03-05-18 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Testing Dormant Wheat for Life…

Testing Dormant Wheat for Life

BURLINGTON, CO – Environmental conditions affect plant growth in many ways.  Conditions that are too dry or too wet, too cold or too hot can all affect wheat production and survival.  Determining whether wheat plants are alive in the spring due to adverse growing conditions should be done before spending production dollars on those acres.

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02-16-18 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Pest Sweep!

*CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Pest Sweep!

BURLINGTON, CO – Dates and locations for Pest Sweep pesticide drop-offs are:Colorado State University Extension will be hosting a pesticide pick up program at various locations within the Golden Plains Area and Morgan County.  The program will accept any pesticide delivered to us and properly dispose them through a hazardous waste contractor.  Charges for any product dropped off will be $7 per pound.  Both liquid and solid pesticides will be accepted. Continue reading

01-26-18 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Kyrgyzstan Agriculture

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Kyrgyzstan Agriculture courtesy of Wikipedia

BURLINGTON, CO – Agricultural production practices vary widely even from county to county, but half-way around the world from here agricultural production is accomplished completely different. Last year I was invited to assist farmers in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan. This former Soviet country ceded from Russia during the Soviet Union collapse in 1991. At that time, the people in Kyrgyzstan decided their government should not be a communist dictatorship, but rather a republic type government. Thus, the Kyrgyz Republic, as they refer to themselves, today is a sovereign country in Central Asia and have now elected their 4th president in the country’s 27 year history. Kyrgyzstan is a land-locked country with mountainous terrain. It shares borders with Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and China. Due to the mountains that occupy much of the northern part of the country, most of the agriculture occurs in wide, rich river valleys in the southern areas and is irrigated. Bread is a staple in this country and the Fergana Valley (the southern part of the country where I was assigned) should be a “bread basket” for Central Asia, but the region lacks agricultural technology. As a result, Kyrgyzstan is forced to import nearly 30% of its wheat needs, making it food dependent on other countries. Part of the issue is that their agricultural training centers are few and are not producing highly technically trained agriculturalists. A land grant university system does not exist there. I was invited to assist with agricultural technology transfer. Continue reading

12-19-17 CSU SEA Extension: “Tillage, Sometimes Less Is More”

CSU SEA Extension: “Tillage, Sometimes Less Is More”

Growing up on a flood irrigated farm under the Fort Lyon Canal, nothing seemed more pleasing to the eye than a freshly tilled field with clean straight furrows ready for irrigation.   However, over the past 20 years soil scientist and agronomist have been touting the benefits of crop residue and reduced tilling.  Research has overwhelmingly confirmed that reduced tillage leads to improved soil health and water infiltration.   Reduced and minimal tillage strategies are now the rule rather the exception on the majority of the dryland acres in Eastern Colorado.   Converting flood irrigated fields to center pivot irrigation has allowed some irrigated farmers to reduce tillage on the converted acres as well, but not all farms and fields are a good fit for a center pivot.  Although implementing reduced tillage strategies on land with furrow flood irrigation is challenging it is not impossible.   Continue reading

08-07-17 CSU SEA Extension: “Rabies on the Rise”

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Last  week the Colorado Department of Agriculture Animal Health
Division sent out a release indicating that the number of reported rabies cases
in Colorado was on the rise in 2017.

So far in 2017, 93 animals have tested positive. Sixty of those animals are
known to have exposed domestic pets, livestock, and humans. Early in the
summer (March, April, and May), skunks were the primary source of positive
labs tests. Since that time (May, June, and July) bats have taken the lead in
positive test results. Other wildlife (coyotes, foxes, etc.) are scattered
throughout the year. As would probably be expected the domestic animals,
specifically dogs, show a spike in positive test that correlates with the spike in
skunk positive test results. Continue reading

06-23-17 *CSU Ext News* Ron Meyer: Grain Bin Safety

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Break up crusted grain from the outside of the bin with a long pole. When using a pole, check to see that it doesn’t come into contact with electric lines.Whenever possible, don’t enter a grain bin. If you must enter the bin, as a farm owner/operator you should:

