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 By Tyler Lane    News    April 21, 2021 

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2021 Montana Drought Series for Livestock Producers in Havre Montana State University Ranch Management Systems Team in collaboration with local MSU Extension agents have put together a series of workshops to address potential strategies to reduce the...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    April 14, 2021

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The single most important component of a successful breeding program is using fertile bulls that have passed a bull breeding soundness evaluation (BSE). Each bull is expected to contribute to 20 to 50 pregnancies each year. Having a BSE conducted on...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    April 7, 2021

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The Chouteau County Soil Moisture Survey was started by Judee Wargo in 1993 to assist farmers in determining recropping potential on cereal grain stubble. After 28 years, the Chouteau County Extension Office continues to compile data for determining...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    March 31, 2021

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With the coming of spring and warmer weather conditions, snakes are through hunkering down for the winter making human encounters more likely. For many, snakes evoke feelings of uneasiness to outright panic. Montana only has 10 native snake species o...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    March 24, 2021

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Hay U Webinar Montana State University Extension Pondera County is sponsoring the first Hay U Webinar for livestock producers. The Webinar will address how to establish a good stand of hay, forage pest management, hay storage, hay quality and hay...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    March 17, 2021

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Northern Ag Research Center Posts Top Yielding Spring and Winter Wheat Varieties for the Loma Area MSU Northern Agricultural Research Center (NARC) has posted 2020 wheat yield data for the McKeever plot north of Loma. A special thanks to Peggy Lamb...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    March 10, 2021

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Eighth Annual Chouteau County Agriculture Day for 4th and 5th Graders The eighth annual Chouteau County Ag Day for 4th and 5th graders will take place at the Chouteau County Fairgrounds on April 27, 2021. All 4th and 5th graders in Chouteau County...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    March 3, 2021

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A Montguide titled Deer-Resistant Ornamental Plants for Your Garden is available at the Chouteau County Extension office or can be mailed to you upon request. The document is also available online at: https://bit.ly/3sn0aTH. The Montguide is written...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    February 24, 2021

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The following article was written by Megan Van Emon, MSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist. The complete article is available at: https://animalrangeextension.montana.edu/beef/moovingminutes.html Be on the lookout for lice in 2021. As temperatures...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    February 17, 2021

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Will the cold temperatures increase grasshopper egg mortality? The answer for 2021 is probably not. In Canada, few grasshoppers hatched following a winter with temperatures at negative 22 degrees Fahrenheit (Riegert, 1967). However, Canada had...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    February 10, 2021

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Topping is the drastic removal or cutting back of large branches in mature trees. The tree is sheared like a hedge and the main branches are cut to stubs. Many homeowners top trees when they reach heights considered unsafe fearing a strong wind...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    February 3, 2021

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Producers who have computers frequently ask about the availability of software programs to handle cow-calf production records. Before purchasing a software program, it is important to analyze the value of a system to help make better management...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    January 27, 2021

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As addressed in previous grasshopper articles, the chances of high grasshopper pest numbers in range and cropland is high for 2021. As you consider control methods like contact or systemic insecticides, please consider biological control as part of...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    January 20, 2021

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Winter desiccation can be very hard on evergreen trees. Dry soil in winter often cannot replace the moisture trees lose to the cold dry winter air. The symptoms of winter damage and die back may not become visible until spring or summer growth...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    January 13, 2021

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Many Chouteau County producers are sending samples to the new agricultural testing facility in Chinook. Because of its location, producers can get test results back in a couple of days rather than a week or 10 days. Information below came from an...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    January 6, 2021

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A Feral swine fact sheet is available at the Chouteau County Extension office or online at: https://www.animalrangeextension.montana.edu/wildlife/documents/Squeal%20on%20Pigs%20Fact%20Sheet19.pdf. Below are a few highlights from the fact sheet. Feral...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    December 23, 2020

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The 2021 Montana’s Next Generation Conference will provide six powerful evening sessions covering crops, livestock, family communication, business planning, and succession planning topics. Sessions will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    December 16, 2020

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This article was written by Dennis Cash, retired MSU Extension Service forage specialist. The winter feeding is likely your single largest ranch expense. Reducing hay waste can save you money. Hay losses at feeding on most ranches averages about one...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    December 9, 2020

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Montana State University Extension will host a free, annual cropping seminar series January 6, 2021 in Fort Benton, Denton, Havre, Chester, Shelby, Cut Bank, Conrad, Choteau, and Great Falls. Speakers will cover grasshopper control, antagonistic...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    December 2, 2020

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There are many “tips” to caring for a Christmas tree that propose to make it last longer or stay greener. In truth, all a tree really needs to maintain freshness is adequate water. This is easily done by using the proper tree stand and keeping...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    November 25, 2020

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Sampling of hay is essential to livestock management. Hay sampling is best accomplished with a hollow core probe consisting of a stainless-steel tube and a sharp cutting end. The Chouteau County Extension office has a hay probe available for check...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    November 18, 2020

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If we continue to have drought conditions, grasshopper pest populations will explode this spring. One insecticide available is Dimilin 2L. Below are a few facts about Dimilin 2L. • Dimilin 2L is an insecticide that interferes with molting. This...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    November 11, 2020

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Managing horticultural landscapes and house plants in November is important to healthy production during the growing season. Below are a few recommendations for Chouteau County gardeners. • Apply protective mulches to perennial beds. • Use a...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    November 4, 2020

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On behalf of the Chouteau County Extension Office, Janell and I would like to Congratulate Julia on this achievement. The Montana Symbol of Excellence (SOE ) program annually recognizes both 4-H and FFA youth and hog breeders who raise market hogs th...

 
 By Tyler Lane    News    October 28, 2020

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Diagnosing injury to plants from herbicides can be difficult. A new guide (EB0232) from Montana State University is intended to aid in assessing and identifying potential non-target herbicide injury. Knowing when and what was applied is vital for...

 

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