Jefferson Valley Conservation District
Tour of Insectary, Greenhouse and mtwow.org Web Site 10-99.
Marion Johns (FSA) collects weevils from insectary #1.
Tour participants learn about mass rearing spotted knapweed root boring
Tour participants from left to right: Maxine Kays (FSA), Julie Sacks
(NRCS), [kneeling] Linda Dyk (FSA), Todd Breitenfeldt (WHS), [child] Skye
B., Marion Johns (FSA), Dennis Connelly (FSA). Touring greenhouse
where students are rearing Dalmatian and yellow toadflax to feed the larvae
of Calophasia lunula that they are mass rearing and storing for
spring release. All photo's above by Loni Amos.
Loni Amos (WHS Student/Worker- black shirt) replaces Todd Breitenfeldt
in photo. Note lights in greenhouse that are left on from 6 AM to
11 PM to keep the toadflax plants fooled into "thinking" it is not winter
and going dormant on us. We need the plants to keep producing foliage
to feed the larvae as we cycle the larvae through several generations during
the school year to build up our populations for release. Photo
by Todd Breitenfeldt.
Tour Schedule: October 12, 1999
9:15AM-Meet at USDA Service Center in Whitehall
9:30-9:45AM-Travel to Temple Ranch
9:45-10:15AM-Temple Ranch EQIP
10:15-11:00AM-Travel to Sarah Faith Ranch (George Kahrl)
11:00-12:30PM-Sarah Faith Ranch EQIP
12:30-1:00PM-Travel to Wheat Montana Deli
1:00-2:00PM-Lunch at Wheat Montana Deli (on your own)
2:00-2:45PM-Travel to Johns Ranch
2:45-3:30PM-Johns Ranch EQIP
3:30-3:40PM-Travel to Fitzgerald Ranch Seed Plots
3:40-4:10PM-Fitzgerald Ranch Seed Plots
4:10-4:30PM-Travel to Whitehall High School
4:30-5:15PM-Noxious Weed Bug Presentation at Whitehall H.S.
5:15-5:30PM-Travel to USDA Service Center in Whitehall