Alaska Livestock Judge's Training

Michael Fisher and Travis Taylor from Colorado State University Extension will instruct on livestock judging on June 29 in Palmer and June 30 in Soldotna. 

9 am to Noon - Crash Course and Refresher for Livestock Judging (Adults)

Noon to 1 pm - Lunch Break

1 pm to 2:30 pm - Basics of Livestock Judging (Youths)

These trainings are free but RSVP is requested. Call 907-262-5824 or email camatney@alaska.edu to register. For information click (here) for the fliers.

Free Seminar on Livestock Feeding, Nutrition and Artificial Insemination

A free workshop on livestock feeding, nutrition and artificial insemination will be offered on June 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center.  The workshop can also be attended remotely by phone or computer via Zoom videoconference.  For more information, view the flier. To register call 907-262-5824 or email camatney@alaska.edu.

Spruce Needle Aphid

Across the southern Kenai Peninsula many trees both young and old are becoming infested with a pest new to our area, the Spruce Needle Aphid, Elatobium abietinum.

Found in coastal communities, you can see the damage to trees of all ages by the browning and dropping of the needles from the trunk outward. Early inspection is ideal since these pest feed on the needles as early as February or March.  (click here for more info)

Soil Testing

Understanding what nutrients are available in your soil for your plants is needed in order to supply your garden with the building blocks to promote healthy and vigorous growth.  Taking a soil sample and analyzing a soil test is the only way to know what nutrients are in your soil and how much fertilizer to apply to your garden.  Review the documents below for more information on taking a soil sample, testing, and interpreting your results.

Factors to Consider in Selecting a Soil Testing Lab

Soil Sampling

Soil Test Interpretation

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