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08-12-14 *USDA/NASS* Colorado Crop Production Report: August 2014

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 12, 2014

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CROP PRODUCTION – August 2014 

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Based on August 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 138.24 million bushels, up 7 percent from last year’s 129.69 million bushels. The 960,000 acres expected to be harvested for grain this year is unchanged from the June forecast, but 30,000 acres below the 990,000 acres harvested a year ago. Average yield is expected to increase 13.0 bushels per acre from last year to 144.0 bushels per acre. Sorghum production in 2014 is forecast at 4.08 million bushels, down 29 percent from the 5.76 million bushels harvested a year earlier. Growers expect to harvest 170,000 acres this year, unchanged from the June forecast, but down from the 240,000 acres harvested last year. Average yield is forecast at 24.0 bushels per acre, unchanged from last year.

Barley production is forecast at 8.04 million bushels, up 7 percent from the July 1 forecast and up 4 percent from last year’s crop. Area for harvest in 2014, at 60,000 acres, is up 2,000 acres from the 58,000 harvested last year. Barley yield is forecast at 134.0 bushels per acre, up 9.0 bushels from the July 1 forecast, and 1.0 bushel per acre higher than last year. As of August 3,Colorado’s barley crop condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 27 percent excellent. Barley harvest was 28 percent complete, compared with 9 percent last year and the 5-year average of 14 percent.

Winter wheat production is forecast at 100.80 million bushels, up 17 percent from the July 1 forecast and up 128 percent from the 44.28 million bushels produced last year. Area for harvest is expected to total 2.40 million acres, unchanged from July 1, but 760,000 acres more than the 1.64 million acres harvested in 2013. As of August 1, the average yield is forecast at 42.0 bushels per acre, 6.0 bushels above the July 1 forecast and 15.0 bushels above last year’s final yield. As of August 3, Colorado’s winter wheat harvest was 96 percent complete, compared with 97 percent last year and the 5-year average of 98 percent.

Colorado farmers and ranchers expect to harvest 750,000 acres of alfalfa hay this year, up 100,000 acres from 2013. They also expect to harvest 580,000 acres of other hay in 2014, down 80,000 acres from last year. Alfalfa production is forecast at 2.70 million tons, up 43 percent from the 1.89 million tons produced in 2013. Other hay production is forecast at 1.16 million tons, up 10 percent from 1.06 million tons a year ago. Yields are expected to average 3.60 tons per acre for alfalfa and 2.00 tons per acre for other hay, compared to last year’s yields of 2.90 tons per acre for alfalfa hay and 1.60 tons for other hay.

Dry bean production for 2014 is forecast at 752,000 hundredweight, up 39 percent from the 540,000 hundredweight produced a year earlier. Yields are expected to average 1,600 pounds per acre, up from 1,500 pounds per acre last year. Growers expect to harvest 47,000 acres this year, up 11,000 acres from 36,000 acres last year. Sugarbeet production is forecast at 890,000 tons, up 3 percent from the 861,000 tons produced in 2013. Growers expect to harvest 29,100 acres this year compared with 25,700 a year ago. Yields are expected to average 30.6 tons per acre, down from 33.5 tons per acre a year ago.

Colorado peach production for 2014 is forecast at 12,000 tons, up 64 percent from last year’s production of 7,330 tons. Colorado commercial apple production for 2014 is forecast at 11.4 million pounds, up 104 percent from last year’s production of 5.6 million  pounds.

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07-11-14 *USDA/NASS* Colorado Crop Production Report: July 2014

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 11, 2014

NASS-CO News Release Header - LAKEWOODCROP PRODUCTION – JULY 2014 

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Based on July 1 conditions, winter wheat production in Colorado is forecast at 86.4 million bushels, down 3 percent from the June 1 forecast but 95 percent above the 44.3 million bushels produced last year. Estimated acreage for harvest, at 2.40 million acres, is down 150,000 acres from June 1, but 760,000 acres more than the 1.64 million acres harvested in 2013. As of July 1, the average yield is forecast at 36.0 bushels per acre, 1.0 bushel above the June 1 forecast, and 9.0 bushels above last year’s final yield.

