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3rd Annual Southwest Agricultural Seminar

…was a Success!

Focus: Farm Profitability

Keynote Speaker, Dan Buerkle, gave an overview of his dryland farming operation, focusing on sustainable agronomic practices. He has successfully (and profitably) utilized no-till practices, continuous cropping, and crop diversification to preserve soil health and farm profitability.

Topics throughout the day centered on profitability and sustainability. Joe Lanier spoke about his experiences with innovative practices in raising cattle; Dr. Shawn Archibeque focused on using ruminant animals on a cash crop farm, and Dan Hobbs discussed producer cooperatives and how they affect our local communities.

Local experiments were also featured in the seminar; Dr. Abdel Berrada gave an update on the Cover Crop Trials happening at the CSU Experiment Station, and Travis Custer and Brian Wilson presented HDCD’s Trial of Drip Irrigation using a Center Pivot.

The seminar wrapped up with a panel discussion with the speakers sharing their experiences and innovative practices in a Q & A session.

We were able to obtain copies of most of the presentations given during the seminar. Please use the links below to view and download individual presentations in PDF format.

“How I Changed from Wanting to Retire to Making Money and Having Fun” – Part I  and  Part II – Keynote Speaker Dan Buerkle

Livestock & Soil Health – Joe Lanier

Our Experiences with HDCD Trial of Drip Irrigation using Center Pivot – Travis Custer & Brian Wilson

The Feasibility of Cover Crops in Dryland Cropping Systems in SW Colorado and SE Utah – Dr. Abdel Berrada & Courtney Roseberry

Using Ruminants to Optimize Economic Opportunities on Horticultural Lands– Dr. Shawn Archibeque

Introduction to Producer Cooperatives – Dan Hobbs

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