Did You Know?
Your compost should reach 145 degrees F in order to kill pathogens and weed seeds! Read more information from our fact sheet: Choosing a Soil Amendment
Master Gardener & Horticulture
Susan Carter: Area Extension Agent, Horticulture
Susan Honea: TRA Horticulture Coordinator
Seasonal Topic: Training and Pruning Fruit Trees
Gardeners with a few backyard fruit trees should consider pruning this month prior to bud break or foliage. On peach trees, wait till after bloom to prune to help prevent cytosphora infections. Avoid pruning just before a heavy freeze as this can create internal injury and reduce the overall health of the tree.
Spray dormant oil on fruit trees and any other plants that may have overwintering insects or eggs on the plants. This will smother them and prevent more issues later. Always read the label when using any product in the landscape and garden.
Agriculture & Business Management
Jenny Beiermann: Regional Extension Specialist- Agriculture & Business Management Economist
Annie’s Project: Risk Management Education for Farm and Ranch Women
For more information visit: https://www.anniesproject.org/
If you’re interested in participating or hosting this event, please let Jenny know! firstname.lastname@example.org
Be on the lookout in April for Financial Literacy 101 Workshop
- Specific Date: TBD
- Location: Technical College of the Rockies in Delta
- Sponsored by Bank of Colorado
Seasonal Topic: Custom Rates Survey and Crop Enterprise Budgets
Meredith Shrader: Area Extension Agent, Entomology
Seasonal Topic: Nuisance Wasps and Bees
Don’t hurt the bees! Call Western Colorado Beekeepers Association who can safely remove them. Please call 970-812-0080. To visit their website please click on the following link: http://www.westerncoloradobeekeepersassociation.org/
TRA 4-H Program
Trent Hollister: Mesa County Extension Agent (4-H Youth Development)
Jackie Shea: Delta County Extension 4-H Program Associate
Brandon Creamer: Montrose & Ouray Extension 4-H Program Associate
Nicole Goza: Montrose & Ouray Extension 4-H Program Associate
Enrollment is open now through May 1st! Contact Delta: 874-2195, Mesa: 244-1834, or Montrose/Ouray: 249-3935 for more information about your county’s 4-H Program or visit us at our web page www.tra4h.org. We look forward to meeting you in the near future!
STEM & K-12
Barbara Shaw: Regional Extension Specialist – STEM
Nicole Goza: 4H Associate
Embryology is a fun, rewarding and educational project! The study of embryos is a great way to observe the development of life in just three short weeks by hatching chickens right in your classroom. The project provides numerous opportunities for young children to learn the value of life through their observations, as well as information about chickens, eggs and embryonic development.