Playa Renovation: Haynes Farm, Holyoke, CO

Dec 22, 2015

Credit USGS

Holyoke, CO, farmer Larry Haynes talks about putting land "to its best use." For decades he attempted to farm playas in his fields but said he "rarely" was able to harvest crops grown in those wetlands. He decided to forget attempting to farm the playas and instead renovate them and plant large plant buffers around them, thus putting the playas "to their best use" as wildlife habitat.

Biologist Jerry Miller drew up plans to renovate the playas and create plant buffers. As expensive as farming is today, Haynes says it makes no sense to pour expensive ag inputs into a mud hole.


Jerry Miller
Farm Bill Biologist
Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever
Sterling, CO

Larry Haynes
Holyoke, CO

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