Grain harvest is just around the corner and many farmers will use the practice of burning wheat, barley and corn stubble after their grain has been harvested in their fields. This practice has proven to be a relatively inexpensive way of handling excess straw and corn stubble, weeds and crop diseases.
The problem is that regulations could limit the ability to use burning as a tool to control crop residue. As farmers and ranchers, we want to be as proactive as possible and come up with ideas and possible solutions for burning and controlling crop residue. Our suggestions could help government officials as they deal with this issue.
You are invited to attend a crop residue and weed control meeting on Thursday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Box Elder County Fairgrounds Auction Barn at 400 North 1000 West in Tremonton. The meeting is sponsored by Box Elder County, Northern Utah Soil Conservation Service and USU Extension.
The purpose of the meeting is to bring state and local government officials, soil specialists and you, the producer, together to discuss the pros and cons of stubble burning. This meeting is not intended to "tell you" how to manage your residue, but to present what we know about burning and to "listen" and have a discussion about the pros and cons of this practice.