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Extension’s Planttalk Colorado helps gardeners

By Jim Smith SUN Columnist Gardening season is around the corner, and home gardeners will find concise and reliable answers to frequently asked questions through a 16-year-old program —  Planttalk…

Extension schedules gardening, small acreage webinars

By Jim Smith SUN Columnist Three informative webinars have been scheduled in April. A webinar is an online seminar. You can participate from any computer with Internet access. The first…

Financial metrics — check for ‘leaks’

By Jim Smith SUN Columnist The automatic cuts by the federal government went into effect March 1 and $85 billion sounds overwhelming, but it is actually only 2.4 percent of…

Property management topic at March 27 workshop

By Jim Smith SUN Columnist The Archuleta County Weed and Pest Department, along with the CSU Extension Office, will offer the community a Property Management Workshop on March 27. The…

Extension to hold reception for director candidates

By Jim Smith SUN Columnist The CSU Extension Office would like to invite the public to come and meet the candidates who have applied for the position of CSU Extension…

Extension to offer property management workshop

By Jim Smith SUN Columnist The Archuleta County Weed and Pest Department, along with the CSU Extension Office, are excited to offer the community a property management workshop on March…

Soil compaction can cut forage yields

By Jim Smith SUN Columnist Have you ever driven by a golf course and saw the lawn crew aerating (removing plugs) in the fairways? Hopefully, you aerate your own lawn.…

Archuleta County 4-H fund-raiser underway — annual cookie dough sale

By Jim Smith SUN Columnist One of Archuleta County 4-H’s most successful fund-raisers is underway. Local 4-H youth have started their annual cookie dough sale. Every 4-H members participates in…

Small acreage pasture management tips

By Jim Smith SUN Columnist Last week, I discussed drought management planning for cattle ranchers and gave an introduction to small acreage pasture management. Archuleta County is like many areas…

Drought planning essential for cattlemen in 2013

By Jim Smith SUN Columnist The grazing season for 2012 was certainly a challenge due to drought conditions. Cattle producers face some tough decisions in 2013. Some pastures have carryover…