TRA CSU Extension Fall Seasonal newsletter

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Send us a picture of your best seasonal fall picture for a chance to win our Dependable Landscape Trees Book!

This book goes into detail and describes all Colorado trees characteristics to help make a good choice for picking a tree that you will love for years to come!

To submit your picture please email traextension@gmail.com

Submission deadline: November 30th, 2018

In your email please include the following:

First and Last Name

County You Live In

Phone Number or Email

Your Best Seasonal Fall Picture

Congratulations to Wade for winning last seasons contest! We hope you enjoy your Weeds of the West Book!

TRA Upcoming Events

ServSafe Certification

What is ServSafe? ServSafe is a nationally recognized course developed by the National Restaurant Association as a comprehensive treatment of the subject of food safety.

Who should attend? Food Service Managers who are not certified by an accredited Food Safety Course. The Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations state that a manager needs to be on hand who has passed a certified food safety program. Class space is limited. Registration, first come first serve basis.

Training times: 8am-5pm (Pre-registration is required 30 days in advance)

  • October 2, 2018: Spanish ServSafe Class, Montrose County Fairgrounds
  • December 4, 2018: Grand Junction Business Incubator, Grand Junction

Spanish Food Handlers Course

The ServSafe Food Handler Program is a complete solution that delivers consistent food safety training to employees. This course will be taught by a guest presenter. Pre-registration closes a week in advance and is $25 per person. Payments should be made payable to Culinary Translations LLC and can be mailed/brought into the Montrose Extension Office.

  • October 4, 2018: Montrose County Fairgrounds (Friendship Hall)
  • Training times: 9AM-11AM and 2:30PM-4:30PM

Food Safety Works

Food Safety Works is a course for food service workers that covers the basic requirements for safe food handling. We offer this class on an as needed basis. To schedule a private group training for your business, contact TRA Extension at 970-249-3935.

Stockmanship & Stewardship Event

Pasture Demonstration Plot Open House

Seedling tree sale

Starting in October

Winter is coming, but spring will follow closely behind, and with spring comes the desire to start planting. What better way to prepare for spring then by pre-ordering your seedling trees!

Once again, CSU Tri River Area Extension, in cooperation with the Colorado State Forest Service, will be taking orders for seedling trees used for conservation purposes by the second or third week of October. There is no acreage restriction to purchase the seedling trees in Mesa, Delta, Montrose, and Ouray Counties. The only requirement is that you cannot re-sell these plants and you have to use them for conservation purposes such as a wind screen, attracting wildlife, attracting pollinators and revegetation.

There is also perennials and grasses that attract pollinators. The program offers over 30 varieties of trees, shrubs, and ornamental grasses which can be ordered beginning of October through April. Delivery will be set for early May.

Seedlings can be ordered in several different sizes and quantities including Bareroot, Large and Small Tubes, Extra Large Potted, and Trays. This is a statewide program, so order early as inventories will run out as the program progresses through the year. For specific species questions contact CSFS (970) 249-9051 or Horticulture Agent Susan Carter at 970-244-1850, Susan.Carter@colostate.edu

Plant sale & tree auction

October 13, 2018 9am-2pm

October brings lots of activity with the Master Gardener program. The Annual Tree Auction and Plant Sale occurs at our Mesa County office on October 13th, Saturday from 9AM-1PM. It is recommended that you arrive early if you are interested in the auction. This is the biggest fundraiser for the Tri River Area Master Gardener Program and also supports the demonstration gardens.

Do you want to become a master gardener?

Colorado State University Tri-River Area Extension invites you to apply for their Master Gardener Program. Starting in October, you will be able to receive an application for the upcoming classes beginning in January. This year will encompass half of the classes being hands on and half of them being taught through online instruction. Participants receive approximately 66 hours of training by Colorado State University Extension agents, local and regional specialists. The classes include information in Botany, Soils, Irrigation, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Trees & Shrubs, Soils, Fertilization, Soil Amendments, Fruit Growing, Turf Care, Vegetable Gardening, Weed and Pest Management, Xeriscape, Native Plants, Perennials and more.

