PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

The Delta Conservation District coffee and pie series returns. The Conservation District will conduct the 1st workshop of a 3 part series on March 10th at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center, 531 N. Palmer Street, Delta from 6:30-9PM covering on farm irrigation systems. John Miller, the District’s Irrigation Water Management Specialist, will discuss on farm irrigation options and the advantages and disadvantages of different irrigation systems. Vendor representatives will be on hand to answer questions about their irrigation system offerings. An NRCS representative will cover funding opportunities and the new cost share incentives. An opportunity to provide the NRCS feedback on its incentives and programs will be available. Call to reserve a place and your piece of pie 970-874-5726 X121 or email www.deltaconservationd@gmail.com.

2015-2016 snowpack comparison: What a difference a year makes

Water and Climate Update
January 28, 2016

The Natural Resources Conservation Service produces this weekly report using data and products from the National Water and Climate Center and other agencies. The report focuses on seasonal snowpack, precipitation, temperature, and drought conditions in the U.S.

We are currently about halfway through the snow accumulation season in the West. A comparison of snowpack conditions now versus those of a year ago reveals some significant contrasts.
In the Cascades and Sierra, there was virtually little to no snow in 2015, whereas this year, snowpacks are near to above normal.
Similarly, snowpacks were well below normal in the Southwest (including the circled area of Arizona but also parts of Utah and Colorado to the north) in 2015, whereas now they are above normal.
In Wyoming, we see the opposite contrast. Near to above normal snowpacks in 2015 are well below normal this year. Open the report>>

Colorado Irrigation Guide

Recently I have been fielding a lot of questions about Local ET Rates and ET coefficients for Delta County.   Below is a link to the Colorado Irrigation guide; a supplement to the National Engineering Handbook – Irrigation Guide.

Colorado Irrigation Guide

This is a great resource for those interested in learning more about ET Rates and their everyday application in your area.

2015 is By Far the Warmest Year on Record

2015 is By Far the Warmest Year on Record
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service sent this bulletin at 01/21/2016 02:32 PM EST

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Weekly Water and Climate Update

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Weekly Water and Climate Update
January 21, 2016

The Natural Resources Conservation Service produces this weekly report using data and products from the National Water and Climate Center and other agencies. The report focuses on seasonal snowpack, precipitation, temperature, and drought conditions in the U.S.

From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: The January–December map of temperature anomalies shows that warmer-than-average temperatures occurred across the vast majority of the globe during 2015, combining to bring overall record warmth for 2015, at 0.90°C (1.62°F) above the 20th century average. This easily surpasses the previous record set just last year by 0.16°C (0.29°F). The global temperatures were strongly influenced by the strong El Niño conditions that developed during the year. The 2015 temperature also marks the largest margin by which an annual temperature record has been broken. Prior to this year, the largest margin occurred in 1998, when the annual temperature surpassed the record set in 1997 by 0.12°C (0.22°F). Incidentally, 1997 and 1998 were the last years in which a similarly strong El Niño was occurring. The annual temperature anomalies for 1997 and 1998 were 0.51°C (0.92°F) and 0.63°C (1.13°F), respectively, above the 20th century average, both much lower than the 2015 temperature. Read more>>

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Grass and clover on subsurface drip tape.

This field of grass and clover is being watered by subsurface drip tape.  It takes thirteen hours of water a week and was watered the day before it was cut and the day after with no impact on the hay.  It never dried out and has very little recovery time during haying.  The field next too it is watered with gated pipe and it was hayed on the same schedule.  It is still dead and brown while this field is radiant green.

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