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CSU Extension to hold Drought Summits

Colorado

As calendar year 2012 came to a close, most of the state of Colorado was categorized in D2 - D4 drought stage. The outlook for 2013 is toward above average temperatures and average to below average precipitation. Management decisions will be critical for agricultural producers and families to maintain the resource base of their operations. Colorado State University Extension in the Golden Plains Area is planning to host a series of Drought Summits to provide critical drought management information to producers and their families.

The first in the series of seminars will feature presentations by Nolan Doesken, state climatologist and senior research associate in the Department of Atmospheric Science at CSU, and John Deering, regional Extension specialist in Agricultural and Business Management, CSU Extension.

Nolan will describe the development and spread of drought conditions in Colorado over the past year. He will describe the current drought severity and compare it to other known droughts of recent history. He will wrap up by reviewing long range forecasts and offer his opinion on if the drought will continue to worsen in 2013.

John will present on the Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Pilot Insurance Program as well as carryover effects of the 2012 drought into the 2013 crop year. PRF is a risk management tool offered by UDSA Risk Management Agency for grazing lands and hay land in selected states and counties. This innovative program is based on rainfall and vegetation greenness indices, and is designed to give forage and livestock producers the ability to buy insurance protection for losses of forage produced for grazing or harvested for hay. With continued and intensifying drought, prevented planting could be an issue this spring if insufficient moisture is received to germinate spring crops for the 2013 crop year. John will discuss what steps a producer should take if conditions warrant filing for prevented planting coverage.

Ongoing Drought Summit dates, webcast origination locations, and topics are as follows:

Feb. 12--Burlington Community Center, Burlington, weather updates and crop insurance issues.

Feb. 19--Washington County Events Center, Akron, crop production issues, forage production with limited irrigation, entomology and insect concerns during drought.

Feb. 26--Yuma Community Center, Yuma, livestock production issues including herd liquidation and tax consequences and livestock disease during drought.

March 5--Phillips County Events Center, Holyoke, managing wind breaks, perennials and ornamentals during drought.

March 12--Phillips County Events Center, Holyoke, range management issues, pasture management, invasive weeds, insects.

March 19--Sedgwick County Courthouse Annex, Julesburg, human resources issues, family financial management and communications.

All summit presentations are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. Please RSVP by the Monday prior to each meeting to Dennis Kaan in the Washington County Extension office at 970-345-2287 if you are planning to attend the webcast origination location in person so we can get an accurate count for lunch. The Golden Plains Area Extension program would like to thank Premier Farm Credit, 21st Century Equipment LLC, MV Equipment, Crop Production Services and Cenex Harvest States for their sponsorship of the Drought Summit series.

Each webcast can be viewed in person at the Burlington Community Center, Washington County Events Center, Yuma County Extension Office, Phillips County Events Center, Sedgwick County Extension Office and Northeast Regional Engagement Center in Sterling, CO. Attendees are asked to bring a brown bag lunch to these locations.

The webcast will be presented via Adobe Connect. In order to login to the webcast, go to the following web address: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/colodrought.

When you go to that URL you will find yourself at a login page. Simply click on bullet "Enter as a guest." You will then be prompted for your name. Enter your name and click "Enter Room" to enter the meeting space. You can hear the presentation but you will have to type questions in the chat box and the presenters will address them.

Any time before the meeting you can visit the following URL to confirm your ability to connect to the Connect server: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

If you have questions about the technology, please contact Ruth directly at 970-491-6988 or ruth.willson@colostate.edu.

Each webinar session will be recorded and available for viewing at later times. Program and viewing details will be posted on the Golden Plains Area website at http://goldenplains.colostate.edu.

If you have a disability for which you seek an accommodation, please notify Dennis Kaan in the Washington County Extension office at 970-345-2287, seven days prior to each summit presentation.

Date: 1/28/2013



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