Professionals can take the class and earn a Colorado Garden Certificate that can be used for their resume. If you want to volunteer, the class is less expensive. Your apprenticeship includes 50 hours of volunteering before you reach the title of CSU Master Gardener. Your service helps Extension spread research based information to the residents of the Tri River Area. Please contact Susan Carter if you want to be on the list for class. Applications and prices are still in the process. Horticulture Agent Susan Carter can be reached at 970-244-1850, Susan.Carter@colostate.edu

4-h Open Enrollment

The 2018-2019 4-H enrollment period will be starting at the end of October and continues to May 1st, 2019 for new enrollments! Take a look at the list of 4-H projects you can enroll in!

Montrose 4-H Council Blood Drive

Program Areas: Seasonal Topics

Master Gardener & Horticulture

Susan Carter: Area Extension Agent, Horticulture

Seasonal Topic: Getting Plants Ready For Fall & Winter

You may have noticed that the night temperatures are starting to drop just a little bit. You want to bring any houseplants or herbs into the house prior to the temperatures dropping too low. Make sure to look them over closely for insects. You may want to give them a good shower prior to bringing them indoors.

Now let’s talk about the plants that stay outdoors. As days get shorter and cooler you want to provide less frequent but deep soaks of water. Fertilizer should not be given to trees, shrubs and perennials at this point. This reduction of water and fertilizer will start to slow the growth of the plants down so they can acclimate for the winter.

Fall is a great time to rent an aerator or hire a lawn maintenance person to aerate your lawn for you. If you have heavy clay or soil compacted from foot traffic, make sure to go over the area multiple times, not just a pass or two. This allows oxygen to penetrate the soil and helps to break up thatch. We do not recommend dethatching as it rips the crown (base) of the grass plant. If your soil is low in organic matter, apply ¼” of fine compost after you aerated. The compost will fall into the holes thus adding more organic matter to your soil and helping your lawn be healthier. Following the watering tip listed above also helps slow down growth and get your lawn ready for winter. We have many fact sheets online to help you with your garden and landscape. Finally make sure to give the entire landscape one last good drink right before the irrigation water is turned off. Plants like to go to bed with some available water. Don't forget, remember to have your irrigation system drained and blown out to avoid winter damage. Happy Autumn!

Livestock, Acreage, Agronomy

Doug Dean: Area Extension Director – TRA

Isaac Munoz: TRA Extension Small Acreage Management Agent

John Rizza: Ext Specialist – Small Acreage Management Specialist/NRCS

Seth Urbanowitz: Area Extension Agent, Agronomy

Pasture Demonstration Plot Open House

The demonstration plot offers a hands-on view of 17 species of irrigated grasses and another 17 species of dryland grasses suited for the local area, climate and soils. These grasses can be used for agricultural and natural resource conservation purposes such as: growing hay, grazing livestock, weed suppression, erosion control, and enhancement of wildlife habitat. The grasses are planted on furrows clearly labeled. A plot map is posted and handout materials describing characteristics of each of the grasses are also available in a handout box. The handout gives information on: Growth Habit, Season of Use, Salt Tolerance, Seedling Vigor, Longevity, Recovery Rate, Flood or Wetness Tolerance, Drought Tolerance, Yield Potential, Winter Hardiness, Years Covered and other remarks.

Landowners are encouraged to visit our Pasture Demonstration Plot Open House, coming up October 5th from 9am-1pm, at the Delta County Fairgrounds, 403 S. 4th Street, Hotchkiss, CO. The plot is located on the southeast corner of the fairgrounds, by the river.

Food & Health

Ann Duncan: Area Extension Agent – Family and Consumer Science

Before You Can, Let’s Talk Equipment

Summer’s bountiful harvest is here, so I have canning on the brain! Using proper equipment when you preserve is a key ingredient to achieving a product that is both safe to eat and high quality. For those new to canning, the prospect of new equipment can be overwhelming, but in many cases you can make do with items you already have. For experienced canners, now is a great time to check your equipment.

Boiling-Water Canner:

A special canner isn’t needed for boiling-water canning; a large aluminum stockpot with a tight-fitting lid will do. The pot must be deep enough to accommodate a rack underneath your jars and at least 1 to 2 inches of boiling water above the jars. If you are using an electric stove the pot must have a flat bottom.

