agriculture

CSU Extension Hosting Corn Field Day August 30

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Colorado State University (CSU) Extension and the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) are inviting corn farmers and others interested to attend the upcoming Corn Field Day near Holyoke.  

The event is set for 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30, taking place about 10 miles south of Holyoke on U.S. 385. (From U.S. 385, go west on County Road 2 -- also listed as County Road 60 -- for 2 1/4 miles, and then turn south on the trail at that location.)

31st Annual Colorado Hay Directory Now Available

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The 2017 Colorado Hay Directory, published by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, is now available.

"This annual publication connects Colorado hay producers with buyers across the state and nation," said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. "It is a valuable resource for horse and livestock owners."

Applications Accepted for Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program

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For the fifth year, the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee is accepting applications from Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapters around the state as part of its Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program. 

The deadline to apply is November 15. 

The Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program assists FFA chapters in Colorado on projects that lack funding in their school's budget. 

Range Sense with Don

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Five local grasses that work, from the ranch to your lawn

Now that most grasses are entering their flowering stage, the plant diversity of our open range, pastures, small acreages, and lawns is becoming more visible.  This is the best time of year for grass identification - because the presence of a seed head makes grass species much easier to identify.   

Act Now to Protect Your Hay from Winter Wildlife Damage

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Anyone who relies on hay to feed livestock during the winter should start planning now to protect that valuable crop from deer and elk.
During winters with deep snow, deer and elk will look for easy sources of food and unprotected hay stacks are an attractant, explained Chris Kloster, game damage coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. If haystacks are poorly protected the animals can quickly get to hay and consume large amounts.

First Confirmed 2017 Case of Equine West Nile Virus in Colorado

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A horse residing in Larimer County has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus; this is Colorado's first confirmed case of WNV in a horse in 2017.  This index case was diagnosed by Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fort Collins on August 02, 2017.

Vaccines in horses have proven to be a very effective prevention tool.  Horses that have been vaccinated in past years need an annual booster shot.  If an owner did not vaccinate their animal in previous years, the horse will need the two-shot vaccination series within a three to four-week period.