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Agriculture Statistics, Acres & Overview
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Agriculture Statistics, Acres & Overview

View statistics and data of Boulder County open space agriculture lands.

Acreage Breakdown

Land Type Areas
Irrigated Cropland 20,057
Dryland Cropland 4,933
Range 7,439
Out of Production
(Roads, ditches, buildings, wildlife habitat, other)
1,882
TOTAL 34,311

Water Usage for Crops

Crop Acre Feet of Water Needed
Alfalfa 2.5
Beans 1.32
Corn 1.8
Sugar
Beets
2.12
Grains 1.5
Vegetables 1.5 – 3.0

Annual Report & Census Data

Agriculture Program Overview

Ongoing Management Practices

  • Evaluating and exercising water rights, lining and maintaining irrigation ditches and reservoirs
  • Installing center-pivot irrigation systems to cut water use in half and reduce soil erosion by 95%
  • Fencing cropland and riparian areas to help achieve our livestock management goals
  • Re-vegetating lands taken out of production and converting marginal cropland back to grassland
  • Mapping properties using GIS to track and compare farm yields and efficiencies
  • Combating noxious weeds

What Happens on Agricultural Lands

  • 62 tenants
  • 128 leases
  • Over 90% of all crops grown end up in the food system

Crops Grown

  • Alfalfa and Grass
  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Corn
  • Sugar Beets
  • Pinto Beans
  • Sunflowers

Types of Production

  • Conventional
  • Certified Organic
  • Regenerative Ag
  • Organic Practices
  • Non-Organic
  • Agritainment

Soil Health Grants

In 2023, Parks & Open Space distributed nearly $200,000 to agriculture tenants to increase the adoption of soil health principles.

  • 8 – compost projects
  • 5 – cover crops
  • 3 – mineral balancing
  • 2 – livestock integration
  • 2 – biochar application
  • 1 – plant diversity
  • 1 – no-till practice
  • 1 – hedgerow
  • Total Acres Improved: 3,097

In 2024, Parks & Open Space plans to award $450,000 to tenants to further increase the adoption of soil health principles. See the Soil Health Initiative for more information.

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