Project Technical Bulletin Now Available Here!

This practical "how-to guide" provides guidance on using conservation tillage under furrow irrigation to growers, crop consultants, and public sector practitioners. This guide incorporates 4 years of field research done near Fort Collins and years of work done on the Western Slope as well as wisdom and experience of local farmers practicing conservation tillage.


Our Team

This project is focused on increasing knowledge, interest, and adoption of conservation tillage in the northern front range of Colorado.

Although the demonstration sites and outreach activities are focused in this region, participation from interested parties outside the area are encouraged. One of the unique aspects of this project is the diverse group of involved entities and individuals.

This project is a collaborative effort that was driven by local producers, conservation districts, and industry members. Colorado State University researchers and extension personnel along with local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff are helping to organize and carry out project goals.

Erik Wardle
CSU Dept. Soil & Crop Sciences

Troy Bauder
CSU Dept. Soil & Crop Sciences

Phil Westra
CSU Bio Ag. Sciences

Todd Boldt

Kierra Jewell
CSU Dept. Soil & Crop Sciences

Colorado Water Institute/CSU Extension

  • Joel Schneekloth


  • Bob Bee
  • Chris Fryrear
  • Mark Collins
  • Karl Whitman
  • Gabe Whitman


  • Ardell Halvorson

Contributing Entities

  • Big Thompson Conservation District, Gordon Gilstrap
  • Fort Collins Conservation District, Troy Seaworth
  • Orthman Manufacturing, Mike Petersen
  • Fontanelle Hybrid Seed

Local Producers

  • Tim Kerbs
  • Ken Knievel
  • Troy Seaworth
  • Craig Sitzman