, he came in the house with the news he was going to buy a bull. He actually went to a couple of sales at that time. And there’s another local one he is going to in a couple of weeks.
The television paralyzed watchers as the horrendous flames burned California to ashes. The governor in command puffed and pounded, claiming that he and his ENVIRO-DENY-ERS took NO BLAME, NO BLAME, NO BLAME!
Name: Lepisma saccharina
The Enemy: Creeping waterprimrose (Ludwigia peploides)
MENAN — As a child digging in the dirt, Preston Skaar probably never dreamed he would base a business around his childhood activity. With East Idaho Mini Excavator Services, the Menan man is exploiting a niche market and steadily building a profitable company.
Gerald and Pat Vandervalk of Clareshom, Alberta, Canada, solved the challenges of winter water for their cattle by utilizing numerous springs on their ranch.
The Enemy: Desert saltgrass (Distichlis spicata)
Name: Anoplophora glabripennis
It’s never easy to:
ey, it is time to get those New Year’s resolutions written down and start changing ourselves for the better!
Name: Cerambycidae spp.
The Enemy: Missouri goldenrod (Solidago missouriensis)
On Dec. 20, President Donald Trump was expected to sign the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, i.e. the farm bill.
It doesn’t make much difference how fast a horse can run if the jockey doesn’t cross the finish line with him.
An “eye in the sky” can be a big help when you need to locate missing cattle or check fences or water sources in a pasture.
The Enemy: In the spirit of CHRISTmas — holly, that is English holly (Ilex aquifolium). Holly is a perennial evergreen shrub that can grow into large trees. As we all have seen around the holidays, it has wavy and waxy leaves with small spines. This plant comes from woodlands in Europe, East…
Halters, blankets, saddles, bridles and bits may seem pretty generic and interchangeable to the outside observer, but horse owners have very specific ideas about how to outfit their equine companions.
Name: Dendroctonus ponderosae
Most horses adapt well to colder weather, but there are important things to monitor and provide to keep them safe and healthy in the winter. Above all, they need: good nutrition, including additional energy; warm, palatable water; shelter from wind and moisture; blankets when necessary. Hors…
You remember that Christmas a few years ago,when you waited all night for ol’ Santy to show
Christmas Eve is a time of excitement added with anxiety and expectations for young children.
In 1933 — in the depths of the Great Depression — August and Carmalita Zamzow founded a livestock feed store in Meridian. Fast-forward 85 years and grandson Jim Zamzow continues to expand their legacy.
Name: Chionaspis pinifoliae
The Enemy: Mistletoe (Phoradendron macrophyllum).
A Christmas tree is one of those things Like popcorn balls or angel wings That children make in the snow. Things with beauty unsurpassed That touch our lives but never last More than a week or so. It shines from every living room Like someone in a bright costume That’s happy to see you drop …
Ranch families have great faith — in God, and each other — and a great sense of responsibility to the animals they take care of.
Name: Pissodes strobi
The Enemy: Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)
The 4-H program provides youths from all backgrounds the opportunity to raise, care for and show livestock. If youths understand how to take vitals, properly administer antibiotics, and understand vaccination programs, they will be better prepared to raise a healthy animal.
Twenty years ago when we still lived in Brighton, Colo., I had invited several friends to have Thanksgiving at my house. (A tradition my insurance agent later said I could no longer afford).