CSU Extension to hold 3rd Drought Summit
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.
Many area cattle producers are trying to decide if they should try to maintain their herd though the continued drought or if they should be looking at some form of depopulation. If a ranch does decide to sell cattle, do they sell off the entire herd or just do some deep culling? If they choose the deep culling option, what are some of the factors to consider when determining who stays on the ranch and who is marketed? Many of us find that these can be some very difficult questions to consider and answer.
In the third webinar in our drought series we will address some of these questions. Our intention is not to answer the questions for ranchers, but rather to offer some options and items that may help people through the process of making their own tough decisions. CSU Extension will also be demonstrating some decision making tools during the webinar; which producers can access while making their on -ranch choices.
During the livestock webinar, Golden Plains Area Livestock Agent, Michael Fisher will address the herd depopulation issue. Regional Agricultural & Business Management Specialist, Jeff Tranel, will introduce producers to CSU's "Buy Hay Or Sell Cows" decision tool. Jeff will also discuss the tax implications of depopulating a herd and some of the thought processes that should be reviewed before that business decision is implemented. Megan Jedlicka, Logan County Extension Agent, will also address viewers as she shares information about cattle health concerns that may become heightened during periods of severe drought.
Ongoing Drought Summit dates, web cast origination locations, and topics are as follows:
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.
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 web cast 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 web cast 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, Colo. Attendees are asked to bring a brown bag lunch to these locations.
The web cast will be presented via Adobe Connect. In order to login to the web cast, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.