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Technical Bulletin now available

The latest summary of research data on the project is now available online:

winter wheat at an on farm trial

Grant Proposal Submitted to Continue Dryland Cover Crops Project

November 6th, 2017 – On October 31st, 2017, a new Grant Proposal was submitted to Western SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education), in hopes of continuing the Dryland Cover Crops Project for another 3 years.

Year Three Testing Complete

November 6th, 2017 – Year three soil, plant, biological, and cash crop yield/quality testing was completed mid-October for all cover crop trials in Southwestern Colorado and Southeastern Utah.

Steve Fonte Presenting at the Soil Health Workshop

2017 Soil Health Workshop

On February 9th, 2017 the Southwestern Colorado Research Center hosted the 2017 Soil Health Workshop in Dove Creek, Colorado. CSU Researchers presented information on Soil Health, and local farmers participating in the Western SARE Dryland Cover Crops Project participated in a panel discussion.

Cover Crop Tour at Steve Barry's Field

2017 Field Tours

On May 30th and 31st, interested area farmers went to participating project fields as part of the annual field tours.

2017 Soil Health Workshop *Updated*

December 22nd, 2016 – The Southwestern Colorado Research Center will be hosting a Soil Health Workshop on February 9th, 2017 in Dove Creek, Colorado. Please follow the Read More link to view a detailed agenda.

2nd Annual Southwest Agricultural Seminar Update

November 7th, 2016 – High Desert Conservation District successfully hosted the 2nd Annual Southwest Agricultural Seminar on October 22nd, 2016.

Year Two Testing Completed

October 25, 2016 – Year Two Testing Completed.

Spring Testing of Year Two Complete

Spring 2016 testing results have been received to assess microbiological activity and soil health prior to planting spring cover crops.

Dove Creek and San Juan Conservation District sponsored Ag Expo Dinner (March 18, 2016)

The local Dove Creek and San Juan Conservation Districts teamed with the Dryland Cover Crops Project to sponsor and host an informational dinner with the Ag Expo Soil and Crop Management Workshop speakers.

'Cover crops make sense,' CSU Researcher Says - Cortez Journal

Researchers at the Southwestern Colorado Research Center in Yellow Jacket are analyzing baseline data after the first growing season of three-year study on cover crops.

Soil and Crop Management Workshop (March 18, 2016)

Colorado State University Montezuma and Dolores County Extension partnered with the Southwestern Colorado Research Center to invite agricultural science experts, John Holman, Kevin Larsen and David Nielson to speak in the Soil and Crop Management for Sustainable Farming in the Four Corners Region Workshop.

Video Presentations available.

Abdel at SW Ag Seminar

First Annual Southwest Agricultural Seminar (December 4-5, 2015)

High Desert Conservation District presents the First Annual Southwest Agricultural Seminar: Exploring Innovation and Efficiency 

Presentations available.

Year One Testing

September 16-17, 2015 – Soil and plant testing was completed mid-September for all cover crop sites in Southwestern Colorado and Southeastern Utah.

Abdelfettah Berrada awarded nearly $250,000 grant from Western SARE

Senior Research Scientist and Manager of the Southwest Colorado Research Center Abdelfettah Berrada has been awarded nearly $250,000 from the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program to study how cover crops can enhance the sustainability of dryland farming on the Colorado Plateau.

Survey Shows Expanded Acreage and Yield Boost from Cover Crops

For the third year in a row, a national survey of farmers has shown that cover crops improve corn and soybean yields while providing a host of other benefits.

Steve Barry

Covering your assets - Cortez Journal

The Southwestern Colorado Research Center has received a $249,269 grant to study how using cover crops can improve soil health for dryland farmers.

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