  • Wear a harness attached to a properly secured rope.
  • Stay near the outer wall of the bin and keep walking if the grain should start to flow. Get to the bin ladder or safety rope as quickly as possible.
  • Always have another person, preferably two people, outside the bin who can help if you become entrapped.
  • Grain fines and dust may cause difficulty in breathing. Anyone working in a grain bin, especially for the purpose of cleaning the bin, should wear an appropriate dust filter or filter respirator.
  • Always stay out of grain bins, wagons and grain trucks when unloading equipment is running.
  • If it is necessary to enter the bin, remember to shut off the power to augers and fans. It is a good idea to lock out any unloading equipment before you enter a bin to prevent someone from unintentionally starting the equipment while you are in the bin.
  • Children should never be allowed to play in or around grain bins, wagons or truck beds.
  • Where possible, ladders should be installed inside grain bins to for an emergency exit. Ladders are easier to locate inside a dusty bin if there are brightly painted stripes just above or behind the ladder.
  • It only takes 25 seconds for a 6 ft., 180 pound man to become submerged in grain.
  • It takes 625 pounds of force to remove a 180 pound man submerged in grain from the neck down.
  • If you become trapped in a bin of flowing grain with nothing to hold onto but you are still able to walk, stay near the outside wall. Keep walking until the bin is empty or grain flow stops. If you are covered by flowing grain, cup your hands over your mouth, and take short breaths until help arrives.

Source: University of Illinois Extension, University of Minnesota Extension

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06-02-17 CSU SEA Extension: “Firewise Tips for Homeowners”

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Last fall, with the concern of continued dry weather, the Crowley County Commissioners and the local Colorado State University Extension office in Crowley County printed a brochure obtained from the Firewise website (http://www.firewise.org/wildfire-preparedness/teaching-tools/brochures-andbooklets.aspx):

How to Have a Firewise Home. With the wildfires that occurred in Colorado late last summer and with the much needed moisture we have received this spring, we would again like to remind homeowners to be aware of what they can do to protect their home in the event of a wildfire.

The Firewise Toolkit has a Homeowners Checklist that is also included within the brochure as well. The following tips are recommendations for all homeowners: Continue reading

05-02-17 *CSU Ext News* Freeze Injury on Wheat by R.F. Meyer

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Leaf burn from freeze damage. By itself, this is cosmetic damage only. Photos by Jim Shroyer, K-State Research and Extension.

Freeze Injury on Wheat by R.F. Meyer

Freezing temperatures can affect wheat fields within the Colorado High Plains Region some seasons.  In fields where only some of the tillers have been damaged, there is still plenty of time for undamaged tillers to compensate and minimize any potential yield loss.  However, frost damaged wheat heads will be permanently damaged.  Wheat heads emerging white in color indicate frost damage and will not produce seeds.

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05-01-17 *CSU Ext News* WHEAT UPDATE

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Wheat Update

Dr. Kirk Broders, Plant Pathologist, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management and RF Meyer Area Extension Agronomist, Colorado State University

Wheat field observations have been taking place throughout northeast Colorado this spring from various on-farm testing sites.   We’ve been looking for wheat pest production issues and have found various pests.  Evidence of Brown Wheat Mite was found at numerous locations.  However, this dry weather wheat insect pest was controlled by the late March precipitation received and is no longer an issue in the current production year.  One field had Russian Wheat Aphid, but it was found below economic treatment levels.  Cutworm damage was not observed at locations inspected.  Continue reading

04-13-17 CSU-SEA Ext: Arthritis and Agriculture


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Arthritis and Agriculture

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By Jeramy McNeely

CSU Extension Agent

According to recent studies, arthritis affects approximately one-third of all adult farm and ranch operations and is considered one of the leading causes of disability by customers of the USDA AgrAbility Project.  It tends to affect most ag industry workers in their hands, knees, and hips mainly because these are the joints that take the most pressure.

Trauma to these joints in relation to farming and ranching occurs when jumping off tractors, being kicked by large livestock, or constant bending when milking cows.  It can also occur from repetitive motions such as gripping tools, walking on cement floors, or locking knees when riding in vibrating machinery all day.

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03-16-17 CSU SEA Extension: Four Smart Uses for Your Tax Refund


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Four Smart Uses for Your Tax Refund

By: Kaye Kasza, CSU Extension Agent, Kaye.kasza@colostate.edu or 719-456-0764

Are you looking forward to getting a tax refund?  A tax refund is a welcome bonus!  Whether it is $300 or $3,000, the way you use that money can have a real impact on your personal and financial well-being.  Want a new computer?  Newer car?  Bigger flat screen TV?  According to Extension Agent Kaye Kasza, these four ideas are better for your financial well-being: Continue reading

