Farm & Ranch Resources

Get resources for farmers, ranchers, landowners and ditch companies affected by the flood.

FAQs

The Colorado State University Extension put together a list of answers to frequent questions their office has received over the past several weeks.


Unmet Needs Survey of Landowners, Farmers & Ranchers

A survey was sent to landowners, farmers and ranchers directly affected by the September 2013 flood waters in Boulder, Larimer, Weld, Morgan and Logan Counties.


Forage, Feed and Pasture

Pastures and forage were affected by the recent rainfalls and flooding. Pastures will be soaked, muddy and access should be restricted until the soil had dried out. Forage may be moldy and not suitable for grazing and should be mowed down when the pastures can be accessed with equipment. Pastures that were eroded or have deposition of soil and debris will need renovation prior to being grazed. Feed that was soaked by the rain should be dried out or disposed of depending on its condition. Any feed, forage or pasture that was flooded has different concerns due to the unknown contaminants that are contained in the flood waters.


Trees & Landscaping

Trees and landscaping plant materials damaged by both flooding and the heavy rains are a concern for landowners.


Wells

Wells can be contaminated by both flood waters and heavy rains. The contamination consists of materials such as soil, runoff contaminated with oils, greases, metals, pesticides, fertilizers and other contaminants from paved areas, dry lots and roads, as well as biological agents such as E. coli and other fecal materials. Damage to well head and pump is also a consideration.

Actions

  1. Have well components inspected prior to trying to restart well
  2. Repair the well component if required
  3. Test the water prior to using for drinking, washing dishes and clothing
  4. Follow recommended procedures to disinfect the well

Additional Resources


Weeds & Other Undesirable Plants

Next year there may be infestations of plants, like weeds, that you have not seen on your property before. Some of these plants may not be a problem but you may have received some that you do not want. Landowners need to be vigilant over the next few years to watch for new plants. The plants should be identified and then a course of action developed from eradication to letting them grow.


Livestock & Fencing

Creeks, streams and rivers have changed course and washed out fencing and undercut banks making pastures unsafe for livestock. In addition to fencing issues, there is also potential for injury from debris, disease from the flood waters and moldy forage and stress from the flooding.


Contacts

Colorado State University Extension

303-678-6383
CSU Extension
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