Virtual Training #4: Crops Drought Management

March 4, 2022


Learn about critical crop periods, triage decision making, irrigation and soil management to buffer drought.

Speakers & Bios

José L. Chávez, PhD –

Dr. José L. Chávez is an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, and an Irrigation Specialist (CSU Extension), at Colorado State University. He earned a B.Sc. degree in Agricultural Engineering from Paraiba Federal University in 1992 (Campina Grande, Paraiba, Brazil). In 1999, Dr. Chávez received a M.Sc. degree in Irrigation Engineering from Utah State University, Logan, UT. From the same institution, he earned a Ph.D. degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering in 2005. Dr. Chávez has teaching, research, service and extension responsibilities at CSU. His expertise is in agricultural irrigation water management, distributed crop evapotranspiration (ET) modeling using remote sensing, and irrigation and drainage systems engineering design. He teaches Irrigation Systems Design, Irrigation Water Management, and Drainage and Wetland Engineering. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, the Irrigation Association, and the U.S. Commission on Irrigation and Drainage.

Dr. Joe Brummer – Joe has worked for Colorado State University since 1994, first at the Mountain Meadow Research Center in Gunnison for 12 years conducting research and extension programs in the area of high elevation forage and livestock production. He then moved to the main campus in Fort Collins in 2006 where he currently has statewide responsibilities in the area of forage production and management. He grew up in south-central Kansas on a dryland wheat and livestock operation. All three of his degrees are in range management with emphasis on grazing management. He gained practical experience working with improved forages in both the sub irrigated hay meadows in the Nebraska Sandhills and the mountain hay meadows in western Colorado. Working with improved forages has allowed him to combine his interests in agronomy with pasture and livestock production.

Simon Martinez – Simon Martinez is the General Manager of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm and Ranch Enterprise, a farm that consists of 110 center pivot sprinklers, which irrigate 7,700 acres of farmland. They grow and harvest alfalfa hay, non-GMO corn varieties, and range feed for a 650-head cow/calf operation. Martinez also manages Farm & Ranch’s subsidiary company, Bow & Arrow Brand, LLC, which mills, packages, and sells products that are non-GMO project verified, gluten-free, and kosher certified.  Aside from these professional obligations, he serves as the Vice President of the Dolores Water Conservancy District and sits on the Colorado Ag Commission Board.

Ron Meyer – Ron Meyer holds three degrees in agriculture.  One from Bismarck State College and two from North Dakota State University.  Ron has been employed by North Dakota State University and currently is an Agronomist with Colorado State University located in Burlington, Co.  He has 180 publications and holds a Colorado Certified Crop Advisor license.  Ron currently serves on 8 boards and committees both within Colorado and nationally.

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