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2018 MonDak Ag Days March 1-2 in Sidney

The MonDak Ag Days and Trade Show Committee and the Sidney Chamber of Commerce's Agriculture Committee have joined forces to bring you what we think is a great lineup of educational sessions, banquet...

 

2018 MonDak Ag Days March 1-2 in Sidney

The MonDak Ag Days and Trade Show Committee and the Sidney Chamber of Commerce's Agriculture Committee have joined forces to bring you what we think is a great lineup of educational sessions, banquet...

 

Richland County 2017 Harvest Below Average

Most years, the terms “mixed bag” or “very variable” pretty adequately sum up how small grain and hay harvest went in Richland County. The 2017 harvest, however can simply be described as below average. I do not know for sure what the...

 

Richland County 2017 Harvest Below Average

Most years, the terms "mixed bag" or "very variable" pretty adequately sum up how small grain and hay harvest went in Richland County. The 2017 harvest, however can simply be described as below averag...

 
 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...

 
 By Tim Fine    Outdoors    May 31, 2017

Tiny Flies Big Problem in Sidney

There are some weeks where I struggle to find something to write about and then there are weeks where calls come flooding into the office and it makes finding a topic to write about so much easier. The latter scenario is what has inspired this...

 
 By Tim Fine    News    May 3, 2017

Annual Lower Yellowstone Wool Pool

There are certain things that happen annually with my job that I really look forward to. One of those things is the delivery, grading, and bagging of wool at the annual wool pool. When I first moved here, I had no experience with this type of event...

 
 By Tim Fine    Ag Roundup    May 3, 2017

Annual Lower Yellowstone Wool Pool

There are certain things that happen annually with my job that I really look forward to. One of those things is the delivery, grading, and bagging of wool at the annual wool pool. When I first moved here, I had no experience with this type of event...

 

Internet Resources Not Always Correct

When trying to find solutions to horticultural-related problems, it is important to remember that recommendations and advice given on the internet do not always translate into real, practical...

 

Snow Mold on Lawns

Given the amount of snow we received this winter and the fact that it remained piled up for a long time, usually on the lawn, I figured I would dust off this article with some identification,...

 

Community Garden Beds Are Available Now

A few years ago at a County-wide conference there were some citizens in attendance who wanted to have a place to grow vegetables for those who lived in apartments/campers/or houses with no backyard...

 

Eastern Montana Sheep Symposium Feb. 13

If you are like me, when the term livestock producers in Richland County is mentioned, your thoughts almost immediately turn to our ranchers who are working with cattle every day. And while our cattle ranchers certainly make up a large portion of the...

 

Eastern Montana Sheep Symposium Feb. 13

If you are like me, when the term livestock producers in Richland County is mentioned, your thoughts almost immediately turn to our ranchers who are working with cattle every day. And while our cattle ranchers certainly make up a large portion of the...

 
 By Tim Fine    News    November 16, 2016

USDA ARS Focus Group Will Meet Nov. 21

One of the bonuses of my job (at least it’s usually a bonus) is that, because of the position, I get asked (sometimes told) to be a part of various groups. Generally speaking these groups have an agricultural focus and are looking for input. One...

 

Fall Lawn Care

If you are like me, you are looking forward to putting the mower and the weed-eater in the storage shed about now. While we are rapidly approaching the time to put the mower away, I would not go as...

 

Pruning 101

Now that summer is behind us and the leaves are starting to turn, we are rapidly approaching the optimum time to prune trees and shrubs in our area. While pruning typically conjures up more questions...

 
 By Tim Fine    News    August 10, 2016

Veterinary Feed Directive Meeting Aug. 16; Rule Changes Expected Jan. 1

Chances are, if you are in the business of livestock production, whether it’s on the nutrition side, livestock care side, or as a producer, you have heard of the changes that will be coming as a result of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). I...

 
 By Tim Fine    News    August 3, 2016

Veterinary Feed Directive Meeting Aug. 16; Rule Changes Expected Jan. 1

Chances are, if you are in the business of livestock production, whether it’s on the nutrition side, livestock care side, or as a producer, you have heard of the changes that will be coming as a result of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). I...

 
 By Tim Fine    Ag Roundup    August 3, 2016

Fall Herbicide Application

In order for an industry to survive and be sustainable, it must be able to adapt and change. Agriculture, our nation's number one industry is no different. Changes in farming practices, crop...

 
 By Tim Fine    News    June 29, 2016

Farmers Market Begins In Sidney On July 2

It is all downhill from here. Even though we are only weeks into summer, the longest day of the year has passed and slowly but surely our evenings will consist of less time we can spend in the sunshine. However, to look on the bright side of things...

 
 By Tim Fine    News    June 22, 2016

Extension Agent To Cover Weed Concerns

When I worked for the Extension service in Ohio, the responsibilities of my job, very much like they are here, were focused primarily on education related to agriculture and horticulture production. Back there, more than 90 percent (I’m guessing)...

 

Community Garden Beds Are Available Now

A few years ago at a County-wide conference there were some citizens in attendance who wanted to have a place to grow vegetables for those who lived in apartments/campers/or houses with no backyard to do so. These citizens decided that a Community...

 

Gardening Begins With Knowing When & Where

When it comes to preparing an area for a vegetable garden there is one point that I cannot stress enough and that is to do whatever you possibly can do to limit the amount of “damage” to the soil. By damage, I am referring to soil compaction,...

 

A Few Helpful Hints For Filling Up Your Flowerbeds

Most people will tell you that they can tell when spring has arrived by watching trees bud out or seeing the grass green up, and while that is true for me as well, there is one definitive item that signals to me spring is here, the greenhouses start...

 
 By Tim Fine    News    December 30, 2015

Damian Mason Selected as Ag Days 2016 Entertainment

The MonDak Ag Days and Trade Show is happy to announce that we have secured our feature entertainer for the 2016 event. Damian Mason, renowned entertainer and agricultural humorist will be...

 

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