Colorado

All the plans are in place for Farm Show 2000, Yuma, CO.

The staff of the Irrigation Research Foundation is busy putting the final touches on the preparations for this annual event. There is something for everyone involved ag production, in the Golden Plains region. The exhibits inside the huge tent and throughout the IRF facility, the farm tours offered several times each day, the in-field demonstrations, the steak fry and entertainment and the Safety Seminar are just a start of the events going on during this two-day show.

Mike Peterson, U.S. Department of Agriculture soil scientist, will be holding the Soil Compaction Study presentation in the field Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and again Thursday, Aug. 24, at 9 a.m. He evaluates the effectiveness of soil conditioners that have been applied in plots, compared to the compaction in untreated areas.

Dwight Rus, Yuma County Pest District, will be having a Weed Identification Seminar, at 1 p.m., Wednesday. It is vital to the herbicide program that producers are able to identify the various weed species in their early stages of growth.

Jeff Tichota and Corby Jensen, both from Monsanto, will be holding a seminar, entitled No-Till Irrigated Corn. Farmers have been reaping the benefits of no-till practices on dryland acres. Technology has made it possible for farmers to produce the same yield, with much less input costs, while building up the soil at the same time. They will have their seminars at 11 a.m., both days, and again at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Jim Geist, executive administrator of Colorado Corn Growers Association, will be presenting Identity Preserved International Thursday, at 1 p.m. He will be discussing the benefits of participating in this program and the opportunity it offers to increase the marketing power of a corn crop.

Ron Meyer, Colorado State University County Extension agent, will be presenting the Water and Nutrient Management Project and Educational Study. This is a three-year study at the IRF, which concludes this year. This is the premier study at IRF. The evaluation of this study will be included in this year's IRF annual report.

Farm Show 2000 has a lot to offer. For more information contact Nancy White, office manager, IRF office, 970-848-3043.

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