Field Days Schedule

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 the Eastern Agricultural Research Center superintendent and agronomy professor, Montana State University, Sidney. He received his Ph.D. degree from Oregon State University in 1998. He has been working with pulse and oilseed crops in Montana since 2002. His research on pulse crop cultivar development, testing, and cropping systems has contributed to the expansion of pulse crop production in Montana. Dr. Chen is also working on other alternative crops, such as camelina and canola variety testing and cropping systems for bioenergy crop production. Currently, he is collaborating with Dr. Chaofu Lu at MSU main campus working on a camelina project funded by U.S. Department of Energy.

9:20-9:35 a.m.

White Mold Disease In Soybean & Management Strategies

Dr. Frankie Crutcher, plant pathology, associate professor, MSU-EARC

Description: Dr. Frankie Crutcher will discuss how to accurately identify white mold in irrigated soybean production fields and will provide management options including variety selection, fungicide application, and rotation strategies.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Frankie Crutcher has been a MSU Eastern Ag Research Center plant pathologist in Sidney since 2016. She leads a multifaceted research program focused on developing IPM strategies for fungal pathogens of pulse crops and cereals. Her current research includes evaluating varieties for disease resistance, directing fungicide efficacy trials, improving methods of crop disease detection, and understanding how agronomic practices such as utilizing cover crops, crop rotation, and planting date contribute to disease development.

9:35-9:50 a.m.

Dry Bean & Soybean Variety & Fertility Studies

Dr. William Franck, Research Scientist, MSU-EARC

9:55-10:15 a.m.

Essential Oil for Pulse Crop Disease Management

Dr. Nisha Patwa, Research Associate, MSU-EARC

Description: This presentation, given by Dr. Nisha Patwa, will discuss root rot identification and seed treatment for Fusarium root rot management. Additionally, she will discuss preliminary results of our study evaluating essential oils for root rot management applied by seed treatments and in-furrow.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Nisha Patwa is a plant pathologist and has diverse research experience in the areas of plant-microbe interaction, plant-microbe-pest interaction and crosstalk between these stresses. She is fascinated about how plants mold themselves amidst challenges imposed by stresses and investigating their response diving into physiological, biochemical and molecular levels. Recently she joined Dr. Frankie Crutcher team and conducting research associated with diseases of pulse crops via applied and basic research at the Montana State University-EARC in Sidney.

10:15-10:30 a.m.

Barley Breeding & New Varieties

Dr. Jamie Sherman, Professor and Barley Breeder, MSU-PSPP

10:35-10:50 a.m.

Genetic Resistance & Fungicide Application For Fusarium Head Blight Disease

Dr. Frankie Crutcher, Associate Professor of Plant Pathology, MSU-EARC

Description: Dr. Crutcher will discuss the identification and management of Fusarium head blight. Additionally, producers will be given an overview of current research into the development of resistant varieties of spring wheat and durum and the newest recommendations for a successful fungicide application.

10:55-11:10 a.m.

Corn-based Cropping System For sugar beet Replacement

Dr. Bart Stevens, USDA-ARS, NPARL

11:25-11:40 a.m.

Spring Wheat Breeding and New Cultivars

Dr. Jason Cook, Assistant Professor & Spring Wheat Breeder, MSU-PSPP

11:45-12 p.m.

Plant Breeding and Genetics for Pulse Crop Protein and Other Qualities

Drs. Clare Coyne and Rebecca McGee, USDA-ARS, PGPL

12:05-12:20 p.m.

Intercropping For Ascochyta Disease Management In Chickpea

Ms. Marie Dorval, Ph.D. Student, MSU-EARC

Description: This study focusses on the mechanisms underlying the effects of intercropping on Ascochyta of chickpea. Moreover, this research also studies the impact of fungicide applications in both monocrop and intercrop cropping systems on disease control and seed quality. Preliminary results from 2022 and 2023 will also be presented during the field day.

Speaker Bio: Marie Dorval is a third-year Ph.D. student at Montana State University. She is from Haiti and is currently working with Dr. Frankie Crutcher and co-advised by Dr. Uta McKelvy. She obtained a master's degree in horticultural sciences with a concentration in plant breeding from University of Florida, Gainesville, and a Bachelor's degree in agricultural sciences from University Quisqueya, Haiti.

 

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