agriculture

Lynn Betts / NRCS

We usually associate organic production with environmental stewardship and sustainability, but good farming practices trump organic certification when it comes to controlling weeds.  Whether farming conventionally or organically, the time to put the whoa on weeds is when you first see them.  Azure Farms, Moro, Oregon, must have missed this concept in their farm plan.

The third weekend in May 2017 brought plummeting temperatures to the Four Corners area. As a cold front moved in, a weather station at the Cortez Airport reported a low of 31 on Thursday night, 26 on Friday night, and 28 on Saturday night. While those temperatures are not uncommon in May, they seriously damaged fruit crops in local orchards.  Jude Schuenemeyer with Montezuma Orchard Resoration Project joined KSJD's Austin Cope on Morning Edition to talk more about the effects of the freeze. 

Spring Weather Slowing Cornbelt Planting

May 18, 2017
Lynn Betts / NRCS

As the storms we've seen this spring have passed through the Four Corners Region, they've moved into the Midwest and created slowdowns for farmers planting fields corn and soybeans.  Reports of flooded fields and planting slowdowns have been over reported but haven't affected futures prices as much as commodity traders initially thought it would.

Main Stream Ag Publications Shifting Focus

May 15, 2017
ClickArt

Mainstream agricultural publications are including more articles about small farms and alternative crops, which is a shift from what readers would see a decade ago. 

Scott Spear

In final segment of a three-part series on River Radio about the 2017 spill on the Dolores River out of McPhee Dam and the relationships between various Dolores River stakeholders, host Sam Carter talks with local boater Scott Spear about his thoughts on the boating community centered on the Dolores River, his experiences floating the lower Dolores River this year, and why communication is the key to building strong relationships around water management.

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