Area Extension Agent (Entomology/Agronomy)
Tri River Area Extension
P.O. Box 20,000-5028
Grand Junction CO 81502-5028
B.S. Natural Resources, 1975, University of Michigan , Ann Arbor
M.S. Entomology, 1988, Colorado State University, Fort Collins,
1988-2003 - Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station, Western Colorado Research
Center, Fruita CO. Responsible for research programs involving integrated management
of insect and mite pests attacking field crops and vegetables.
1986-1987 - Agro Engineering, Monte Vista CO. Managed crop pest scouting program for agricultural consulting firm.
1976-1979 - Michigan State University Extension, Centreville MI. Pest scout in commercial field crop and vegetable production in southwest Michigan.
The entomology/agronomy extension program covers insect diagnostics and insect management concerns within the Tri River Area. The program focuses on using research as a basis for solving local insect problems in agriculture. Extension workshops are conducted on important local issues as needed. A significant amount of time is spent responding to calls regarding horticultural and homeowner entomology. Current education and research programs include:
• Workshops on timely issues such as mosquito/West Nile Virus control and pinyon Ips
control for homeowners
• Insect management for commercial sweet corn growers
• Management of onion thrips and Iris Yellow Spot Virus in onions
• Biological control of field bindweed with Aceria malherbae
• Management of insects affecting production of native plant seed
• Late season cutting schedule impact on alfalfa health
• Insect diagnostic laboratory
Comments should be addressed to
Dr. Curtis E. Swift, Area Extension Agent, Horticulture
Colorado State Extension
2775 US Hwy 50, Grand Junction, CO. 81503