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

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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



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


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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CDA: Annual Publication Promotes Colorado Hay

BROOMFIELD, Colo. –The 2018 Colorado Hay Directory, published by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, is now available.
“With dry conditions in Colorado and across the country, this publication helps connect horse and livestock owners with the hay they need,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “It is a valuable resource for both producers and buyers.” Continue reading

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