As of June 29, Colorado’s winter wheat crop condition was rated 27 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 31 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Winter wheat harvested was at 5 percent, compared with 6 percent last year and the 5-year average of 22 percent.

Barley production is forecast at 7.50 million bushels, down 3 percent from the 2013 crop. Area harvested is expected to total 60,000 acres, up 2,000 acres from the 58,000 acres harvested last year. Barley yield is forecast at 125.0 bushels per acre, 8.0 bushels per acre below last year.

As of June 29, Colorado’s barley crop condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 13 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 27 percent excellent. Barley headed was at 37 percent, compared with 58 percent last year and the 5-year average of 57 percent.

UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.37 billion bushels, down 1 percent from the June 1 forecast and down 11 percent from 2013. Based on July 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 42.2 bushels per acre, down 0.2 bushel from last month and down 5.2 bushels from last year. The area expected to be harvested for grain or seed totals 32.4 million acres, unchanged from the Acreage report released on June 30, 2014 but up slightly from last year. Hard Red Winter production, at 703 million bushels, is down 2 percent from last month. Soft Red Winter, at 458 million bushels, is up 1 percent from the June forecast. White Winter, at 206 million bushels, is up slightly from last month. Of the White Winter production, 10.6 million bushels are Hard White and 196 million bushels are Soft White.

Production for the 2014 barley crop is forecast at 187 million bushels, down 13 percent from 2013. Based on conditions as of July 1, the average yield for the United States is forecast at 71.2 bushels per acre, down 0.5 bushel from last year. Area harvested for grain or seed, at 2.63 million acres, is unchanged from the previous forecast but down 12 percent from 2013. When compared with last year, yields are expected to decrease throughout much of the United States due to drought conditions in the Pacific Northwest and wet conditions in the Midwest and Northeast. Conversely, adequate moisture in the northern and central Rocky Mountains have lead to  expected yield increases in Montana, Utah, and Wyoming.

For a full copy of the Crop Production report please visit www.nass.usda.gov or CLICK HERE or view the entire report below:

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07-10-14 Inside the RMFU with Bob Kjelland: Waters of the US, Commodity Prices, Aging Ag Workforce, CO Farmers Markets and MORE…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 10, 2014


To listen to the interview with RMFU’s Director of Communications, click the mp3 audio link below…

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Bob Kjelland RMFU Dir of Communications

Bob Kjellan, RMFU’s Director of Communications

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) July 10th, 2014 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s NEW Director of Communications Bob Kjelland. Kjelland discusses several topics including:

  • EPA’s “Waters of the US” proposed final rule and the RMFU’s “They Don’t Talk For Me” ad campaign
  • The recent slide of ag commodity prices
  • NFU’s Solution to the Aging Ag Workforce Problem
  • Colorado’s Farmers Markets
  • & Much More!

Additional Information and links regarding the EPA’s proposed Final Rule on the “Waters of the US”:

Comment period extended thru October

The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union: Serving family farming and ranching since 1907…Learn more online @ www.rmfu.org

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06-11-14 *USDA/NASS* Colorado Crop Production Report: June 2014

Posted by Brian Allmer on June 11, 2014

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CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS CO Website

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Based on June 1conditions, winter wheat production in Colorado is forecast at 89.3 million bushels, up 6.0 percent from
the May 1 forecast and 102 percent above the 44.3 million bushels produced last year. Estimated acreage for harvest, at
2.55 million acres, is unchanged from May 1, and 910,000 acres more than the 1.64 million acres harvested in 2013. As of
June 1, the average yield is forecast at 35.0 bushels per acre, 2 bushels above the May 1 forecast, and 8 bushels above last
year’s final yield.

As of June 1, Colorado’s winter wheat crop condition was rated above a year ago with 24 percent very poor, 15 percent
poor, 29 percent fair, 28 percent good, and 4 percent excellent, compared with 35 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 30
percent fair, 11 percent good, and 1 percent excellent last year.

