District Conservationist Paul Billig prepared an informational video clip for the Annual Meeting of the Double El Conservation, sharing ways to preserve, protect and assess rangeland health. “Think of the grassland as a checking account at your bank. If you continually take out of it (continuous grazing), you’re going to end up with nothing in […]
Reed and Erin Petersek joined the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) along with hundreds of farmers and ranchers. Through their participation, the milestone of 7 million acres are now being cared for by those who give extra care to the acres they oversee. USDA NRCS thanks each and every one of our participants.
***Seminar has been cancelled due to not meeting the minimum registration requirements of 10 people*** Double El and Agate Conservation Districts in partnership with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are sponsoring a free rangeland seminar August 26th, 2017, from 8:30 am -1:30. Attendees will gather at 17645 N Calhan Hwy, Calhan, for pasture visit to begin […]
Colorado State University Extension shows how to build and install your own rain barrel for maximum stability and ease of use.
Introduction Maintaining healthy dryland small acreage pastures can be challenging in Colorado, but it is a realistic goal. This guide will help pasture managers assess pasture condition and offer suggestions for improvements. Key strategies, such as determining carrying capacity, implementing rotational grazing, using indicator grasses to monitor when to start and stop grazing and keeping […]
Plains prickly pear can be a troublesome plant on rangelands and overgrazed areas. Animals will not graze around cactus and much forage can be lost in a pasture that has a significant amount of prickly pear. Once established, it will continue to spread, particularly if overgrazing occurs. Within a couple years, cactus will be the […]
Did you know that a 1000 lb. beef cow produces about 60 lb./day manure? And the same size horse produces 50 lb./day? That’s a lot of poo! These numbers are approximate and depend on how much your animal eats. Manure can be a valuable resource but can also be a source of water pollution, odor, […]
This week in Conservation Corner we are going to touch on windbreaks. This is the right time of year to be planning one and this article may provide some insight for you to make an educated decision about what kind of windbreak will work best for you in your situation. Windbreaks Protect, Enhance & Conserve […]
As you drive around Double El Conservation District, you might notice some hills spotted here and there. They don’t look like a natural hill but appear to be manmade. If you look closely, they are situated across a drainage, like a dam. But there is no water behind it. A natural question is “Why build […]
Thoughts in General The standard answer from NRCS for years has been, “More pastures adds up to better range health.” The size of the place didn’t figure into the answer. Lately, we in the Simla office have been thinking the one answer fits all may not be the best answer for small acreage landowners. […]