Members of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) met with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue this week at Sakata Farms to discuss the biggest challenges facing their farms. Also participating in the discussion were Governor John Hickenlooper and Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Brown.
"Securing qualified, legal labor for relatively short harvest seasons was by far the number one issue discussed with the secretary," said Robert Sakata, Sakata Farms, who is CFVGA president.
Supply chain provider Savage Companies, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and grain and milling firm Bartlett and Company, based in Kansas City, Missouri, are pleased to announce the planned merger of their businesses to form a new combined entity, Savage Enterprises. Together, Savage and Bartlett have more than 180 years of experience providing transportation, logistics and materials management services for customers across multiple industries, with a focus on energy and agriculture.
Hot and dry conditions accelerated fieldwork and planting activities last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Precipitation late last week was mostly confined to northern and some eastern counties.
Northeastern county reporters observed damaging hail and isolated heavy rainfall, although moisture continued to improve dryland crop and rangeland conditions. In east central counties, those who haven't received moisture noted the winter wheat was severely stressed. High winds were also reported.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is beginning to collect data from more than 50,000 farmers and ranchers, for its annual Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). The survey looks at all aspects of U.S. agricultural production, including farm financial well-being, chemical usage, and various farm characteristics. In 2018, the survey will take a closer look at soybean and beef cattle production in the United States.
Winter wheat production in Colorado, based on conditions as of May 1, 2018, is forecast at 83.60 million bushels, according to the May 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. This forecast is 4 percent below last year's production of 86.86 million bushels and 20 percent below the 105.12 million bushel crop produced two years ago. Acreage for harvest, forecast at 2.20 million acres, is 180,000 acres more than a year ago.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture's State Veterinarian's Office has released the quarantine associated with an Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) case in Weld County. Only one horse tested positive for the virus during the investigation. Horse owners are encouraged to maintain disease prevention practices to help keep their equine herd healthy.
Significant moisture received in several counties helped improve range and dryland crop conditions last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.
Lamar Community College freshmen in the Horse Training & Management (HTM) and Equine Business Management (EBM) programs demonstrated their hard work from this past year during the Spring Horse Show.
Friends and family of the students as well as horse owners watched as each student performed reining patterns and additional horsemanship skills to demonstrate what they have learned during the academic year as well as how well they have applied that knowledge to training their horses.