07-09-20 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: CSU Wheat Test Harvest

*CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Colorado State University Wheat Test Harvest

BURLINGTON, CO –Colorado State University (CSU)  wheat testing trials are currently being harvested with specialized combines made for small experiment harvests.  Pictured above are a few of the testing combines used for trials.  The top photo shows a CSU wheat breeding team combine.  This trial was located on the Michael Hinkhouse farm north of Burlington along hwy 385.  The bottom photo show Ron Meyer, Area Extension Agronomist, harvesting a wheat experiment aboard a refurbished 1975 Hege combine. The CSU Agronomy team is testing approximately 1000 wheat varieties locally, most being experimental.  The goal is to find the top producing varieties and release those to area producers.

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05-14-20 CDA’s Annual Colorado Hay Directory Now Accepting Listings

CDA’s Annual Colorado Hay Directory Now Accepting Listings

Broomfield, CO; May 14, 2020 – The Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting listings for the 2020 Colorado Hay Directory. The annual publication connects hay producers with buyers.
“Every year livestock owners from across the state and nation call requesting information about Colorado hay,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “We are excited to have a publication that helps producers market their hay and serves as a resource for the livestock industry.”
The listing fee is $25, and the deadline is June 15, 2020. The listing form is available at www.coloradoagriculture.com or by contacting the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The directory will be available in August at www.coloradoagriculture.com/hay, through CSU Extension offices and various horse and livestock associations in the state, as well as at agricultural events.
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03-11-20 CSU Golden Plains Extension: Certified Crop Advisor

CSU Golden Plains Extension: Certified Crop Advisor

BURLINGTON, CO – Many professions require a license to practice including medicine, engineering, and accounting along with others. Agronomists are no different except that their licensing is voluntary. The Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) program is a professional agricultural certification that requires agronomists to pass two comprehensive exams. The CCA program is administered by the American Society of Agronomy and local state CCA boards. These exams test for expertise in nutrient management, integrated pest management, soil and water management, and crop management. In addition, once licensed, Certified Crop Advisors are required to earn 40 or more hours of continuing education credits ever two years. As a result, while earning those 40 continuing education credits, Certified Crop Advisors are actively updated with the latest new agricultural technologies and developments. Should a licensed CCA not obtain the 40 continuous education credits over a two year period, then retesting is necessary to keep an active CCA license. Continue reading

01-06-20 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Dicamba Use Requirements

*CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Dicamba Use Requirements

BURLINGTON, CO – Dicamba herbicides continue to be categorized as restricted use when used on tolerant soybeans and requiresextra steps for producers to purchase and use Dicamba. As a result, requirements must be met when applying Dicamba products to crops such as tolerant soybeans. First, as with any restricted-use pesticide, an applicator license (private or commercial) is required to purchase dicamba herbicides. Private or commercial licenses can be obtained by passing the appropriate exams and are administered by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

In addition, extra training is also required to apply specific Dicamba products such as FeXapan®, Engenia®, XtendiMax®, or Tavium®. The training options are accomplished via on-line video classes and are required training when applying Dicamba herbicides to crops such as tolerant soybeans. Following are sites where training can be found: Continue reading

12-20-19 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Top Sorghum Producers Are From Kit Carson County!

Top Sorghum Producers Are From Kit Carson County!

BURLINGTON, CO – Kit Carson County is the home of two state sorghum yield contest winners, with one of them placing nationally.  Justin Livingston (Livingston Farms LLC) placed 3rd in the United States with a dryland sorghum yield of 137.21 bushels per acre.  This entry also placed first in Colorado’s yield contest.  Tim Stahlecker (Triple S Farms) placed 3rd in Colorado’s contest with a dryland sorghum yield of 108.54 bushels per acre.  National placings stop at the top 3.

To view all the winners in the 2019 National Sorghum Producers Yield Contest – CLICK HERE

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12-20-19 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Kit Carson County State Corn Yield Champions!

Kit Carson County State Corn Yield Champions!

BURLINGTON, CO – Three Kit Carson County corn producers placed in the 2019 Colorado corn yield contest.  Placing first in Colorado’s no-till dryland division was Jason Kramer with a dryland yield of 163.9 bushels per acre.  Byron Kramer placed second in the state with a dryland yield of 160.4 bushels per acre.

Placing first in Colorado’s strip-till irrigated division was Brian Hornung with a measured yield of 217.9 bushels per acre.

To view a list of all of the 2019 Winners in the NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest – CLICK HERE

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12-18-19 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Commercial Applicator Credit

Commercial Applicator Credit

Colorado State University is offering 1 commercial pesticide applicator credit in Right of Way Weed Control.  Weed control strategies regarding both broadleaf and grass issues will be taught at this session.  Typical broadleaf issues include kochia, goathead, pigweed, and field bindweed as well as various thistles which include Musk, Canada, and others.  In addition, grass weed control will be addressed with not only sandbur but other grass invaders, as well. Continue reading

12-03-19 CSU Extension Hosting Sunflower Production Meeting in Springfield, CO on Dec 9th

CSU Extension Hosting Sunflower Production Meeting in Springfield, CO on Dec 9th

Colorado State University Extension is hosting its final sunflower production meeting on Monday December 9th at the Minnick Building in Springfield, Colorado. This meeting will begin with a noon lunch. The event will feature Kevin Larson, Colorado State University Plainsman Research Center Agronomist discussing local sunflower agronomic practices and results. Continue reading

11-20-19 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Private Pesticide Re-certification Meetings

Private Pesticide Re-certification Meetings

Colorado State University Extension is hosting Private Pesticide Recertification sessions at various locations in Northeast Colorado.  Anyone who purchases restricted-use pesticides must have a Private Pesticide Applicator license which is issued by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.  Private Applicator license study guides and exams can be obtained either from the Colorado Department of Agriculture or some Extension offices.  This test is also available on-line.  Once a license is received, it is active for 3 years before renewal is needed.  Renewal can be achieved by either retaking the exam or attending a recertification meeting.  These recertification meetings offer credits which can be substituted for retaking the exam.  Licenses that expire prior to obtaining recertification credits will require re-taking the private pesticide exam.

