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

06-02-17 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

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

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

02-02-17 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

01-24-17 CSU SEA Extension: HELPING CHILDREN IN TOUGH TIMES

 

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

When money becomes scarce, the whole family, from children to parents, can feel the pinch. We may have limited or no control over the causes of financial difficulties, but we control our responses.  Discuss money problems in a way that lessens stress and anxiety in children. Talk to them about your family’s situation in a way the child can understand. Do not keep the income loss a secret from children and other family members, despite the urge to spare them or “save face”. Continue reading