Small Acreage Management:

Soils - More than Just Dirt!
Colorado Soil Conservation Program
Farm Tours and Webinars

Program Scope

Soil Program

Participants will learn the importance of soils and how to implement soil conservation management practices such as rotational grazing, tree planting, and grass seeding to reduce soil erosion. Multiple field tours will offer on-farm, hands-on demonstrations and discussions of these soil erosion reduction techniques. Soil erosion by wind and water has serious environmental and economic impacts in Colorado. Not only does soil loss affect agricultural productivity, but the transport of sediments can affect water quality which has subsequent impacts on industries, municipalities, and even households.

Pre-Requisite Webinars

Participants are required to watch recorded webinars prior to the farm tours. These webinars will provide essential background information for the farm tours and will allow for more in-depth learning.

Intro to Soils and Soil Erosion
Reduction Techniques Webinar

Watch live on March 27, 2014 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm MT

Click here to watch this one-hour webinar.

Wind erosion on soil

Participants will learn how soils are formed and the importance of soils in agriculture. We will discuss how soil erosion happens and explain the environmental impacts and costs associated with soil erosion. Soil erosion reduction practices such as windbreaks, grazing management, and grass seeding will be introduced. Presented by Kari Sever, USDA-NRCS Soil Scientist.

Pasture Management on Small Acreages Webinar

Pasture management and soil

Good grazing management ensures long-lasting healthy pastures. Jennifer Cook, CSU Extension/NRCS Small Acreage Management Coordinator, will provide the tools and knowledge to be a better pasture manager. Learn the basics of how grass grows, how to avoid overgrazing and weeds, and how to set-up an appropriate grazing system for your property. Click here to watch this one-hour webinar.

Windbreak Design & Maintenance in Colorado Webinar

Participants will learn how to plan and plant a proper windbreak, including site selection, soil considerations and species selection. If you already have a windbreak in place, learn about proper care, maintenance, and wildlife protection. This webinar is appropriate for landowners all over Colorado. Planting a windbreak on your property can provide numerous benefits including energy savings and habitat for wildlife. Presented by Megan Lowery, Conservation and Education Technician for West Greeley Conservation District. Click here to watch this one-hour webinar.

Renovating and Reseeding Your Pasture Webinar

Reseeding pasture

Learn to evaluate if your pasture is suitable for renovation or if it needs to be reseeded. We will describe renovation techniques such as fertilization, aerating, ripping, and interseeding. The complete reseeding process will also be discussed. Presented by Joe Brummer, Associate Professor/Extension Forage Specialist, Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University. Click here to watch this one-hour webinar.

Boulder County Farm Tour

April 26, 2014
8:30 am – 3 pm MT

Participants will ride in vans to tour multiple farm locations:

  • Soil pit will allow participants to see deep layers of soil below the ground as NRCS soil scientist, Andy Steinert, leads a talk about soils
  • Multispecies pasture grazing system with chickens and cattle
  • Established windbreak and talk about tree planting
  • Grass seeding demonstration and seeding discussion

$15 per person or $20 per couple. Lunch is included. Meet at Boulder County Extension Building in Longmont Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, CO 80501. Contact Sharon Bokan with questions at sbokan@bouldercounty.org 303-678-6238

Farm tour

Douglas County Farm Tour

August 23, 2014

8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Participants will ride in vans to tour multiple farm locations:

  • Soil pit will allow participants to see deep layers of soil below the ground as NRCS soil scientist, Andy Steinert, leads a talk about soils
  • Rotational grazing system
  • Established windbreak and talk about tree planting
  • Grass seeding demonstration and seeding discussion

$15 per person or $20 per couple. Lunch is included.

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Tour starts at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Extension office, located at 410 Fairgrounds Rd. Castle Rock, CO. Contact Joe Julian at jjulian@douglas.co.us 720-733-6951 or Pam Brewster pam.brewster@co.nacdnet.net 303-688-3042 ext.100

Farm tour

Delta County Farm Tour

May 17, 2014
8:30 am – 3 pm MT

Tour of grass seeding demonstration project at Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss:

  • Grass seeding demonstration and discussion on grass seeding for both dryland and irrigated systems
  • Look at on-site irrigation system, learn proper irrigation techniques
  • Observe and discuss how permanent vegetative cover improves soils and reduces soil losses
  • Discuss pasture management techniques

$15 per person or $20 per couple. Lunch is included.

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Meet at Delta County Fairgrounds, 403 S. 4th Street, Hotchkiss, CO 81419. Contact John Rizza with questions at john.rizza@colostate.edu 970-243-5068 ext.128

Grass tour

Park County Farm Tour

June 14, 2014

Participants will visit a small acreage farm in Fairplay:

  1. Soil pit will allow participants to look at soil horizons and discuss soil characteristics.
  2. Carrying capacity and clipping a pasture/measure production/etc.
  3. Noxious weeds and weed control
  4. Pasture Management and reseeding discussion
  5. Discuss soil erosion issues and tree planting techniques for windbreaks.

$15 per person or $20 per couple. We will meet at the CSU Extension office, 880 Vogue in Fairplay, and take a bus from there. Click here for the brochure. To register, or for more information contact Deb Lester at 970-523-6971 or deborah.lester@colostate.edu

The Soil Conservation Program is presented by Colorado State University Extension, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Longmont Conservation District, Boulder Valley Conservation District, and Douglas County Conservation District. Programs are available to all without discrimination. If you need special accommodation(s) to participate in the event listed, please contact Jennifer Cook at 303-659-7004 ext.3. Your request must be submitted at least 5 days in advance of event.

Updated Tuesday, July 22, 2014