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  • Pulse Crops, Wheat Stem Sawfly, Grasshopper Management & More Featured At Joint ARS-MSU Dryland Field Tour, Sidney July 17

    Beth Redlin|Jul 10, 2024

    Research looking at pulse crop diseases, new durum varieties, native pollinators and new options for wheat stem sawfly and grasshopper management are just a few of the research topics to be presented at the 2024 joint ARS-MSU Dryland Field Day, Sidney, Wednesday morning, July 17, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The tour is presented by Montana State University’s Eastern Ag Research Center (EARC) and the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) Northern Plains Agricultural Research Lab (NPARL) and features speakers from both Sidney research fac...

  • Montana State's Eastern Ag Research Center Blends High-Tech Analysis With Diverse On-Farm Explorations

    Reagan Cotton|Jul 3, 2024

    BOZEMAN – Eastern Montana may be typecast for its sparse population and rolling landscape, but its vast expanses make it an optimal region for the state’s largest industry. Along the Yellowstone River near the North Dakota border, Montana State University’s Eastern Agricultural Research Center serves 13 counties that produce nearly three quarters of Montana’s pulse crop acreage, which leads the nation, and almost half its wheat. Serving such a wide area can be a tall order for a facility with less than 200 acres for both dryland and irrigated r...

  • Montana State's Eastern Ag Research Center Blends High-Tech Analysis With Diverse On-Farm Explorations

    Reagan Cotton|Jul 3, 2024

    BOZEMAN – Eastern Montana may be typecast for its sparse population and rolling landscape, but its vast expanses make it an optimal region for the state's largest industry. Along the Yellowstone River near the North Dakota border, Montana State University's Eastern Agricultural Research Center serves 13 counties that produce nearly three quarters of Montana's pulse crop acreage, which leads the nation, and almost half its wheat. Serving such a wide area can be a tall order for a facility with l...

  • Joint ARS-MSU Dryland Field Tour To Feature Pulse Crops, Wheat Stem Sawfly, Grasshopper Management & More July 17

    Beth Redlin|Jul 3, 2024

    Research looking at pulse crop diseases, native pollinators and new options for wheat stem sawfly and grasshopper management are just a few of the research topics to be presented at the 2024 joint ARS-MSU Dryland Field Day in Sidney, Wednesday morning, July 17. The tour is presented by Montana State University's Eastern Ag Research Center (EARC) and the USDA Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) Northern Plains Agricultural Research Lab (NPARL) and features speakers from both Sidney research...

  • Montana State's Eastern Ag Research Center Blends High-Tech Analysis With Diverse On-Farm Exploration

    Reagan Cotton|Jun 26, 2024

    BOZEMAN – Eastern Montana may be typecast for its sparse population and rolling landscape, but its vast expanses make it an optimal region for the state’s largest industry. Along the Yellowstone River near the North Dakota border, Montana State University’s Eastern Agricultural Research Center serves 13 counties that produce nearly three quarters of Montana’s pulse crop acreage, which leads the nation, and almost half its wheat. Serving such a wide area can be a tall order for a facility with less than 200 acres for both dryland and irrigated r...

  • Field Days Schedule

    Jun 19, 2024

    9-9:15 a.m. Camelina As Bioenergy Crop (Cultivar Selection, Agronomic Practices, & Weed Control) Dr. Chengci Chen, Professor of Agronomy, MSU-EARC Description: This presentation will include variety selection and agronomic practices. The agronomic practices that will be discussed include how to plant camelina and what pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides can be used for controlling grass and broadleaf weeds, and how to apply pre- and post-emergent herbicides. Speaker Bio: Chengci Chen is...

  • MSU, ARS Labs Team Up For Dryland Field Tour July 17

    Beth Redlin|Jun 19, 2024

    Battling wheat stem sawfly? Interested in forages or CRP native plantings? How about forages potentially resistant to grasshoppers or rotations that help curb disease in peas and lentils? These are just a few of the research projects being featured at a joint Dryland Field Day, presented by Montana State University’s Eastern Ag Research Center (EARC) and the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) Northern Plains Agricultural Research Lab (NPARL). The tour is set for Wednesday morning, July 17 and features speakers from both research fac...

