Understanding El Niño

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Eastern Colorado has seen wild weather this winter and spring that is commonly identified as the El Nino weather pattern. El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is an ocean-atmospheric phenomenon resulting in warmer water temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean off South America near Peru and Ecuador. This climate pattern typically occurs every three to seven years and may last a few months or a few years. Trade winds traditionally move warm water away from the coastline which allows the colder water to rise to the surface.

2023 Wheat Field Days tour set

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Colorado State University Crops Testing has announced the details for the 2023 Wheat Field Days. They are made possible by our farmer-cooperators, seed company and industry partners, and our colleagues from the CSU Dept. of Soil and Crop Sciences, CSU Dept. of Agricultural Biology, the Agricultural Experiment Station, CSU Extension, Colorado Wheat, and the USDA-ARS. 

We have a great set of public and private wheat varieties to show off in our field trials and characteristics of these varieties will be shared at each field day.  

Opinion: Setting the table for rural-urban collaboration at spur

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Food brings people together - around the dinner table, at picnics, and on restaurant patios. Sometimes, though, food production and its complexities spark a tension between rural and urban communities and drive us apart. But today, no matter where we live, the urgent challenge of feeding our world while grappling with diminishing water and land resources has to bring us all together as never before, to create new opportunities and solutions and protect the planet that sustains us all. 

Pesticide license recertification class offered in Lamar

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Prowers County Extension Office is offering an in-person Pesticide license recertification class.

Pesticide Applicator licenses are valid for three years, expiring on the applicator's birthday. During this three-year period, the applicators are required to earn continuing education credits to be eligible to renew their license without having to retest.

The workshop offered by Prowers County Extension meets the core requirements for Private and Commercial Pesticide Applicators licensed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. 

Ag marketing webinar series coming in February

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Many agricultural producers don't feel confident in their abilities to market the commodities they produce. In today's agricultural business environment of  high input costs and slim or non-existent margins, marketing skills are essential. 

In an effort to help corn producers improve their marketing skills, CSU Extension Ag Economist, Dr. Brent Young is offering a series of ag marketing webinars.

The Basic Ag Marketing Lunch and Learn - Corn Producers Edition webinar series