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11-20-19 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: New Commercial Application Pesticide Testing Center

New Commercial Application Pesticide Testing Center

Colorado State University Extension and the Colorado Department of Agriculture are announcing a new testing center for commercial pesticide applicator licensing.  The new location will be the Kit Carson County Extension office located at 817 15th St., Burlington, CO 80807.  This new center will join other Colorado testing sites that individuals can access to take Colorado’s commercial pesticide applicator tests.

Who needs a commercial pesticide applicator license?  Commercial applicator means any person, other than a private applicator, who engages in the business of applying pesticides for hire or operating a device for hire.  In other words, if you apply pesticides for a fee, you are a commercial applicator.  If you apply pesticides on your own farm only, then a private applicators pesticide license is all that is required.

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08-26-19 CDA News: 2019 Colorado Hay Directory provides resources for hay producers and buyers

CDA: 2019 Colorado Hay Directory provides resources for hay producers and buyers

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The 2019 Colorado Hay Directory is now available, connecting hay producers and buyers, and serving as a valuable resource for livestock owners seeking alfalfa, grass, mix or other hay types.
“The Colorado Hay Directory continues to be a valuable resource for both producers and buyers,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “We receive calls from across the state and nation requesting copies of the directory.” Continue reading

06-19-19 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Saving Wheat Seed

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SAVING WHEAT SEED

Throughout the ages, farmers have planted wheat seed saved from their previous crop.  When making seed wheat decisions, they selected the best quality seed from the highest yielding varieties.

With the advent of hybrid crops like corn, farmers discovered that they did not get the advantage of hybrid vigor when they saved their corn seed, the ensuing crop was not uniform, and yields were poor.  It was quickly learned they needed to buy new seed each year of these hybrid crops to maximize yields.  This annual purchase of hybrid seed commercialized the corn seed business and resulted in enormous investment into research and development for improved corn hybrids.  Consequently, technology in corn has benefitted farmers with increased yield potentials.  But what about a non-hybrid crop like wheat? Continue reading

06-05-19 CDA: 2019 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory released listing farmers’ markets, roadside stands, wineries and more

2019 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory released listing farmers’ markets, roadside stands, wineries and more

Broomfield, CO; June 5, 2019 – The Colorado Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce the release of the 2019 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory, a free publication that connects consumers with farmers’ markets, roadside stands, u-picks, wineries and agritourism activities throughout the state.
“For 35 years we have connected producers and consumers through Farm Fresh,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “I love to see how excited everyone gets when local products are readily available.”
The 2019 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory features more than 200 farms, ranches, roadside stands, u-picks and Community Supported Agriculture programs, and 100 farmers’ markets across the state. With 50 new listings this year, Farm Fresh includes farms offering tours, restaurants using local ingredients, wineries, corn mazes, pumpkin patches and farm and ranch vacations. A guide to county fairs, a crop calendar, food and agricultural festivals and tips for picking Colorado produce are also included.
The directory is available at participating libraries, chambers of commerce, welcome centers, visitor centers, Colorado State University Extension offices, businesses, online at www.coloradoagriculture.com/farmfresh and as a mobile app for smartphones. Continue reading

05-16-19 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: WHEAT PRODUCTION AND PROTEIN

*CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: WHEAT PRODUCTION AND PROTEIN

BURLINGTON, CO – Can we influence protein contents with wheat production management strategies?  Many of our wheat fields test low for protein and consequently, price discounts are assessed to wheat loads delivered to elevators.  In the last few years, these discounts have been somewhat large, resulting in significant economic losses.  Some seasons, fields that have acceptable protein levels are paid a premium and as a result, growers are interested in managing wheat fields for better protein levels. Continue reading

05-13-19 CDA accepting listings for 2019 Hay Directory

Colorado Department of Agriculture accepting listings for 2019 Hay Directory
Broomfield, CO; May 13, 2019 – The Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting listings for the 2019 Colorado Hay Directory. The annual publication connects hay producers with buyers.
“This publication continues to be a great way for Colorado producers to promote their hay,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “The directory reaches hay buyers across the state and the nation.”
The listing fee is $25, and the submission deadline is June 14, 2019. Application forms are available at Colorado State University Extension offices across the state or through the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

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04-15-19 CSU SEA Extension Says: Colorado MyPI

SOUTHEAST AREA EXTENSION SAYS…Colorado MyPI

The first class of MyPI (My Preparedness Initiative) was held in Crowley County the first week of April.  A huge thank you goes out to the fire departments in the towns of Crowley and Olney Springs, and especially to Justan Grafel for his coordination and help with class instruction.  MyPI is a national program offered through CSU Extension 4-H designed to train youth, ages 13 to 19, to be prepared for emergency situations.  After instruction, each class member is required to develop a preparedness plan and contact list for their family and six others.  They also have to put together a preparedness kit to be used if they have to shelter in place.  These kits are to include food and supplies for three days. Continue reading

03-07-19 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: AgDrip Program Seeking Participants for 2019

AgDrip Program Seeking Participants for 2019

BURLINGTON, CO – March 7, 2019 – Groundwater use and availability remain key issues for the vitality of our region. In an effort to gather information about how groundwater is used over the course of the growing season and as a result of last year’s successful project, researchers at Colorado State University are once again recruiting paid participants for the Agricultural Data Reporting and Incentives Program (AgDRIP). Continue reading

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