Pressure Canner:

When pressure canning, use a dedicated stove top pressure canner with modern safety features. Dial gauges should be tested before first use, and annually thereafter for accuracy. (Contact your Extension office for on-site testing.) Don’t use an electric pressure cooker for pressure canning, even if there is a “canning” or “steam canning” function. We haven’t seen enough research to vouch for the safety of these methods, particularly with the considerations of preserving at high altitude.


A rack is essential for canning! Jars that sit directly on the bottom of the canner can crack. You can purchase a dedicated rack, or fashion one of your own making from canning rings or aluminum foil.


Mason jars are preferred to get the best results with the least breakage. Reuse jars as long as they are clean and free of chips and cracks.

Lids and rings:

We recommend two-part lid system including the ring and self-sealing lids. Self-sealing lids can only be used one time for processing. Use metal screw bands repeatedly, as long as they are not dented, deformed, or rusty.

Jar lifter:

A dedicated jar lifter, sized just right for grasping jars, makes moving jars in and out of boiling water much easier and safer.

Other helpful kitchen tools include:

  • Wide-mouthed funnel
  • Ladle
  • Bubble freer, chopstick, or plastic knife to remove air bubbles (do not use metal)
  • Ruler or plastic head space tool for accurately measuring head space

By: Kate Williamson-Kate Williamson is a Master Food Safety Advisor volunteer with Colorado State University Extension in Larimer Country

Range Management

Retta Bruegger: Regional Extension Specialist – Western Region, Range Management

Seasonal Topic: How Many Livestock Will Your Land Support?

Agriculture & Business Management

Jenny Beiermann: Regional Extension Specialist- Agriculture & Business Management Economist

Stockmanship & Stewardship Regional Tour

Mark your calendar and plan to join us in Montrose, September 21-22! This unique two-day event will feature:

  • Low-Stress Cattle handling Demos
  • BQA Certification
  • Facility Design and much more!


Meredith Shrader: Area Extension Agent, Entomology

Seasonal Topic: Managing Houseplant Pests

TRA 4-H Program

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

Another successful year of 4-H!

Lets think about 4-H Enrollment for 2018-2019:

The 2018-2019 4-H enrollment period will be starting in the end of October and continues to May 1st, 2019 for new enrollments.

4‑H programs are grounded in the belief that kids learn best by doing. Members complete hands-on projects in areas like science, health, agriculture and citizenship, in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Members can concentrate on one focus area or they can try a variety of programs throughout their 4‑H experience.

Our 4-H programs are also always looking for adult volunteers to share their leadership and expertise with our members!

Please visit tra4h.org for more information or call your local office.

STEM & K-12

Barbara Shaw: Regional Extension Specialist – STEM

Nicole Goza: 4H Associate

Rain Gauge Give Away!

Colorado Department of Education has adopted new science standards this year, and given schools until 2020 to meet them. We are here to help! We have a CoCoRaHS rain gauge to give to a school in each county to support real-world science that will engage your students! By incorporating CoCoRaHS program into your classroom, you will make significant progress in meeting the newly adopted science standards!

Extension Calendar

  • September 3, 2018- Labor Day (All Offices Closed)
  • September 21-22, 2018- Stockmanship & Stewardship Event
  • October 1, 2018- Montrose 4-H Council Blood Drive
  • October 2, 2018- Spanish ServSafe Class
  • October 4, 2018- Spanish Food Handlers Class
  • October 5, 2018- Pasture Demonstration Plot Open House
  • October 8, 2018- Columbus Day
  • October 13, 2018- Plant Sale and Tree Auction
  • November 4, 2018- Daylight Saving Time Ends
  • November 11, 2018- Veteran's Day
  • November 22, 2018- Thanksgiving (All Offices Closed 22nd-23rd)
We're Here For You

Tri River Area Colorado State University Extension

Call your local office to see what we can assist you with today!

Mesa: 970-244-1834 Delta: 970-874-2195 Montrose & Ouray: 970-249-3935

Be sure to check out our website and follow us on Social Media!

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