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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06-15-20 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) June 15, 2020 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1  discussing several topics on the national and state levels, including

  • Recent Wild Weather in NE Colorado (Macrobursts, Hail)
  • 20-1420 – Fee to remove Ag Sales Tax Break Repeal – July 1st\
  • This Year’s Legislative Process is on Fast Forward and its Shutting The People Out
  • 20-217 Law Enforcement Reform
  • 20-1427 Cigarette Tax
  • Egg Bill – Cage Free – Cage Size
  • Homestead Property Tax Exemption
  • Livestock Market Manipulation Resolution
  • 20-163 Vaccination Bill
  • Emergency Fund Concerns
  • & More

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

05-18-20 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) May 18, 2020 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1  discussing several topics on the national and state levels, including

  • Happy Birthday Senator Sonnenberg!
  • COVID-19 Impacts Continue
  • Concerns regarding Gov Polis Executive Powers
  • Recent Op-Ed “Polis failure put rural communities at risk”
  • Thoughts on U.S. House chooses to vote by Proxy
  • Gov Polis Executive Order to HALT signature collection for ballot initiatives – Is it a violation of the State Constitution?
  • Concerns regarding CDPHE Influence & Impact on Colorado’s Economy & their Powers during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Concerns about CDPHE altering Death Certificates
  • CO Republican House Membership sends Letter to Speaker Becker concerning Gov Polis Executive Powers
  • Meatpacking Plants Up & Running – Limited Capacity that is…Impacts on the Cattle & Hog Industry
  • Rural Hospitals: Staff Layoffs & more
  • Field Hospitals Not being Used at The Ranch and the Colorado Convention Center
  • Will Schools & Colleges Reopen this Fall & reaction to Gov Polis’ statement on Fox News over the weekend
  • CO State Legislature Delayed Again until May 26th (CO State Budget needs to be completed by the end of June – Might see smaller Agenda with the delay)
  • Thoughts on US Space Command will be at Peterson Airbase for next years and Final decision will be made by Jan 2021
  • Thoughts about the passing of former CSU Ext Agent Mick Livingston & former State Senator Jack Taylor
  • & More

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

05-18-20 Op-Ed from CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg “Polis failure put rural communities at risk”

Op-Ed from CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg “Polis failure put rural communities at risk”

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May 18, 2020 – STERLING , CO – King Jared and Dean Williams have failed to protect Sterling Correctional Facility, leaving the residents of Northeast Colorado vulnerable. Safe in their ivory towers, the governor and his executive director of Colorados Department of Corrections sit congratulating themselves while the citizens of Northeastern Colorado are left to correct the mess of their colossal failures.

Governor Polis and Jill Ryan – his Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment right-hand henchwoman – issued a Stay-at-Home order on March 25th yet continued to move inmates in and out of prisons until April 10th. This unbelievable oversight put our prison workers, inmates, and communities at risk for more than two weeks. Continue reading

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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04-20-20 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 20, 2020 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1  discussing several topics on the national and state levels, including

  • COVID-19 Update and its effect on Colorado
  • Thoughts on the Trump Administration’s “Re-Open America Plan”
  • State Legislators & County Officials Sending Letter to CO Governor Polis
  • Reaction to USDA Secretary Perdue’s $19B COVID Aid for Agriculture
  • Thoughts on Gov Polis’ “Mandatory Mask” Executive Order
  • YOUR Stimulus Check – Donation Suggestion
  • State Legislature set to resume May 18th
  • Colorado Crisis Services – Help When You Need it
  • Final thoughts

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

04-07-20 ICYMI: Op-Ed from CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg “The Supreme Court Missed This One”

ICYMI: Op-Ed from CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg “The Supreme Court Missed This One”

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STERLING, CO – April 7, 2020 – The Colorado Supreme Court has decided with a 4-to-3 vote that when the Governor declares an emergency, Colorados Constitution can be ignored.

The Majority found that the amendment to the Constitution detailing legislative session length is ambiguous, and that the legislative rule applied when the Governor declared a health emergency could be followed instead of the Constitution.  That’s right: a joint rule of the General Assembly has been found to be superior, legally, to the Constitution.

Here’s what the Constitution says: regular sessions of the general assembly shall not exceed one hundred and twenty calendar days.

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04-06-20 CSU – Golden Plains Extension: Staying healthy during Cold, Flu, and Pneumonia season

CSU – Golden Plains Extension: Staying healthy during Cold, Flu, and Pneumonia season

HOLYOKE, CO – APRIL 6, 2020 – With the recent outbreaks in different respiratory diseases, it is good to know the differences between a cold, flu, and pneumonia and when to stay home or seek medical care.  The common cold and flu are both respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses.  Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs’ air sacs (alveoli) which causes inflammation and may cause the sacs to fill will fluid or pus. Continue reading

03-16-20 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) March 16, 2020 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1  discussing several topics on the national and state levels, including

  • COVID-19 Recess Status
  • Concerns over beef packers wreaking havoc on the Beef Industry
  • Gov Polis shuttering private industry (ie. Ski Resorts)
  • What other powers of Gov Polis should citizens be concerned about?
  • National & State Emergency Declarations
  • Status of Legislation PRIOR to COVID-19 Recess (COOL, Pesticide Bills & Conservation Easements)
  • Final thoughts

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

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

03-06-20 CSU Golden Plains Area Extension: Tis’ the season for a lot of Bull…

CSU Golden Plains Area Extension: Tis the season for a lot of Bull…..

WRAY, CO – March 6, 2020 – You can always tell when the first of the year rolls around in the cattle business. This is the time of year when your mailbox fills with bull sale flyers, catalogs, and every newspaper or cattle twice as heavy from advertisements. These ads feature calving ease bulls, bulls to improve your weaning weights, bulls with superior carcass traits, maternal bulls, and the list goes on.  We also can expect to see indices with expected progeny difference (EPD) for every trait you can imagine.  Buyers should be able to get a bull purchased, but there are some things every “bull buyer” should think about to help make that purchase more successful. Continue reading

02-17-20 Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

Inside the BARN with CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg…

(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) February 17, 2020 – Joining me inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network is CO Senator Jerry Sonnenberg from District 1  discussing several topics on the national and state levels.

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

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.

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