Biennial Field Day also Groundbreaking for new Extension Office

What: Field Day and Groundbreaking

Where: Research Center, one mile east of Rocky Ford on Hwy 50 and south 1/4 mile on County Road 21

When: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 4

Colorado State University’s Arkansas Valley Research Center will hold its Biennial Agricultural Field Day along with the groundbreaking event for the new CSU Extension office. The program will be on Tuesday, September 4 at 3:30 p.m.

The Arkansas Valley Research Center is planning a short dedication ceremony, a wagon tour of selected research plots and a picnic supper. There will be a drone and irrigation sensor demonstration as well as displays from other research projects.

The Research Center was established in 1888 and is the oldest continuously operated agricultural experiment station in Colorado. Situated on over 100 acres, the Research Center was established to serve the research needs of the irrigated farming area of southeast Colorado extending from Pueblo County on the west to the Kansas border on the east. In addition to being the site for irrigated crop research, the Research Center is home to the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab and the soon to be constructed CSU Extension Office.

The event will include presentations from CSU President, Dr. Tony Frank, Horticulturalist, Dr Mike Bartolo, Irrigation Specialist, Joel Schneekloth, Regional Water Resource Specialist, and Dr. Gene Niles of the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. The field day is free and open to everyone. Following the tour, there will be a picnic supper. Visitors are welcome to visit any area of the Research Center before or after the regular tour. The Research Center is located one mile east of Rocky Ford on Hwy 50 and south 1/4 mile on County Road 21. Contact Mike Bartolo at 719-254-6312 for more information.