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

12-16-19 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) December 16, 2019 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1  discussing several topics including:

To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below…

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As mentioned within the interview…For help with any mental health, substance use or emotional concern—for you, or someone you know—call Colorado Crisis Services at 844-493-TALK (8255), or text TALK to 38255. Our trained counselors provide immediate and confidential help, 24/7/365. For more information, or to find a crisis services walk-in center, visit ColoradoCrisisServices.org.

To learn more about CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg – CLICK HERE

12-06-19 CSU Golden Plains Area Extension: Beef Quality Assurance and Transport Certification

CSU Golden Plains Area Extension: Beef Quality Assurance and Transport Certification

WRAY, CO – December 6, 2019 – The national Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification is not new to cattlemen, in fact it has been in existence since 1987.  The first National Beef Quality Audit was conducted in 1991 with the most recent completed in 2016.

“The nationally coordinated and state implemented BQA program focuses on all segments of the beef industry, including focused training for transporters as well as self-assessments for cow/calf, stocker and feeder operations,” says Colorado BQA coordinator Libby Bigler. “Now more than ever, consumers show concern for issues pertaining to animal welfare and environmental sustainability, and the BQA program is committed to addressing such topics in order for the cattle industry to continue meeting ever-changing consumer expectations.”  

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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.

Locations and times are as follows: Continue reading

11-20-19 CSU Golden Plains Area Extension: Cattle and All Those Ears

CSU Golden Plains Area Extension: Cattle and All Those Ears

WRAY, CO – NOV 20, 2019 – The high plains winds caused havoc with this current corn harvest.  Corn loss in some fields is being reported between 20 to 60 bushel, and up to 80 per acre in extreme cases.  Although not ideal, this does provide grazing opportunities for cattle producers willing to manage fields with extreme amounts of corn available.  It is important to remember that management is the key.  Cattle are able to acclimate to high corn diets, but engorging on corn will cause lactic acidosis as the rumen microbial population is changed to rapidly.  In short it can be fatal or cause cattle lasting negative production effects. Continue reading

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.

In order to take a commercial pesticide applicator exam, you must follow these steps: Continue reading

11-20-19 CSU – Golden Plains Extension: Are You a Senior or Caring for an Aging Loved One?

CSU – Golden Plains Extension: Are You a Senior or Caring for an Aging Loved One?

Share your thoughts and help your community!  The Northeast Colorado Senior Access Points project wants to know how you find resources for seniors and resources to assist in care for an aging loved one.  At this beginning phase we’re gathering input from seniors, professional working with seniors, family/friends who are caring for senior, etc.  We need more input from people in all corners of our area/counties – because accessing senior activities and services looks very different for people in Idalia, Joes, Kirk, Flagler, Ovid, Cope, Last Chance, Peetz, and Fleming…

Please take 5 minutes to answer this survey.  Your feedback will help to build a region-wide outreach effort to connect Northeast Colorado residents to local aging-related resources.  More input is needed from Sedgwick, Phillips, Yuma, Washington, Kit Carson, Logan and Morgan counties! Continue reading

11-18-19 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) November 18, 2019 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1  discussing several topics including:

To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below…

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As mentioned within the interview…For help with any mental health, substance use or emotional concern—for you, or someone you know—call Colorado Crisis Services at 844-493-TALK (8255), or text TALK to 38255. Our trained counselors provide immediate and confidential help, 24/7/365. For more information, or to find a crisis services walk-in center, visit ColoradoCrisisServices.org.

To learn more about CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg – CLICK HERE

10-28-19 Op-Ed from CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg

Op-Ed from CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, “No on both CC and DD”

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STERLING, CO – October 28, 2019 @ 5am MT – In an era of money-hungry government, this election cycle seeks to move us further down a path asking taxpayers to give more, fund more, pay more.

Water has long been at the forefront of my agenda over the duration of my career in the state legislature. I have served as the Water Committee Chairman several times and have become one of those “water guys” from whom others seek information.

I have remained publicly neutral on Proposition DD as several questions were not answered. Instead, I proposed policy changes to require transparency. Those questions remain unclear and any transparency policy has so far been rejected.

This proposition asks permission to add sports betting to Colorado’s current list of approved games, in response to the 2018 Supreme Court ruling that individual states can authorize betting on sports. I know people who already bet using their smart phones.

Voters are asked to approve that list and then allow a tax on sports betting with the revenue going to the “Water Plan.”

On the surface this seems great: we need to make sure we have funding available to build storage and keep Colorado’s water in Colorado. Except, just like Prop CC, the legislature can raid funds set aside for water and use them for something else. And they have in the past – since 2002, $322 million dollars specified for water projects has been spent elsewhere.