  • Don't Rush Wrong Farm Bill: Take Time To Forge Bill That Strengthens Family Farms & Ranches

    Walter Schweitzer|Jun 12, 2024

    Recently, I joined other National Farmers Union leaders in meetings with the House Ag and Senate Ag committees about each of their versions of the 2024 Farm Bill. Based on those discussions, a tight timeline, and the need for modifications to both versions, I’m not optimistic for the passage of a 2024 Farm Bill but foresee another extension. The Senate version and the House version of the Farm Bill are strikingly different — and, in the current Congress, “compromise” is a dirty word. Nonetheless, Congress will not allow the Farm Bill to expi...

  • MSU Schedules Upcoming Field Days

    Jun 5, 2024

    BOZEMAN — The Montana State University College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station will once again host a series of field days this summer at six of the university’s research centers around the state, plus two additional events at campus farms in Bozeman. “We look forward to our field days every year because of the opportunities they create to interact and share research results with agricultural producers and friends around Montana,” said Sreekala Bajwa, director of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and the...

  • Montana State Extension Specialist Receives Funding To Study Grasshoppers' Impact On Pulse Crops

    Reagan Cotton|Jun 5, 2024

    BOZEMAN – Through new funding from the USDA and the Montana Department of Agriculture, a Montana State University scientist will study the impact of grasshoppers, an increasingly common pest in Montana, on pulse crops and forages. Hayes Goosey, assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences in the College of Agriculture and an MSU Extension specialist, received roughly $330,000 through the USDA's Specialty Crop Block Program, which supports research into the viability of c...

  • MSU Schedules Upcoming Field Days

    May 29, 2024

    BOZEMAN — The Montana State University College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station will once again host a series of field days this summer at six of the university’s research centers around the state, plus two additional events at campus farms in Bozeman. “We look forward to our field days every year because of the opportunities they create to interact and share research results with agricultural producers and friends around Montana,” said Sreekala Bajwa, director of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and the...

  • Be On Lookout For Grasshoppers

    Marley Voll|May 15, 2024

    With the relatively warm spring that we have had, it is important to start scouting for grasshoppers hatching. Typically, scouting begins around Memorial Day, but it may be a good idea to be on the lookout even earlier this year. USDA-APHIS has predicted Richland County and the surrounding area will again be experiencing high grasshopper populations this year. Review of the Life Cycle Grasshoppers deposit eggs in the soil in the fall. These eggs overwinter there and begin to hatch from May through July. Grasshoppers develop through 5 nymphal...

  • MSGA Brings Producer Profitability Initiative To Capitol Hill

    May 1, 2024

    HELENA – The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) spent last week in Washington D.C. meeting with Montana’s congressional delegation and other congressional staff sharing the work the Association has been focusing on around Producer Profitability. “Stockgrowers’ trip to Washington D.C. was a success. We would like to thank the Montana delegation for meeting with us and for their interest in the work we have been doing around Producer Profitability,” shared Montana Stockgrowers Association President John Grande of Lennep. “From our convers...

  • DPHHS Officials Encourage Safe Handling Of Live Poultry

    Jon Ebelt|May 1, 2024

    State health officials are raising awareness about the health risks associated with raising backyard birds. Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) epidemiologist Rachel Hinnenkamp said that while raising backyard birds has become an increasingly popular activity in the state, there are health risks to be aware of. She said live poultry can carry germs such as Salmonella and Campylobacter, which can cause humans to get sick with symptoms including diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, and sometimes vomiting. “Healthy poultry, i...

  • Making The Switch: Adopting Stripper Header & Disc Drill

    May 1, 2024

    BOZEMAN – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) interviewed six dryland grain producers to compare the ownership and operation costs of disc drills and stripper headers with hoe drills and auger/draper headers. According to the NRCS economic report, switching to a stripper header and disc drill from a draper header and hoe drill resulted in an average savings of $4.40 per acre/year for the six producers interviewed in this study. While the initial investment is substantial, all producers interviewed believed that both the economic a...

  • DPHHS Officials Encourage Safe Handling of Live Poultry

    Jon Ebelt|Apr 3, 2024

    State health officials are raising awareness about the health risks associated with raising backyard birds. Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) epidemiologist Rachel Hinnenkamp said that while raising backyard birds has become an increasingly popular activity in the state, there are health risks to be aware of. She said live poultry can carry germs such as Salmonella and Campylobacter, which can cause humans to get sick with symptoms including diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, an...

