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It’s hard to believe, but the autumn equinox is right around the corner. Although, no one here in the lower Arkansas Valley is looking back, farmers are too busy looking down, picking peppers – lots of peppers! 
I’m pleased to report that the hot and dry weather that finally found us this summer has extended the growing season. Melons, tomatoes, and other veggies are thriving. This summer, most farms had plenty of irrigation water and that makes us very happy. We hope it does you too. While the unreasonably hot weather we’ve experienced lately has taken its toll on ranch pastures, the cows look good and so do their calves.  Now is the time to stock up on the summer bounty. Be sure to head out to the St. Charles Mesa in Pueblo. The locally-owned farm stands are chock full of the seasons best produce.

Personally, I'm looking forward to getting off the farm on October 3 for Palmer's 10th Anniversary Southern Colorado Conservation Awards. We'll be honoring five of Colorado's greatest conservation champions, including Dr. Mike Bartolo, a friend and colleague, who will receive the Innovation in Conservation award for his pioneering work to breed the best Pueblo Chile and his dedication to Colorado agriculture.  I hope you will join me.

Matt Heimerich
Lower Arkansas Valley
Conservation Director
Palmer Land Trust 
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