03-06-17 CSU’s Golden Plains Extension: Testing Wheat for Life

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Testing Wheat for Life

(Burlington, CO) March 6, 2017 – Environmental conditions affect plant growth in many ways.  Conditions that are too dry or too wet, too cold or too hot can all affect wheat production and survival.  Determining whether wheat plants are alive in the spring due to adverse growing conditions should be done before spending production dollars on those acres. Visual inspection: Continue reading

02-17-17 Managing in Tough Times Part 4: Current Financial Situation Unfolding in Colorado’s Production Agriculture

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Managing in Tough Times Part 4: Current Financial Situation Unfolding in Colorado’s Production Agriculture
(NOTE: Guest article by Dr. Norm Dalsted, Professor and Extension Farm/Ranch Management Economist.  Dr. Dalsted works out of the Peaks to Plains Regional office in Pueblo and may be contacted at: (719) 545-1845.)

The current agricultural economy is facing difficult times with low commodity prices and the drought conditions facing much of the state’s agricultural lands.  For the majority of farmers and ranchers the ability to breakeven this year is not possible even with record wheat and corn yields.  At this time wheat prices are $2.70 to $3.05 depending on the region of the state while corn prices also vary but are in the $2.60 to $3.10 range.  For many producers the breakeven price is well above the current and harvest prices they have or could have received. This will create a significant shortfall in their ability to cover this past year’s costs of production and certainly jeopardize their ability to acquire operating capital for the upcoming crop year.  Some may need to offer existing equity in their operation to offset the inability to pay off their line of credit (operating monies). Continue reading

02-17-17 CSU’s Golden Plains Extension: Retirement Plans for Self-Employed and Small Business

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Retirement Plans for Self-Employed and Small Business

Saving for retirement is one of the major goals of personal and family savings efforts emphasized by America Saves Week www.americasaves.org. This has been much easier for people working for an employer that offers retirement benefits.  However; retirement planning for the entrepreneur has been primarily growing net worth through the years. Then, someday selling out and retiring on the proceeds of the sale. However, if you want to pass down some wealth to your children or grandchildren, this selling out option creates a large debt burden on your family. What other options are there?  Continue reading

02-17-17 CSU’s Golden Plains Extension: Commercial Pesticide License Credits Available

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Commercial Pesticide License Credits Available

(Burlington, CO) – Commercial Pesticide licenses are needed for pesticide applicators charging a fee for pesticide services.  Commercial applicator credits are a different category than Private applicator credits.  Applicators licensed in Commercial catagories have an opportunity to collect credits at a program being held at the Akron Extension office (181 Birch st.) on Tuesday February 28th.  The program begins at 8 am and concludes at noon.  Catagories and speakers offered will be: 103 – Agricultural Weed control – Curtis Hildebrandt, 109 – Right of Way Weed Control – Rick Roehm, 206 – Turf Pest Control – Alison O’Conner, and 207- Ornamental Pest Control – Alison O’Conner. Cost for this program is $50 for the session.

Pre-registration is required and can be accomplished by registering on-line at http://goldenplains.colostate.edu/ or by contacting the Colorado State University Extension office in Burlington at 719-346-5571. Deadline to register is February 23rd.  To ensure adequate space for everyone, pre-registration at this location is required.


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02-06-17 CSU’s Golden Plains Extension: Colorado Seed Growers Millet Meeting in Akron on Feb 24th

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Colorado Seed Growers Millet Meeting in Akron on Feb 24th

(Burlington, Colo.) A meeting to establish a grower organization in support of millet as a commercial crop in Colorado is scheduled to be held on February 24, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at the Central Plains Research Station, 40335 CR GG, Akron, CO.

This will be a meeting to discuss, establish and organize a grower organization that can support millet as a commercial crop in Colorado. Topics that will be discussed are cultivar development, agronomic research, crop insurance needs, and marketing support. Continue reading

02-02-17 Managing in Tough Times Part 3: Sometimes we are our own worst enemy!

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Sometimes we are our own worst enemy!

Written By: Bruce Fickenscher, CSU Extension Agent/Southeast Area, Range and Livestock, 719-688-3043, Email: bruce.fickenscher@colostate.edu

A few years ago I walked into a local eating establishment about this time of year and met a producer walking out.  Of course I asked how he was doing and was informed that he was so tired of feeding cows because of the cold and at that time snow and they were calving.  I said, well if it is so hard why are you doing it and why don’t you change when you do it?  I got a blank looked and he asked back – “well why would we do that?  This is when and how we have always done it.”  How do you respond?  Continue reading