Growing conditions have been favorable for small grains most of this spring. Periods of warm weather have helped the
crop to develop at a near normal rate, while rainy periods have helped the condition of the crop. Hail and flooding have
been noted in areas of the state and some areas remain in need of moisture. Currently, winter wheat in the state is in
mostly fair to good condition.

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05-22-14 Inside the CO FFA Foundation w/Executive Director Don Thorn: 86th CO FFA State Convention May 28-30…

Posted by Brian Allmer on May 22, 2014

To listen to the entire interview with Don Thorn, click the mp3 audio link below…

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Don Thorn Executive Director Co FFA Foundation(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) May 22nd -  Joining the BARN to discuss the latest news and events involving the Colorado FFA Foundation is Executive Director Don Thorn discussing the 86th CO FFA State COnvention at Adams State University in Alamosa on May 28-29-39…click the audio link above to listen

To learn more about the Colorado FFA Foundation – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the Colorado FFA Association – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the 2014 Colorado FFA State Convention – CLICK HERE

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05-09-14 *USDA/NASS* Colorado Crop Production Report…May 2014

Posted by Brian Allmer on May 9, 2014

CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS Website

CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS CO Website

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Winter wheat production in Colorado, based on conditions as of May 1, 2014, is forecast at 84.15 million bushels. This forecast is 90 percent above last year’s drought reduced production of 44.28 million bushels and 14 percent above the 73.78 million bushel crop produced two years ago. Acreage for harvest, estimated at 2.55 million acres, is 910,000 acres more than a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 33.0 bushels per acre, up 6.0 bushels per acre from last year’s yield, but 12.0 bushels per acre below the record high yield of 45.0 set in 2010.

This year’s crop was planted under mostly favorable conditions last fall resulting in good but variable stands going into winter dormancy. Following a relatively mild winter, cool temperatures experienced in March and April have delayed crop development to about one to two weeks behind normal, statewide. Damaging wind has produced dust storms and blow-out in the southeastern growing areas. Variable soil moisture supplies ranging from mostly short in the southern areas to adequate in the northern areas currently exist.

Final yield will largely be determined by the combination of moisture and temperature conditions during May and June. Hay stocks on Colorado farms and ranches as of May 1, 2014 totaled 320,000 tons, down 11 percent from stocks of 360,000 tons on hand last year. Hay production for 2013 was 2.94 million tons, 22 percent lower than 2012 production. Disappearance from December 1, 2013 to May 1, 2014 is 1.1 million tons, compared with 1.2 million tons the same period a year earlier.

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05-08-14 Inside the RMFU with Bob Kjelland, the NEW Director of Communications…

Posted by Brian Allmer on May 8, 2014


To listen to the interview with RMFU’s NEW Director of Communications, click the mp3 audio link below…

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Bob Kjelland RMFU Dir of Communications

Bob Kjellan, RMFU’s Director of Communications

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) May 8th, 2014 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s NEW Director of Communications Bob Kjelland. Kjelland discusses several topics including:

  • Kjellands Background
  • 2014 Farm Bill Explanation Tour RECAP
  • 2014 RMFU Summer Camps this June
  • RMFU’s sponsorship of CO FFA awards/events
  • & MORE

The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union: Serving family farming and ranching since 1907…Learn more online @ www.rmfu.org

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05-05-14 *USDA/NASS News* The latest Colorado Crop Progress Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on May 5, 2014

CLICK HERE to visit the Colorado Field Office Website

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TO VIEW THE ENTIRE REPORT – CLICK HERE

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03-31-14 *USDA-NASS News* The latest Prospective Plantings Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 31, 2014

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CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS Colorado Website

