Trying to decide between blue gamma or basin wildrye? Potomac or Piaute orchardgrass? Dryland crops or irrigated?
In keeping with this year's Delta County Fair theme, "Sow It, Grow It, Show It," visitors to the county fairgrounds in Hotchkiss can take a self-guided tour of a new garden test plot to see firsthand which grasses grow well in the agriculturally-rich area and learn the specific uses, characteristics, soil and water needs of each variety and how best to manage the crops.
Located on a two-acre plot on the southeast corner of the Delta County Fairgrounds, the Tri-River Area grass pasture demonstration plot includes 17 irrigated and 17 dryland grass species considered "best suited to grow in the local area," according to the handout, "Improving Stewardship in Pastures," available at the site.
Walking along the rows and rows of well-tended crops allows visitors to compare first-hand about the many grasses suitable for growing in the Delta County area. Colorado State University Tri-River Area Extension, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Delta County, the Delta Conservation District and the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts worked together to create the test plots in 2014 "to help you meet your agricultural and natural resources management objectives."
The test plot is located at the southeast corner of the fairgrounds. The public is invited to tour the site while visiting the fair, which runs through Aug. 9.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.