The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) promotes the use of biological control in pest management since the 1940s. The Palisade Insectary is home to the Biological Pest Control Program which manages about 20 different species of biologic control agents for use against both noxious weeds and insect pests. Join the free, virtual Zoom workshop, hosted […]
Co-authored by Retta Brugger, CSU Range Extension Specialist & Julie Elliott, CO NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist How can you make well-informed decisions for summer grazing? We all know that 2020 was a drought year in Colorado. Soils are dry and will need to be refilled. When do we need the moisture for summer grass? How […]
While spring season means we are on the lookout for noxious weeds, it’s all the time of year to supplement or add back in native plants that are beneficial to our pollinators. “Three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce. More than […]
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.
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 […]