MARCH 2014 PROSPECTIVE PLANTINGS 

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Colorado growers intend to plant 1,230,000 acres of corn for all purposes in 2014, up 10,000 acres and 1 percent above last year’s plantings. Sorghum intentions total 325,000 acres, down 75,000 acres from plantings last year. Winter wheat seedings last fall for harvest in 2014 are estimated at 2,850,000 acres, up 550,000 acres from the 2013 crop. Growers intend to seed 8,000 acres of spring wheat this year, down 2,000 acres from last year. The area expected to be seeded to oats, at 65,000 acres, is up 10,000 acres from a year ago. Most of the oat acreage in Colorado is harvested for hay. Planting intentions for barley in 2014 are up 1,000 acres from last year’s actual plantings to 64,000 acres. Growers intend to plant 53,000 acres of sunflowers this year, down 14,000 acres from what they planted in 2013. The acreage of oil varieties is expected to total 40,000 acres, down 10,000 acres from last year’s plantings. The area for non-oil varieties is expected to be down 4,000 acres to 13,000 acres this year. The State’s dry bean growers indicate they will plant 45,000 acres this year compared with 39,000 acres last year. The area planted to sugarbeets is expected to be up 1,700 acres from last year’s actual plantings to 28,500 acres. Hay producers in the State intend to harvest 1,300,000 acres this year. This is down 10,000 acres from the acreage cut for hay in 2013.

Mountain snowpack is currently 116 percent of average, statewide. Final acreages actually planted for several crops will be determined by irrigation water prospects, soil moisture levels at planting time, and changes in economic conditions between now and actual planting.

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03-04-14 Inside the RMFU with President Kent Peppler…Gov’s Forum, CO Ag Hall of Fame, NFU Convention & MORE…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 4, 2014

Kent Peppler RMFU President

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) February 4th, 2014 – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU President Kent Peppler of Mead, CO, discussing several topics including: the Farm Bill, CO Legislative Issues & much more…

To listen to the interview with RMFU President Kent Peppler, click the mp3 audio link below…

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To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Uinion – CLICK HERE

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02-05-14 Inside the RMFU with President Kent Peppler…Farm Bill, CO Legislative Issues & MUCH MORE…

Posted by Brian Allmer on February 5, 2014

Kent Peppler RMFU President

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) January 5th, 2014 – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU President Kent Peppler of Mead, CO, discussing several topics including: the Farm Bill, CO Legislative Issues & much more…

To listen to the interview with RMFU President Kent Peppler, click the mp3 audio link below…

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To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Uinion – CLICK HERE

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12-05-13 Inside the RMFU with President Kent Peppler…Farm Bill, Convention, 2013 Recap, 2014 Preview & MORE…

Posted by Brian Allmer on December 5, 2013

Kent Peppler RMFU President

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) December 5th, 2013  – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU President Kent Peppler of Mead, CO, discussing several topics including: the Farm Bill, the recent RMFU Convention and Peppler will also take a look back at 2013 and a look ahead at 2014 from his perspective for the RMFU…

To listen to the interview with RMFU President Kent Peppler, click the mp3 audio link below…

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To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Uinion – CLICK HERE

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09-26-13 *CPW News* ZIMMERMAN LAKE RECLAMATION PLANNED FOR LINEAGE BROOD STOCK…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 26, 2013

CPW-Colorado Parks and Wildlife logoFort Collins, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife will complete reclamation of the fishery at Zimmerman Lake in Larimer County in order to restock the feral brood stock of the Bear Creek strain cutthroat trout (LineageBC).  New genetic research led by University of Colorado scientists and published in September of 2012 has produced several fascinating discoveries about Colorado’s native cutthroat trout – including the location of the last surviving wild population of the federally protected greenback cutthroat trout.

In an effort to support CPW work, the U.S. Forest Service is putting a closure in place that includes the area surrounding Zimmerman Lake, extending to 50 feet from the high water mark.  Treated areas will be posted at the 50-foot high water mark to keep the public from coming in contact with treated waters. This order will go in place Sept. 29 through Oct.3.

The usual catch and release limits will be reinstated the day of treatment. Fishing, however, will not be allowed until water testing has been completed and the lake is re-filled and stocked with trout, including extra-large brood stock early October.

