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The Golden Plains Area Extension Program is a joint effort of the counties in Colorado's Northeastern Plains.

The Golden Plains Area Extension Program is a joint effort of the counties in Colorado's Northeastern Plains to provide citizens with valued Extension resources.

Becoming a Master Gardener

This fall is registration time for those wanting to become a Colorado Master Gardener (CMG). Just what do Colorado Master Gardeners do? They assist Colorado State University Extension in disseminating and educating on the topic of horticulture. What sort of projects does a Master Gardener do? Over the years, CMG volunteers help with community gardens, demonstration gardens, teaching children gardening, teaching adults gardening and more. Other types of projects include help with the Burlington Seed Library, building Little Free Libraries, doing fundraising, helping with grant writing, writing articles and doing Facebook posts. The initial training will be January – April 2022 and cost $200 for CMG Apprentices. The training program is conducted remotely. Golden Plains Area applicants can opt for getting together for labs or other social events. If you would like to contact CSU Horticulture Agent Linda Langelo for any further details or questions, please call (970)474-3479.

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Can I Save Wheat Seed?

Throughout the ages, farmers have planted seed saved from their previous wheat crop. When making seed wheat decisions, they selected the best quality seed from the highest yielding varieties. Choosing wheat varieties based on yield and quality continues, but now seed decisions include a new considerations. With the advent of hybrid crops like corn, farmers discovered that they did not get the advantage of hybrid vigor when they saved their seed, the ensuing crop was not uniform, and yields were poor. It was quickly learned they needed to buy new seed each year of these hybrid crops to maximize yields. This annual purchase of hybrid seed commercialized the corn seed business and resulted in enormous investment into research and development for improved corn hybrids. Consequently, technology in corn has benefitted farmers with increased yield potentials. But what about a non-hybrid crop like wheat? With the passage of the US Plant Variety Protection Act in 1970, congress encouraged private investment into development of new plant varieties, including wheat. That investment is now paying off in the form of new and improved wheat genetics. However, an important component of this act was the farmer’s right so save seed from some varieties. Section 113 of the act states, “It shall not infringe any right hereunder for a person to save seed produced by the person from seed obtained, or descended from seed obtained, by authority of the owner of the variety for seeding purposes and use such saved seed in the production of a crop for use on the farm …”

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Langelo Receives Horticulture Acheivement Award

The Golden Plains Area Extension Horticulture Agent, Linda Langelo has been awarded the Lois Woodward Paul Memorial Award for outstanding horticulture achievements in her horticulture career. The award is given by the Professional Gardener Program started by Pierre DuPont, the founder and creator of Longwood Gardens. The alumni of the program vote on nominees to decide who should receive the award based on their horticulture achievements. The Executive Director, Patti Tingle, of the Holly Foundation located in Salisbury, Maryland nominated Linda for the award. Here is some of what she had to share with the alumni: “Known to me for over 30 years, Linda Langelo is an exceptional example of who has devoted their life interest and career to making the field of horticulture accessible to others. I first became acquainted with Linda when she volunteered her time to educate youth and adults with physical disabilities and cognitive delays in gaining hands-on experience and understanding of the world of plants and their care. She shared freely and patiently with each and later developed a Landscape Manual for our facilities with a one-acre therapeutic garden before relocating out of the state - a great loss to our programs.”

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