CSU Small Acreage Workshop, April 30th

Join us to discuss some basic topics related to managing your small acreage pastures at the Montrose County Fairgrounds on April 30 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. During this discussion, we will present solutions to the challenges of growing and caring for plants in our arid environment. Learn from professionals about maintaining a healthy property, proper species selection for our climate, keeping noxious weeds in control, and techniques that will improve the value of your land investment. Both beginners and experienced landowners will find value in this workshop presented by CSU Extension, and USDA-NRCS

Follow the link below to sign up:

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Great on farm tours for FFA kids!

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The DCD and Hotchkiss Highschool FFA continued their partnership and took the Hotchkiss AG students for an on farm irrigation systems tour on Friday the 5th of April 2013.   Students toured a pivot irrigation system and a microspray/drip irrigation system on Rogers Mesa in Hotchkiss.  They learned about benefits and drawbacks of these systems as well as scientific tools that some people are using to irrigate more efficiently. Thanks to the producers who have participated in these tours.

DCD Partners with FFA to teach kids about irrigation in the North Fork.

Delta Conservation District board member Cassandra Shenk and DCD IWM Specialist John Miller have been working with the AG Faculty at Hotchkiss High School to bring a series of field days and presentations to interested juniors and seniors on the topic of irrigation in the north fork valley.   Friday march 29th marked our first of three student field days with a tour of the Fire Mountain Canal and Paonia Reservoir.  Much thanks to Trey Dennison for the spectacular information provided on the tour.

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Alfalfa growing on drip system.

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2013 will be the second season of growing alfalfa on subsurface drip at the CSU Experimental Farm.  So far this seems to be successful with the one major problem encountered being difficulty in establishing germination.  Germination had to be achieved via gated pipe or sprinklers then the irrigation was switched to drip.

Time to Start Thinking About Irrigation for the 2013 Season.

The 2013 Irrigation Season will be starting soon.  Just today i saw a number of canals near Delta have started flowing.  This year is looking like it will be another hot dry one, and with low reservoir storage people are going to be even more interested in making every drop count than they were last year.  If you have any questions about the most efficient way to run your irrigation system then please contact the Delta Conservation District, or contact John Miller at 874-5726 ext. 119.  Remember to clean your screens and watch for leaky valves, gates and pipe joints.  Every little bit helps!