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Crack Open Some Fun For Breakfast

Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different commodity to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. This month, Colorado eggs are featured in the Egg Bake Breakfast Bread recipe.

There are 3.8 million hens in Colorado producing more than 1 billion eggs every year. Eggs are a

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Stressed Trees Need Some Help

By Ron Gosnell

Several Lyons area landowners have asked me to look at their trees recently, because many woody plants in our community are showing signs of stress. Stressed trees, especially non-native species, had late opening buds, branch die-back, smaller than normal leaves, and brown evergreen foliage. They do not look so good.

It is no wonder that trees around here are struggling.

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How To Straighten A Crooked Log

By Ron Gosnell
Editor’s note: Ron Gosnell is a retired forester who lives in the Lyons area and who has helped owners manage their forests for over forty years.

With summer coming, many forest landowners will soon be hard at work to make their homes, property, and family safer from wildfire. This usually involves cutting down excess trees and brush. Often the lower quality trees are selected for removal in a “fuel reduction” process. The result is that in many cases, the crooked logs of cut trees look to be worthless.  Landowners or contractors end up cutting them into random-length pieces for easier handling, to be manually loaded and then dropped off at a place that accepts this material.

This may be the easiest thing to do depending upon circumstance. However, when there are enough trees of reasonable quality to be thinned, that presents an opportunity to cut wood products. To do so is not that difficult. Wood posts, rails, poles and saw logs must be fairly straight, branchless with flush cuts, and have straight-end cuts to specific

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Asparagus Adds Color and Flavor to Meals

Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different commodity to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. This month, Colorado asparagus is featured in the Asparagus with Lemon and Pistachios recipe.

 
The asparagus plant is a member of the lily family, which also includes onions, leeks and garlic. Asparagus is low in calories, fat free and sodium free. It is a good source of vitamins A and C and

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Turtles: a Rite of Spring!

With Spring lurching forward in Colorado, you might not be surprised to see a land or water turtle on the move. This is a time when turtles may seek a new home, move to their regular summer areas from hibernation, or be crossing a road that crosses their habitat. If you see a turtle on a

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