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2023 High Plains Snow Goose Festival

2023 High Plains Snow Goose Festival

  Alison Kondler is this year’s keynote speaker for the 2023 Snow Goose Festival in Lamar.  Kondler is a Denver-based Audubon Master Birder, a naturalist who offers a level of comedy to her lectures.  Website followers can access her at Birdingbyear.com. Her presentation will be held on Saturday, February 4th at the Lamar High School […]

Lower Corn Production Nationwide

Lower Corn Production Nationwide

    The following is a brief analysis by Krista Swanson, the lead economist for the National Corn Growers Association.   The United States Department of Agriculture released the January World Agricultural Supply & Demand Estimates (WASDE) report yesterday. The expected reductions in use were met with notable changes to U.S. production that resulted in lower-than-expected ending […]

745 lives lost on Colorado roads in 2022

745 lives lost on Colorado roads in 2022

      Most roadway deaths since 1981   STATEWIDE — In 2022, Colorado lost 745 lives to traffic fatalities, the most roadway deaths in the state since 1981, according to preliminary data. This is a 57% increase from just 10 years ago and includes a record number of pedestrians and motorcyclists. Today, CDOT, Colorado […]

CPW Seeks Public Comment on Southeast Region Pronghorn Herd Management Plans

CPW Seeks Public Comment on Southeast Region Pronghorn Herd Management Plans

  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Public input is being sought by Colorado Parks and Wildlife about how it intends to manage 11 pronghorn herds across its Southeast Region over the next 10 years. CPW staff has spent months drafting proposed management plans for the pronghorn herds that extend from Leadville down the Arkansas River valley […]

Bennet, Hickenlooper Urge BOR to Allocate Additional Funding for the Arkansas Valley Conduit

Bennet, Hickenlooper Urge BOR to Allocate Additional Funding for the Arkansas Valley Conduit

      Washington, D.C. — Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper urged the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to consider allocating additional funding from the recent omnibus funding bill for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) or the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) for the Arkansas Valley Conduit (AVC). The AVC is a planned 130-mile water-delivery […]

2023 Farm Bill Decision Webinar

2023 Farm Bill Decision Webinar

    The March 15th deadline for farmers to make their ARC/PLC decisions for the 2023 crop year is fast approaching. In an effort to provide growers with the most up to date information needed to make this important decision, CSU Extension and the USDA Farm Service Agency have teamed up to conduct a Farm Bill […]

CATTLE ON FEED Report, January 20, 2023

CATTLE ON FEED Report, January 20, 2023

COLORADO The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 1.04 million head as of January 1, 2023. The latest inventory was unchanged from December 1, 2022, but down 8 percent from January 1, 2022. The inventory included […]

MONTHLY CHICKENS AND EGGS – DECEMBER 2022

MONTHLY CHICKENS AND EGGS – DECEMBER 2022

COLORADO Colorado egg production during December 2022 was 58.4 million eggs, up 19 percent from November 2022 but down 53 percent from December 2021 production, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. The average number of layers on hand in December 2022 was 2.42 million, up 13 percent […]

Rural Action Project Holding Community Goal Meetings

Rural Action Project Holding Community Goal Meetings

    If you had $5,000 to spend on improvements to the Lamar community, what would you suggest?  Representatives from the Rural Action Project, Michaela Mattes and Stephen Lauer will host several meetings in February and March at the Vaquero Building on the southern edge of the Prowers County Fairgrounds to hear your suggestions. Lamar […]

Making a Dent, a Bag at a Time

Making a Dent, a Bag at a Time

  A novelty in the 1970s, plastic shopping bags are now an omnipresent product found in every corner of the world. Produced at a rate of up to one trillion bags per year, they are showing up in the darkest depths of the ocean to the summit of Mount Everest to the polar ice caps. […]

ANNUAL CROP SUMMARY – 2022

ANNUAL CROP SUMMARY – 2022

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS The 2022 corn for grain crop is estimated at 118.58 million bushels, down 20 percent from last year’s production of 148.35 million bushels, and the lowest production total since 2002, according to the December 1 Agricultural Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. The average […]

CPW Avian Influenza Update

CPW Avian Influenza Update

Early Colorado Cases This strain of HPAI was first confirmed in wild geese in Northeast Colorado in March of 2022. From March through November 2022, HPAI mortalities were documented in a number of raptors, waterfowl, and vultures in numerous locations throughout the state. Most reports were of limited mortalities involving individual birds or small numbers […]

The 2023 High Plains Snow Goose Festival Returns to Lamar February 3 - 5, 2023

The 2023 High Plains Snow Goose Festival Returns to Lamar February 3 – 5, 2023

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the High Plains Snow Goose Festival with three days of tours and events.   LAMAR, Colorado — Southeastern Colorado’s High Plains Snow Goose Festival is set to return to Lamar from February 3rd through the 5th. Lamar is home to more than 400 species of birds over a year, making […]

Arkansas River Report for December 2022

Arkansas River Report for December 2022

  Snowpack Snowpack Telemetry (SNOTEL) sites relevant to the upper Arkansas Basin show snowpack near or above median, but the numbers drop off in the southern headwaters of the basin. The Saint Elmo SNOTEL site reports 127% of median for snow-water equivalent (SWE). At Brumley, near Independence Pass, the current reading is 93%, and Glen […]

Colorado Crop Progress/Condition Report, Month of December 2022

Colorado Crop Progress/Condition Report, Month of December 2022

  AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Moderately dry weather across the State during the month of December was interspersed with a few productive snowstorms, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, 86 percent of the State is abnormally dry or in a state […]