  • Making The Switch: Adopting Stripper Header & Disc Drill

    Apr 3, 2024

    BOZEMAN – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) interviewed six dryland grain producers to compare the ownership and operation costs of disc drills and stripper headers with hoe drills and auger/draper headers. According to the NRCS economic report, switching to a stripper header and disc drill from a draper header and hoe drill resulted in an average savings of $4.40 per acre/year for the six producers interviewed in this study. While the initial investment is substantial, all produ...

  • Talk Looks At Ecological impact Of Renewable Energy Development

    Beth Redlin|Feb 28, 2024

    As the United States takes steps to address climate change, renewable energy development (particularly wind and solar) has become a critical component in reducing the nation’s carbon emissions. But as with many things, these new energy options bring their own sets of problems….and opportunities. This is the message being shared by Dr. Steve Grodsky, assistant professor of natural resources and the environment at Cornell University and an Assistant Unit Leader with the U.S. Geological Survey’s New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Resea...

  • The Wild Pig Situation

    Katelyn Sponheim|Feb 28, 2024

    The wild pig population has sent a worrying ecological ripple through several parts of the United States and Canada. While Montana does not currently have feral swine, having management in place prepared to deal with their threat will likely prevent massive damage to our land, livestock operations, waterways and native wildlife. Landowners, livestock producers, public access hunters, and the general public all have a stake in the havoc that comes with an incursion of wild pigs. Jared Beaver,...

  • Decline In Sheep & Lamb Inventory Indicates Opportunity For Ranchers

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Feb 28, 2024

    The all sheep and lamb inventory in the U.S. on Jan. 1 totaled 5.03 million head, down 2% from 2023, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report indicated a year-over-year decrease of 2% in North Dakota, 3% in Minnesota and 9% in South Dakota. "U.S. lamb consumption was 1.1 lbs. per person per year for 2023, and has room for growth domestically and abroad," says Travis Hoffman, NDSU Extension and UMN Extension sheep specialist. "We have...

  • USDA Seeks Applications To Help Farmers & Ranchers Venture Into New & Better Markets

    Marlee Johnston|Feb 28, 2024

    Bozeman – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to help agricultural producers maximize the value of their products and venture into new and better markets. USDA is making the grants available under the Value-Added Producer Grants [lnks.gd] program. The grants help farmers and ranchers generate new products, create marketing opportunities, and increase their incomes through value-added activities. Eligible applicants include independent producers, agricultural producer groups, f...

  • Help Keep Montana Free Of Wild Pigs

    Brent C. Smith|Feb 28, 2024

    Wild pigs/feral swine are swine that have either escaped or were released intentionally, creating free-ranging swine populations. Wild pigs/feral swine can be found in 38 states with an estimated population of over six million animals. Wild pigs/feral pigs are also found in Canadian provinces bordering Montana. Prolific breeders, they can produce four to eight babies per litter. Wild pigs/feral pigs are highly adaptable, but prefer habitats with an abundant supply of water and dense cover. They are aggressive and pose serious ecological,...

  • USDA Releases 2022 Census Of Agriculture Data

    Logan Kruse|Feb 28, 2024

    Helena – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has announced the results of the 2022 Census of Agriculture, spanning more than 6 million data points about America’s farms and ranches and the people who operate them down to the county level. The information collected directly from producers shows a decrease in the total number of Montana farms. The data shows an increase in the number of new and beginning (operating 10 or fewer years on any farm) as well as young (under the age of 35) produ...

  • USDA Releases 2022 Census Of Agriculture Data

    Logan Kruse|Feb 21, 2024

    Helena – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has announced the results of the 2022 Census of Agriculture, spanning more than 6 million data points about America’s farms and ranches and the people who operate them down to the county level. The information collected directly from producers shows a decrease in the total number of Montana farms. The data shows an increase in the number of new and beginning (operating 10 or fewer years on any farm) as well as young (under the age of 35) produ...

  • Help Keep Montana Free Of Wild Pigs

    Brent C. Smith|Feb 21, 2024

    Wild pigs/feral swine are swine that have either escaped or were released intentionally, creating free-ranging swine populations. Wild pigs/feral swine can be found in 38 states with an estimated population of over six million animals. Wild pigs/feral pigs are also found in Canadian provinces bordering Montana. Prolific breeders, they can produce four to eight babies per litter. Wild pigs/feral pigs are highly adaptable, but prefer habitats with an abundant supply of water and dense cover. They...

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