Even as two to three feet of snow were accumulating in Colorado's high country during storms last month, leading water thinkers were issuing sober warnings about the potential impact of a lingering regional drought in the Colorado River Basin. Despite the healthy snowpack in the Upper Colorado at the moment, conditions are much drier downstream, and reservoir storage levels remain significantly below average.
More people throughout Delta County are switching to efficient irrigation systems to make every drop of their water count. Distributing irrigation water as uniformly as possible is one step to raising a better crop.
Farm Service Agency (FSA) state executive director Leland Swenson urges producers who want to purchase coverage through the Noninsurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) to do so by March 17.
NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters.
Registration is now open for producers planning to grow industrial hemp during the 2014 growing season; registration closes May 1.
"We realize there is a great deal of excitement about this history-making season but there are also regulations to follow and challenges to consider," said Colorado Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture Ron Carleton.
The Bureau of Land Management's Southwest Colorado district is seeking public nominations for five open positions on the Resource Advisory Council, which advises the BLM on public land issues.
In the Southwest District, five positions are open including two Category 1 positions, one Category 2 position and two Category 3 positions.