Agriculture:

Agriculture plays a key role in Montezuma County. Montezuma County Extension works with various partners to provide the community with educational opportunities in the areas of crop production, raising livestock, and overall agricultural business management.

Services:

Call Emily at 970-564-4170 or email emily.lockard@colostate.edu to make an appointment

Site & Field Visits On-site information and consultations in Montezuma County regarding agriculture, grazing management, livestock, and natural resource issues. Call Emily at 970-564-4170 to make an appointment.

Forage Soil & Water Testing Call or stop by our office to check out a soil or hay probe.  We have soil sample bags available and can give you advice on how to accurately collect samples as well as give advice for result interpretation.

Plant and Insect Identification Services We provide identification of major plant pests (insects, diseases, and weeds) along with management strategies at our office. We also provide general identification of household (and other) insects, native and non-native plants.

The Noxious Weed Department is conveniently located within our same complex. For more information on the Montezuma Noxious Weed Department and the cost-share programs, they have available, visit https://montezumacounty.org/noxious-weed-program/or call (970) 565-0580.

Pesticide Applicators License Exam

Individuals who would like to purchase and apply restricted-use pesticides for private use are required to have a Colorado Department of Agriculture Private Pesticide License. The training manual and examination packet are $20.00. The license fee is $75.00 The license is good for three years. For more information go to https://ag.colorado.gov/plants. Commercial pesticide applicators’ licenses are also obtained through the CDA. For Commercial Pesticide Applicator information go to https://ag.colorado.gov/plants. The phone number for more pesticide information is 303-869-9057. The general phone number for the CDA is 303-869-9000.

Highlighted Programs and Projects:

Drought Advisors

About Us

Mission: To remove barriers and share drought coping strategies within individual operations by working holistically as a network to ensure needs are met.

Vision: To build short and long term resilience for drought among Colorado Producers by working with farmers and ranches to connect resources, identify/ assess risk, and implement practices that lesson the impact of drought.

RestoreNet

Click here to visit RestoreNet

Watch a YouTube video about the project CSU Extension RestoreNet plot in southwestern Colorado

Researching rangeland and dryland cropland restoration practices to increase seeding success in dryland systems. There are two sites in Montezuma County and expansion of the project is underway. Email Emily Lockard for updates or to be a part of our project stakeholder group. This is a collaborative project with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), CSU and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. The treatments include ground modifications (e.g. soil amendments, physical alterations, mulching), seeding vs. out planting seedlings from a greenhouse, timing of planting, and herbicide treatments to suppress invasive species.

 

Hay Resources

 

Soil Health

 

Grazing and Carrying Capacity

 

CSU Extension Resources

 

Montezuma County Conservation Districts
Mancos Conservation District and High Desert Conservation District
Both conservation districts rent no till drills

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Contact MONTEZUMA COUNTY CSU EXTENSION

CSU EXTENSION MONTEZUMA COUNTY
103 N. Chestnut St.
Cortez, CO 81321-3103
Phone: (970) 565-3123
Office Hours: Monday–Friday 8:30a.m  4:30p.m.
 

CSU Director

Greg Felsen

Agriculture, Livestock and Range Extension Agent

Emily Lockard
Contact Montezuma County CSU Director
Agriculture, Livestock and Range Extension Agent
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