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914 E Railroad Ave
PO Box 517
Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Phone: (970)542-3540 
Fax: (970) 542-3541

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2014 News
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Green and Growing
July 17, 2014

Seed Treatments Strongly Recommended for 2014 Wheat Crop - Stephen Wegulo, Nebraska’s Extension Wheat Plant Pathologist

Green and Growing
July 10, 2014

Stinking smut (also called common bunt) can be a devastating disease of wheat, particularly in winter wheat grown in the Pacific Northwest.

Green and Growing
May 21, 2014

Pest alert: Be aware that Pale Western Cutworm, Agrotis orthogonia Morrison, may be damaging wheat and corn seedlings in the High Plains region.

Green and Growing
March 20, 2014

Farm Estate Planning Workshop
Risk has always been a part of agriculture. One of the riskiest, most stressful, and under-researched issues of critical importance to ranch and farm families is estate or transition planning.

Green and Growing
March 18, 2014

Army cutworm is the most consistently damaging cutworm species on wheat and alfalfa in eastern Colorado.

Green and Growing
March 10, 2014

Colorado wheat producers are being asked to vote to permanently reapprove the current two-cent per bushel wheat assessment.

Green and Growing
February 11, 2014

National Conference on Cover Crop and Soil Health

A free, live broadcast of the National Conference on Cover Crop and Soil Health will be held on Tuesday, February 18th in Fort Morgan.

Green and Growing
January 16, 2014

Back Pain Didn’t Mean the End of Farming

Colorado Farmer Continues Farming with the Help of Colorado AgrAbility

Green and Growing
January 6, 2014

2013 Christmas Bird Count Results

The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) celebrated its 115th year.

2013 News
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Green and Growing
July 8, 2013

Pest News from Assefa Gebre-Amlak, Colorado State Extension Regional Entomologist

In most of our pheromone trap sites the 1st generation European corn borer moth numbers have peaked around the end of last month.

Green and Growing
July 1, 2013

Colorado State Extension Agents commonly see herbicide damaged plants this time of year.

Green and Growing
June 24, 2013

A New Approach to Assessing Nematodes in Corn - Gregory L. Tylka, Iowa State Plant Pathologist

Many different species of plant-parasitic nematodes occur in cornfields throughout the Midwest.

Green and Growing
May 31, 2013

If you see swarms of half inch long flying insects in or near wheat fields in northeastern Colorado you may be seeing wheat-stem sawflies.

Green and Growing
May 1, 2013

People have found noticeable damage to the edges of wheat fields that are adjacent to last year’s wheat, grassy field margins. Black grass bug, a native rangeland insect, is responsible for this crop injury.

Green and Growing
April 23, 2013

Farmers and gardeners are inclined to discuss the weather. In this news column I review weather in Northeast Colorado east of I-25 from January 1st this year to now.

Green and Growing
April 10, 2013

Alert: Check wheat & alfalfa for freeze injury, cutworms, and other wheat pests. See attached article on freeze injury in wheat.

Green and Growing
April 9, 2013

Wheat Pest Update from Ned Tisserat. 

Army Cutworms. There are reports of army cutworms in pastures and in some wheat fields.   The larvae of these moths can cause significant damage in some years.   Dr. Frank Peairs  has a fact sheet concerning this pest .  

Brown wheat mite.  There are also some reports of brown wheat mite damage in the southeastern part of the state.  See the following fact sheet for more details on this mite.

Wheat fungicide table.  Each year a committee of wheat pathologists puts together a table of commonly available fungicides for rusts and other leaf spot diseases.  The table for this year is attached.   The table includes the most widely marketed products, and is not intended to be a list of all labeled products. 

Wheat disease update. There are still no reports of stripe or leaf rust in Colorado or in neighboring states (see below).  I know there are some growers who will apply or are considering applying a fungicide along with their herbicide application.   As I have stated in previous years, I do not see the need for this fungicide application if there is no evidence of leaf diseases (tan spot, Septoria, powdery mildew, rust) in the field.  This is especially true for dryland wheat.   Also remember that these early applications will not last long enough to protect the flag leaf from rusts later in the season.  That requires a spray nearer to flowering.

Green and Growing
March 22, 2013

A Farm Estate and Transition Planning workshop will be held in Sterling, Colorado (April 8, 2013) at Logan County Extension Office, 508, S 10th Ave, Suite 1.  The workshop is 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  There is no charge for the workshop and a lunch will be provided.  To register (and for questions) call the Rural Response Hotline at 1-800-464-0258.

Green and Growing
March 18, 2013

Many area Corn farmers are facing reduced water supplies for irrigation this coming season.

Green and Growing
February 7, 2013


Green and Growing
February 7, 2013

Are you ever confused by the names of new herbicides and herbicide premixes? You’re not alone most, if not all, are baffled by them.

Ron Meyer, CSU’s Golden Plains Extension Agronomist, forwarded the following chart of herbicide premixes and what the active ingredients are in each of them. The chart was developed by Kansas State’s Weed Science Team. It includes the common name for each active ingredient as well as common trade names so that non-weed scientists can recognize each one.

Green and Growing
January 28, 2013

Back Pain Didn’t Mean the End of Farming

January 2013- Dusty Franklin has been actively involved with farming since he was six years old.

CSU to hold Drought Summit
January 23, 2013

(Akron, Colo.) As calendar year 2012 came to a close, most of the State of Colorado was categorized in D2 – D4 drought stage. The outlook for 2013 is toward above average temperatures and average to below average precipitation.

Green and Growing
January 22, 2013

I recently wrote about methods that corn farmers could use to cope with drought. This week I will show how high corn yields can be achieved with limited irrigation water supplies when the corn crop is part of a rotational cropping system.

Green and Growing
January 16, 2013

All indications are that farmers will very likely have to cope with another hot and dry growing season in 2013.

Green and Growing
January 7, 2013

Fort Morgan/Weldona 2012 Christmas Bird Count Results

The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) celebrated its 113th year.

Green and Growing
January 4, 2013

Colorado landowners weathered through 2012’s record year of heat and drought. The high temperatures we experienced along with low rainfall made 2012 the record for plant evapotranspiration demand and consequently water use.







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