Soil health is critical to the productivity of the local agricultural industry and to the quality of the surrounding watershed. To help producers learn how to improve their soil, Delta County Economic Development, Inc. has taken the lead in bringing experts to the Western Slope to directly share their experiences.
The public is invited to come learn about water issues facing Colorado, the Gunnison River Basin and Grand Mesa's Surface Creek Valley at two upcoming meetings. The meetings, organized by the Grand Mesa Water Conservancy District with the support of the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University, are free to the public.
For wildlife, winter is a stressful season when they can lose 30 percent or more of their body weight. Consequently, people should avoid disturbing Colorado's wild critters during cold weather months.
Western Colorado is fertile ground for growing a variety of fruits, and people from all over are drawn here to start new home-grown enterprises. Even so, there are unique challenges to growing fruit trees that can take some unprepared farmers by surprise and cost them more than they need to spend.
The 3rd annual Western Slope Soil Health Conference will be held on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 24-25, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, located at 530 Gunnison River Drive in Delta. This conference is designed to educate producers, government officials and the broad community about issues to increase organic matter in our soils through cover crops, green manure, compost, minimum tillage, and various soil amendments.