Grass Tour 2023 Registration

We are very excited about our Grass Tour this year! Thank you for joining us for a great educational tour, we can’t wait to see you there! If you have any questions, please email or call 970-356-7002

About the 2023 Grass Tour

This year’s grass tour will be supported by CO-SRM, Colorado Open Lands, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, CSU Extension Office, Colorado Watershed Assembly, West Greeley conservation District and the Roberts Ranch.
Pawnee Buttes Seed has been working hard to plan a beneficial and educational tour for all of you this year!
August 17th, we will focus on Small Acreage Managment. Looking at various properties north of Greeley, CO. Including Pawnee Buttes Seed Owner Don Hijars 27-acre horse property , where will discuss the various management approaches, he uses to get the maximum potential out of his property.
August 18th, we will be visiting the Roberts Ranch in Livermore, CO. Taking a look at the history of the ranch, grazing management, weed management, wildlife management and an interesting drought resiliency project.
You can purchase tickets for one or both days.

Schedule of Events

August 17th: Small Acreage Management

Meeting Location: Platte River Fort
Address: 22999 US-34, Greeley, CO 80631
7am-8:00am: Registration w/ Coffee and Donuts
8:00am-9:30am: Introductions and presentations
Topics and Speakers:
Don Hijar, Owner Pawnee Buttes Seed
  • Introduction and reason for the 2023 Grass Tour
Platte River Fort Employee
  • History of the Platte River Fort and property Management
Karla Melgar, Small Acreage Management Specialist, CSU Extension
  • Working with small acreage landowners and small acreage management
Martha Sullins, Extension Front Range Regional Specialist, CSU
  • Land Conversion in the front range, importance of agriculture, and being a steward of the land.
9:30am-10:30am: Tour of the Platte River Fort Property, looking at their hay operation and management
10:30am-11:30am: Load bus, and tour of Pawnee Buttes Seed facility, and Plant Identification
11:30am-1:00pm: Load Bus, Return to Platte River Fort for lunch
1:00pm-4:00pm: Small acreage site visitsDon Hijars 27-acre horse property, and other locations.

August 18th: Roberts Ranch Tour

Meeting Location: Livermore Community Hall
Address: 2044 W County Road 74e, Livermore, CO
7:00am-8:00am: Registration/Coffee and Donuts
8:00am-8:30am: Introductions
9:00am-10:00am: Eagle’s Nest Site Visit
Casey Cisneros, Larimer County Weed District Manager
Derek Sebastian, Western Area Sales Manager, Envu
Noe Marymore, Envu
  • Taking a look at Eagle’s Nest Open Space and a Rejuvra project to help combat Cheatgrass.
10:00am- 11:00am: Colorado Ag Water Alliance Project with Zach Thode
Zach Thode, Professional Agricultural Engineer/Rancher
Phil Brink, Colorado Cattleman’s association
Greg Peterson, Colorado Ag Water Alliance
  • Taking a look at a recent Colorado Ag Water Alliance project on Zach Thodes Property
11:30am-12:30am: Lunch at Livermore Community Center
1:00pm-4:00pm: Roberts Ranch Tour
Ryan White, Founder of Snaplands
Zach Thode, Professional Agricultural Engineer/Rancher
  • With an interactive and educational tour of the Roberts ranch, touching on ecology, economics, range monitoring, and grazing plans.

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