CSU Extension Agent Cover Crop Tour


| 7/10/2014 9:56:00 AM


Tags: Cover Crops, Organic, Research Farms, Ranchers, Farm Profitability, Sustainability, Farm Resources, Chris Downs,

HISFarmWe recently went on a two-day tour with Bruce Bosley from Colorado State University. Bruce has been a scientist and professor with CSU for more than 25 years! The purpose of the farm and facility tour was to lean about cover crops at high altitudes.

 

CSU Research Farm Lysimeter station

Part of growing healthy crops is having healthy soil. To help grow the soil, understanding the cycle of life of the entire growing process is critical for the farmer. Without healthy soil, water management and overall attention to the actions taken to produce a product that is needed and wanted by consumers, the farm will go out of business.

The people we met on the tour are incredible. We were blessed by meeting scientists, extension agents as well as farmers who love the land and farming. They are all very passionate about what they do. Some have different ideas and philosophies about how we feed the world. Some believe in growing local organic food, others believe in the science of chemistry, as long as it can be proved that there are no harmful effects from that chemistry Some of the scientists and extension agents focused solely on large scale farms. Thousands of acres encompass their area of expertise. Farming on such a scale has its’ own set of challenges, one of the biggest is managing such a large ecosystem, making a profit, while at the same time being a good steward of the land.

Lunch and training at Rocky Ford Reaserch Facility




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