Landowners are invited to the "Forage Establishment, Renovation & Management Demonstration Plot Open House" on Friday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Delta County Fairgrounds (403 S. 4th Street, Hotchkiss). The event will be located on the southeast corner of the fairgrounds, by the river.
The demonstration plot offers a hands-on view of 17 species of irrigated grasses and another 17 species of dryland grasses suited for the local area climate and soils. These grasses can be used for agricultural and natural resource conservation purposes, such as: growing hay, grazing livestock, weed suppression, erosion control, and enhancement of wildlife habitat.
Be sure to visit this open house and take a few minutes to tour the grass pasture demonstration plot and ask local experts your specific questions. Booths will be set up at various stations at the demonstration plot. You will be able to take a self-guided walking tour and discuss your property needs with our professionals.
Participants will also be able to observe newly seeded wildlife pollinator and livestock grazing mixes; notice difference in fertilizer treatments of irrigated grasses; view the new Bluetooth-enabled soil moisture sensors; ask local experts your specific questions and discuss the best options to help you meet your agricultural and natural resources management objectives.
The project is a cooperative effort by CSU Extension, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Delta Conservation District, Delta County, and the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts.
The program is free and there's no cost to participate. For more information and to sign up for this workshop call 970-249-3935.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.