Trying to decide between blue gamma or basin wildrye? Potomac or Piaute orchardgrass? Dryland crops or irrigated?
In keeping with this year's Delta County Fair theme, "Sow It, Grow It, Show It," visitors to the county fairgrounds in Hotchkiss can take a self-guided tour of a new garden test plot to see firsthand which grasses grow well in the agriculturally-rich area and learn the specific uses, characteristics, soil and water needs of each variety and how best to manage the crops.
Located on a two-acre plot on the southeast corner of the Delta County Fairgrounds, the Tri-River Area grass pasture demonstration plot includes 17 irrigated and 17 dryland grass species considered "best suited to grow in the local area," according to the handout, "Improving Stewardship in Pastures," available at the site.
Walking along the rows and rows of well-tended crops allows visitors to compare first-hand about the many grasses suitable for growing in the Delta County area. Colorado State University Tri-River Area Extension, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Delta County, the Delta Conservation District and the Colorado Association of Conservation Districts worked together to create the test plots in 2014 "to help you meet your agricultural and natural resources management objectives."
The test plot is located at the southeast corner of the fairgrounds. The public is invited to tour the site while visiting the fair, which runs through Aug. 9.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.