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09-25-13 *CPW News* GETTING STUDENTS ON-TARGET WITH COLORADO ARCHERY IN THE SCHOOLS PROGRAM…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 25, 2013

CPW-Colorado Parks and Wildlife logoWhen Katniss Everdeen, the fictional heroine of the Hunger Games novels, jumped from the pages to the big screen, she brought with her a renewed interest in archery. As that interest continues to burgeon in pop culture, Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites teachers to participate in “Basic Archery Instructor” Certification workshops, provided by the Colorado Archery in the Schools Program.

They are also encouraged to submit applications for equipment grants this fall. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is the state sponsor for the National Archery in the Schools Program — an in-school physical education or outdoor education program that teaches international-style target archery for students in grades 4-12.

Teachers are trained as “Basic Archery Instructors” by nationally-certified Parks and Wildlife staff during eight-hour professional development courses. Once trained, teachers are eligible to apply for grant funding so that their schools can purchase archery equipment.

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09-25-13 *Tigges Farms News* R & R Flood Relief – Take a Needed Break…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 25, 2013

Military Days - Tigges FarmIt’s going to be a long time for people to “Recover and Return” to what was once their normal routine after the flood. It’s true for everyone in one way or another in flood affected counties. Lots of people are stepping up to help those hardest hit by the flood with clothing and food donations in this great rural community. FEMA is one organization helping with financial and rebuilding relief. Counseling is offered for those needing the mental help in coping. Now it is nearly October, and with spare cash gone, with bodies and minds exhausted it is hard to find a way to put a smile on or find some much needed R & R that is affordable. That’s where Tigges Farm comes in.

Tigges Farm decided to take the leap and enter the world of Agri-Tourism after the season ended in 2012 but wanted to do it a bit different. It had to meet their mission of being “family friendly and nothing scary” along with “do NOT dig into people’s pockets.” Admission to Tigges Farm has always been free and will continue to be free. Little did they know in November last year their plans for new free activities might just be the ticket for many families with little resources this fall. Come to Tigges Farm for FREE family “Rest & Relaxation.”

The following line of activities at Tigges Farm, located at 12404 WCR 64 ½, Greeley, CO are all FREE to the public. All you have to do is show up and enjoy. No one is expected to buy anything. Activities were planned as customer appreciation and now have an even greater purpose. Come, relax, and watch your children smile. Forget the flood for a day! Let us share a smile! Visit the Tigges Farm Produce Stand and Pumpkin Patch and enjoy the FREE activities: Read the rest of this entry »

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09-16-13 *CPW NEWS* MULTIPLE CO STATE PARKS, WILDLIFE AREAS, FOREST ACCESS CLOSED DUE TO FLOOD…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 16, 2013

DENVER – Due to the historic flooding of the last five days, several parks and wildlife areas, as well as forest access is closed until further notice.

Northeast region parks closed:

Eldorado Canyon State Park
Jackson Lake State Park
St. Vrain State Park

Northeast region state wildlife areas and state trust lands closed:

Atwood SWA & STL
Big Thompson Ponds SWA
Boyd Ponds SWA
Bravo SWA including the Scalva Parcel
Brower SWA
Brush SWA
Centennial Valley SWA
Cottonwood SWA
Dune Ridge SWA
Eagle Canyon STL
Elliott SWA
Ford Bridge STL
Forks SWA
Frank SWA
Jean K. Tool SWA|
Julesburg SWA
Knudson SWA
Messex SWA
Mitani Tokuyasu SWA
Mt. Evans SWA
Nakagawa SWA
Narrows SWA
Overland Trail SWA
Pony Express SWA
Red Lion STL
Sedgwick Bar SWA
Simpson Ponds SWA
Tamarack SWA
Watson Lake SWA
Webster SWA

Limited access:
Ralston Creek SWA (parking lot washed out—hunters can park at Golden Gate Canyon State Park).