If Prop CC fails and Prop DD passes, will the legislature take the money they had hoped would be generated by Proposition CC to fund the ongoing government overspending? The law says they can!

Let’s assume that we can trust the legislature to spend this money on the “Water Plan.” Will that money be used to build storage? Or will it fund other projects such as removing water from agriculture for recreation or instream flows or urban growth? A past director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board has been quoted saying that some rivers need to be 100% owned by the state to meet the agency’s conservation goals. That scares me and it should scare agriculture!

Most recently, as I try to decide if this is a good policy for Colorado, I can’t help but focus on the questions that are not being answered. It would appear that there are some hidden agendas involved.

To me, it boils down to this: should gamblers be made to fund our water needs? Should we raise taxes on something like gambling to replace a noticeable reduction in water funds used because of the curtailed oil and gas production? Can we trust the legislature to spend this money on what it is promised for?

I can’t answer yes to any of those questions.

Jerry Sonnenberg
Colorado Senate District 1
     4465 CR 63
     Sterling, CO 80751
     970.581.8648

To learn more about CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg – CLICK HERE

10-21-19 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) October 21, 2019 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1  discussing several topics including:

To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below…

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As mentioned within the interview…For help with any mental health, substance use or emotional concern—for you, or someone you know—call Colorado Crisis Services at 844-493-TALK (8255), or text TALK to 38255. Our trained counselors provide immediate and confidential help, 24/7/365. For more information, or to find a crisis services walk-in center, visit ColoradoCrisisServices.org.

To learn more about CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg – CLICK HERE

10-01-19 Op-Ed from CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, “Does the Government Need Any More Of Your Money?”

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Op-Ed from CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, “Does the Government Need Any More Of Your Money?”

Do you look forward to an annual tax refund check? Or do you want to donate your tax refund to the government? That is just what Referendum CC is asking you to do – forever.

It says “without raising taxes” and technically, there is no tax rate increase but the government will keep more of your money which means you will pay more in taxes and have less in your bank account to spend on things that you or your family might need.

The politicians hope that you don’t remember that when Referendum C passed in 2005, it was to go to education and highways. Funny how, now, Referendum CC is to go for basically the same things. Continue reading

09-27-19 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) September 27, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and Farm Cast Radio inside The BARN is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, R-District 1  discussing several topics including:

To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below…

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To learn more about CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg – CLICK HERE

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

08-19-19 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) August 19, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and Farm Cast Radio inside The BARN is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, R-District 1  discussing several topics including:

To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below…

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CO SENATOR JERRY SONNENBERG’S BIOGRAPHY Continue reading

08-14-19 CSU – Golden Plains Extension: Controlling common Mullein and Canada Thistle

CSU – Golden Plains Extension:

Controlling common Mullein and Canada Thistle

Written by: John Spring, Area Extension Agent, Julesburg CO

Due to the wet springs we’ve had, common mullein and Canada thistle have been especially prolific the last several years. With seed-heads and flowers on the plants now, both weeds are at their most noticeable growth stage in infested areas. While relatively easy to find at this time of year, it is not the best time to try to control them. Once they enter their reproductive stage (begin growing flowering stalks) both plants become much less vulnerable to herbicides. In mullein, all available resources are devoted towards the developing seed, and at this point it is simply too late to get an effective kill with chemical. In thistle, the flow of resources is directed towards seed development as well. When herbicides are applied, they follow this flow and will not reach the roots. Top growth may be burned off to some extent, but the plant quickly regrows from below. It is a good idea to mark or map out patches of these weeds at this time of year while they are easy to see, but spraying or other control measures are usually not effective enough to be worth the cost. For both weeds, waiting until fall (for thistle) or even next spring (for mullein) is usually the best course of action. Continue reading

07-17-19 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) July 17, 2019 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network and Farm Cast Radio inside The BARN is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, R-District 1  discussing several topics including:

  • Recap Canada’s Rural Legislative Conference
  • Thoughts on Importance of Getting Trade Deals Done
  • USDA’s DMC & MFP 2.0 Payments
  • Thoughts on BLM’s Move to Grand Junction
  • Interim Senate Committee Work
  • Reaction to CDA Commissioner’s recent comments about word changes for Commercial Applicators Rules
  • CDA vs Three Commercial Pesticide Applicators Update
  • Thoughts on Gov Polis threats for a Special Session
  • Potential Ballot Initatives (Gray Wolf & Electoral College)
  • Thoughts on Recal Efforts
  • Thoughts on TSGTA’s New Responsible Energy Plan
  • County Fairs & Harvest Time – Driving Safety this time of Year
  • & More

To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below…

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