CSU Extension Drought Summit

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CSU Extension to Hold Drought Summit Number Five

(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. Management decisions will be critical for agricultural producers and families to maintain the resource base of their operations. Colorado State University Extension in the Golden Plains Area is planning to host a series of Drought Summits to provide critical drought management information to producers and their families.

The fifth in the series of Drought Summit webinars will focus on range management issues and management considerations for livestock producers.  Casey Matney, CSU Regional Range Management Specialist, will discuss range conditions from 2012 and how those conditions will carry over into 2013.  Casey will then discuss grazing management considerations based on current range outlook for 2013.  Casey will be using video segments in his presentations to further illustrate his points. 

In addition to grass production and grazing management, Casey will address rangeland weed management issues.  Rangeland managers will need to be cognizant of invasive weed species and related control strategies.  Toxic plant identification and control are also concerns when the desirable grass species are in decline due to dry conditions.  A second pest issue for range managers is grasshoppers.  Assefa Gebre-Amlak will discuss grasshopper biology and share final grasshopper population counts from USDA APHIS PPQ from 2012 and discuss the forecast for grasshopper populations in 2013.

The final Drought Summit webinar will be March 19th.  The broadcast will originate at the Sedgwick County Courthouse Annex in Julesburg, CO.  The focus of the final webinar will include human resources issues, family financial management and communications.

All summit presentations are scheduled to begin at 11:00am and conclude at 1:00pm. Please RSVP by the Monday prior to each meeting to Dennis Kaan in the Washington County Extension office at 970-345-2287 if you are planning to attend the web cast origination location in person so we can get an accurate count for lunch. The Golden Plains Area Extension program would like to thank Premier Farm Credit, 21st Century Equipment LLC, MV Equipment, Crop Production Services and Cenex Harvest States for their sponsorship of the Drought Summit series.

Each web cast can be viewed in person at the Burlington Community Center, Washington County Events Center, Yuma County Extension Office, Phillips County Events Center, Sedgwick County Extension Office and Northeast Regional Engagement Center in Sterling, CO. Attendees are asked to bring a brown bag lunch to these locations.

The web cast will be presented via Adobe Connect.  In order to login to the web cast, go to the following web address: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/colodrought

When you go to that URL you will find yourself at a login page.  Simply click on bullet “Enter as a guest.”  You will then be prompted for your name.  Enter your name and click “Enter Room” to enter the meeting space.  You can hear the presentation but you will have to type questions in the chat box and the presenters will address them.

Any time before the meeting you can visit the following URL to confirm your ability to connect to the Connect server: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

If you have questions about the technology, please contact Ruth directly at 970-491-6988 or ruth.willson@colostate.edu.

Each webinar session will be recorded and available for viewing at later times.  Program and viewing details will be posted on the Golden Plains Area web site at http://goldenplains.colostate.edu.

 

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If you have a disability for which you seek an accommodation, please notify Dennis Kaan in the Washington County Extension office at 970-345-2287, 7 days prior to each summit presentation.

 

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