01-04-16 CSU Ext Golden Plains Area: 5000 Pound Per Acre Sunflower!

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Scientific advancements in sunflower genetics have improved yields tremendously over the years.  This is especially evident when production conditions have few hindrances, as was the case during the 2015 growing season at one of Colorado State University’s sunflower test sites.  The irrigated sunflower test site near Prospect Valley, Colorado delivered exceptional data sets with two separate variety trials averaging more than 3,600 pounds per acre.  In fact, while one commercial hybrid yielded 4,767 pounds per acre, a second confection experimental hybrid yielded 4,998.8 (adjusted to 10% moisture) at the same site, just missing the 5,000 pound per acre mark.  Clearly when employing best production practices, coupled with an accommodating environment and advanced genetics, sunflower producers are not far from producing 5,000 pound per acre.

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10-26-15 CSU Ext Golden Plains Area: Neuropathy and Foot Care for Diabetes…

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Make plans to participate Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. for the fourth in a series of diabetes related webinars to be broadcast in numerous locations across Northeast Colorado.  The webinars allow people to learn about a variety of topics and interact live with the professionals presenting the information.

This fourth webinar will be presented by Dr. Thomas Hecker, O.D., recently associated with the Orthopaedic and Spine Center of the Rockies, and now has his own practice, Hecker Sports and Regenerative Medicine in Ft Collins.  Dr. Hecker provides foot and ankle podiatry care for people of all ages with various injuries and conditions, including diabetes and its complications for foot and ankle health.  Dr. Hecker holds board certification through the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.  Prior to joining OCR in 2001, Dr. Hecker was in private practice for 6 years in Scottsbluff, NE. Continue reading

08-10-15 CSU Ext Golden Plains Area: Seed Treatments Strongly Recommended for the Wheat Crop…

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As the wheat planting season approaches, it is recommended that growers treat seed with a fungicide before planting.  Seed treatments control seed-transmitted diseases that lower yield and grain quality.  These diseases include common bunt (also known as stinking smut) and loose smut. Continue reading

04-06-15 CSU Ext Golden Plains Area: Check out Kit Carson County’s Newest Weather Station!

CSU Extension Golden Plains Area logoCSU Ron Meyer Weather Station 040615Pictured is Colorado State University’s Extension Agent, Ron Meyer alongside a rebuilt Campbell Scientific weather station. The station is located south of Seibert and will be named Seibert 1.  The new station is part of CSU’s Colorado Agricultural Meteorology network (CoAgMet) and is supported by local private funding.  The station is part of a team of 4 weather stations located within Kit Carson County.  To access weather data generated from this pool of stations go to: coagmet.com and access monthly summaries.

12-22-15 CSU Ext Golden Plains Area: Pesticide Applicators Recertification Meetings in February 2016…

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Colorado State University Extension is announcing the cancellation of 2 Private Pesticide Recertification sessions.  The Burlington (Feb 11) and Yuma (Feb 10) locations will be cancelled. In addition, the Commercial Pesticide Recertification session scheduled at the Washington County Extension office on February 12 in the afternoon is also cancelled.

Continuing, however, are private applicator recertification sessions in Ft. Morgan, Julesburg, and the morning session at Akron.

For more information contact the Kit Carson County Extension office at 719-346-5571.


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.  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.

Locations and times are as follows:

  • Feb. 8 – 8:30 a.m., CSU Extension Office in Ft. Morgan – Private Pesticide recertification
  • Feb. 9 – 8:30 a.m., Sedgwick County Fairgrounds in Julesburg – Private Pesticide recertification
  • CANCELLED Feb. 10 – 8:30 a.m., Irrigation Research Farm in Yuma – Private Pesticide recertification
  • CANCELLED  Feb. 11 – 8:30 a.m., Burlington Community Center in Burlington – Private Pesticide recertification
  • Feb. 12 – 8:30 a.m., Washington County Extension Office in Akron – Private Pesticide recertification
  • CANCELLED Feb. 12 – 1:30 p.m., Washington County Extension Office in Akron – Commercial Pesticide recertification (101, 102, 103, 107)

Registration can be accomplished by registering online at:  http://goldenplains.colostate/edu/.  Registration fees are $45 per person for each session (private recertification) and $50 per person for the commercial recertification.  On-site registrations are also possible by cash, check or by credit card.  The fee for walk-ins is $55.  However, for walk-ins please contact Ron Meyer to make sure we have space for you on the day you choose to attend.  Contact Ron Meyer at 719-346-5571 for more information.

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Colorado State University – Golden Plains Area Extension’s Ron F. Meyer, CSU Area Agronomist, Phone:  719-346-5571, E-mail:  rf.meyer@colostate.edu