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2018 NAP: USDA Encourages Producers to Consider Risk Protection Coverage: Oct. 2 Deadline

Montana producers have until Oct. 2, 2017 to sign-up for FSA’s Noninsurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage for all 2018 Annual Fall-Seeded Crops, Perennial Forage and Grazing, Mixed Forage Crops (includes spring seeded annual...

 

Farm Service Agency Reminds Producers of CRP Deadlines

The Richland County FSA Office reminds producers of the upcoming Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) deadlines. · Sept. 15: All Hay Bales Must be Removed from Emergency CRP · Sept. 13: 2017 CRP Managed Summer/Fall Grazing Period Ends · Sept. 13:...

 

Spotlight on Economics: Challenges and Opportunities in the World Beef Market

International beef trade issues continue to be dynamic and are impacting cattle prices short and long term. The U.S. is a major producer of beef, pork, chicken and turkey in the world and also a major exporter of those commodities. The U.S. also is...

 

IPM Crop Scout Program at Williston Research Extension Center

For the past 19 years, North Dakota State University has sustained an active Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Crop Scout Program. This has been made possible through the U.S. Department of...

 

Richland County Fair 4-H Grand Champions

This year at the Richland County Fair, 4-H members brought many market animals to show and sell. On Friday, August 4th, the 4-Hers with market animals participated in both the Showmanship and Market...

 

4-H Impacting the Lives of Future Agriculturalists

Andrina Turnquist Andrina Turnquist grew up on a farm outside of Alexander and that is where her love of agriculture began. From working at the NDSU Williston Research Extension as a summer worker,...

 

Harvest For Seniors Project

The Harvest for Seniors project connects local farmers and gardeners to area seniors through a project that addresses senior nutritional needs. This will be the fifth year that the project will be distributing fresh fruits and vegetables to area seni...

 

By Decoding Genome Of Ancient Wheat, MSU Scientist, Global Team Create 'Time Tunnel' To Days Before Agriculture

A global team of researchers including Hikmet Budak, Montana State University's Winifred Asbjornson Plant Sciences Chair, in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, has decoded for the...

 

Deadline to Enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) North Dakota Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director (SED) Brian Haugen reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and/or Price Loss...

 

MSU/EARC Field Day

The MSU Extension and Eastern Ag Research Center in Sidney held their annual Field Day on July 19. Area scientists shared their current research and data with producers and ag prof...

 

Director of Agriculture Visits Sidney

Montana Director of Agriculture, Ben Thomas was in Sidney July 19th to tour Sidney Sugars and attend the MSU/EARC Field Day. Later that evening he attended a meet & greet at the Meadowlark Public...

 

Supporting Producers During Tough Seasons

Generations of Montanans have cultivated the land and passed family farms and ranches down to their children. Their work has built Montana’s economy and preserved a way of life that still defines our state today. But with the ground cracking...

 

Farm Bureau National Commodity Conference Covers Pertinent Issues

Immigration and trade-top stories in mainstream news-are major issues for farmers and ranchers. During the 2017 Farm Bureau National Commodity Conference July 16-18 in Rogers, Ark., state Farm Bureau commodity leaders shared issues and policy...

 

Richland County Farm Bureau to Host Meet And Greet With Director of Agriculture, Ben Thomas

Richland County Farm Bureau is excited to announce that Montana Director of Agriculture, Ben Thomas will be in Sidney July 19th from 4 to 6 pm at Meadowlark Brewery. All are welcome to come meet and s...

 

18th Annual Ag Appreciation Golf Tournament Winners

The Sidney Chamber held its annual Ag Appreciation Golf Tournament on July 10 at the Sidney Country Club....

 

36th Swank Variety Plot Tour July 18

The 36th Swank Variety Plot Tour on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 will be held at the Swank farm north of Poplar. Registration will begin at 5:00 pm at the Swank family farm, with the tour starting at 5:15 pm at the test plot. This year’s speakers...

 

Montana FSA: USDA Authorizes Additional Flexibilities for Producers in Northern Great Plains

USDA authorized emergency grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres during the primary nesting season in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana in the counties meeting D2 or greater, as indicated by the US Drought Monitor. Since that time...

 

Dr. Frankie Crutcher's Studies and Speaking Topics

Dr. Frankie Crutcher started working at the Eastern Agriculture Research Center in Sidney in June 2016. She has a Bachelor's degree in Plant Biotechnology from Montana State University. She also has...

 

EARC/MSU Extension 2017 Field Day July 19

The EARC/MSU Extension in Sidney will hold its 2017 Field Day July 19. The morning will begin with registration at 8:30am. At 9:00am Chengci Chen, EARC Superintendent will welcome everyone and give an introduction. At 9:15am Duane Peters will discuss...

 

MSU Researcher Attunes Environmental Factors To Pea Genetics To Increase Montana Crop Yield And Performance

Farmers in Montana, and other parts of the Northern Great Plains, are shifting from cereal-only cropping to a cereal-dry pea cropping system. This transition is not without its share of unknowns,...

 

Catch A Sugar Beet Update At EARC/MSU Field Day July 19

Duane Peters, Agricultural Manager for Sidney Sugars, will speak to attendees at the 2017 EARC/MSU Extension Field Day on Wednesday, July 19. Peters calls his update "short and sweet", but plans on...

 

MSU Soil Fertility Specialist Recommends Methods To Boost Wheat Grain Protein Mid-Season

Clain Jones, Montana State University soil fertility Extension specialist, suggests Montana irrigated wheat famers consider providing additional nitrogen to their crop, calling it the most important management factor to produce high protein levels th...

 

LYIP to Work on Graphic Representation of New Weir Design

The Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project is looking for a graphic artist to render a drawing of the proposed new weir design at Intake. Three government agencies, LYIP and the community are currently awaiting a decision from Judge Brian Morris on a...

 
 By Tim Fine    Agriculture    June 21, 2017

Water Conservation In The Landscape

Before beginning this article, I should mention that a majority of the information contained within comes from MontGuide number MT198915AG titled Yard and Garden Water Management, and can be found by going to http://msuextension.o...

 

Producers Can Earn Points At Local Field Days

Pesticide points have been awarded for two local dryland field days coming up on Thursday and Friday, June 22nd and June 23rd. Two private applicator points will be awarded for attendees at each event, along with a mix of commercial points,...

 

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