CPW recommends that hunters not cross the South Platte to go hunting, as additional flood waters are anticipated and may close roads that are currently open.  Storm Mountain access road is closed except for emergency purposes by order of Larimer County and Highway 5 in Clear Creek County is being closed on and off at various spots.

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08-20-13 *CSU Ext News* PEST ALERT: European Corn Borer and Western Corn Rootworm Infestations Now Occuring…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 20, 2013

CSU Extension LogoSubmitted to BARN Media by: Assefa Gebre-Amlak, CSU Extension Specialist

European corn borer moths began to emerge and lay 2nd generation eggs in some of the pheromone trap locations in northeastern Colorado. Second generation flight can last for four weeks. Damage due to second brood in corn may contribute to lodging and ear drop losses.

2nd generation egg masses are generally found on the underside of the leaf usually within three leaves above or below the ear leaf. These egg masses appear flat and white with black spots appearing as the eggs mature.

Generally, late maturing cornfields are more attractive to 2nd generation egg laying moths than early maturing fields. The female summer moth prefers to lay eggs in corn that is tasseling and in the green silk stage.

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08-19-13 *CPW News* PICEANCE WILDLIFE HABITAT BENEFITS FROM NEW RESTORATION TECHNIQUES…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 19, 2013

CPW Website BannerGRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A five-year Colorado Parks and Wildlife research project is improving techniques to restore wildlife habitat in northwest Colorado’s Piceance Basin after intense energy development.

The Piceance Basin, a 7,100-square-mile area northeast of Grand Junction, is an irreplaceable wildlife area – the largest migratory mule deer herd in the country spends the winter in the basin and a small population of a threatened sage-grouse species lives there year-round.

“Excellent restoration of wildlife habitat following energy development is possible over a wide range of elevations in northwestern Colorado,” said Danielle Johnston, CPW’s wildlife habitat researcher. “However, restoration there is challenging because there is so much variety in elevation, moisture and soil conditions.”

The Piceance Basin has become a world-class energy field with thousands of producing natural gas wells and hundreds of new wells drilled each year. Several energy companies funded the $400,000 research project to improve the quality of reclamation work.

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08-15-13 BREAKING AG NEWS from the CDA: First Colorado Horse Infected with West Nile Virus in 2013…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 15, 2013

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The first reported equine case of West Nile Virus (WNV) has been diagnosed in Colorado as of August 14, 2013. The WNV positive horse is a 3 month old colt from Montezuma County.

“West Nile Virus is a disease that threatens the health of humans, horses, and other animals. This is the time of year when we are most likely to see it reported in horses,” said Colorado State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “It is difficult to project how many cases we may see in the coming months.”

The transmission of the disease varies from year to year and depends on a number of factors including mosquito numbers. The WNV can be carried by infected birds and then spread locally by mosquitoes that bite those birds. The mosquitoes can then pass the virus to humans and animals.

Infected horses may display symptoms including head tilt, muscle tremors, stumbling, lack of coordination, weakness of the limbs or partial paralysis. The clinical signs of WNV are consistent with other important neurological diseases such as equine encephalitis, rabies, and equine herpes virus; therefore it is important to work with your veterinarian to get an accurate diagnosis through laboratory testing. Horse owners should also consult their private practicing veterinarian to determine an appropriate disease prevention plan for their horses.

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08-15-13 *NCGA News* Higher Water Quality Means Greater Profitability…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 15, 2013

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Field to Market logoThe Field to Market alliance is preparing to release a water quality metric to its Fieldprint Calculator. This update includes the integration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Water Quality Index and can help growers better understand how their farming systems and practices affect the quality of water flowing off their fields.

“The time, landscape and community in which farmers grow their crops, along with their management decisions and skills regarding inputs and production practices, all play a part in the profitability of a farming operation,” said Keith Alverson, NCGA’s board representative to Field to Market. “No farmer wants to leave dollars on the field, and the water quality metric in the Fieldprint Calculator will help determine if we are boosting yields enough to cover things like extra fertilizer costs or soil loss. While profitability is import, longevity is a greater priority.”

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