Regional Updates, November 3rd, 2023

Larimer County
Jess Callen, Ag/NR Specialist 

The Larimer Conservation District has been given funding to help producers implement at least one soil health practice through the STAR plus program. The program is 3 years long and is a great way for producers to get educational and financial resources to create more climate resilient soils. Producers that participate also receive free soil tests and soil moisture probes from the NRCS. There are currently 4 spots left for the STAR plus program in Larimer County and applications are due November 15th. Reach out to Debi with the conservation district for more information, 

Weld and Washington Counties
Kat Caswell, Agronomy Specialist 

Harvest and hay baling were slowed by the snow storm the weekend of October 28th. Hay will need time to dry throughout the rows before baling. Warmer conditions during the last week and the coming week should aid in drying any remaining crops before harvest. Wheat has been emerging and appears to be in good condition. Those with corn stover should consider participating in No-till November to improve water infiltration during the winter.  

Golden Plains Area
Ron Meyer, Area Agronomy Specialist

Wheat update: Dry fall conditions have resulted in spotty wheat stands near the I-70 corridorSouth of I-70 conditions are similar, however, north of I-70 wheat stands are better due to a bit more moisture prior to plantingSubsoil moisture is almost not present in most wheat fields, with a few exceptions where summer moisture was exceptionalIt’s important to note that current wheat varieties are very drought tolerant and can withstand short periods of time where soil moisture is limited 

Southeast Areas
Michaela Mattes, Area Agronomy Specialist 

Wheat is sprouting some green. Most fall harvest has been completed in our area.  

Tri-River Area
Todd Ballard, Area Agronomy Specialist 

Wheat planting is completed in the Tri-River Area. Much of the corn remains in the field as area producers harvest corn deep into winter here. Irrigation water remains available into the first week of November in much of the area.