*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
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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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.
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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
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
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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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
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
*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
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