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 By Tyler Lane    News    July 8, 2020 

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Summer pneumonia in nursing beef calves is not uncommon, but occurs with low frequency. A wide variety of risk factors for summer pneumonia exist including relative success of colostrum antibody transfer, commingling of groups, weather changes,...

 By Tyler Lane    News    July 1, 2020

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Bobcat is a high yielding solid stem hard red winter wheat with improved yield potential relative to other solid stem varieties. The variety will be available for non-certified seed producers in fall of 2020. The variety was developed by Phil...

 By Tyler Lane    News    June 24, 2020

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What is up with all of the ash trees not leafing out around the County? What we are seeing is a case of fall freeze damage. The green ash trees were actively growing in the fall until late September and early October when temperatures dropped into...

 By Tyler Lane    News    June 17, 2020

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Jane Mangold (MSU Extension Weed Specialist) has been getting quite a few calls about the efficacy of a bacteria used for cheatgrass control in rangeland. Below is an abbreviated version of the study and results. Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) is one...

 By Tyler Lane    News    June 10, 2020

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MSU Agronomists (Richard Engel, Clain Jones, and Simon Fordyce) have put together a document on Soil Acidification Management. The document is available online at the following URL:

 By Tyler Lane    News    June 3, 2020

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Laurie Kerzicnik (MSU Entomologist) wrote the article below to help Montanans prepare for the upcoming wasp and hornet season. Except for the Western yellowjacket, social wasps are typically not aggressive unless their nest is disturbed. Most are...

 By Tyler Lane    News    May 20, 2020

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The Master Gardener program provides research based information for gardeners. Below are a few notes taken from the turf management portion of the program. • Rough bluegrass is probably the best grass in Montana for shady areas. • Kentucky...

 By Tyler Lane    News    May 13, 2020

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Information for this article was compiled by Dr. Kevin Wanner (MSU Extension Entomologist) and Dr. Emily Glunk (Previous MSU Extension Forage Specialist). Alfalfa weevil is the key insect pest of alfalfa, causing variable levels of economic damage...

 By Tyler Lane    News    May 6, 2020

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Below are a few notes I have compiled on biology and management of the stripe rust fungus. • Fungal spores attack wheat consuming the nutrients synthesized by the host plant. • Spread by green bridge and wind dispersal. Community disease like WSM...

 By Tyler Lane    News    April 29, 2020

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Its Tick Season in Montana The following article was prepared by Laurie Kerzinik (MSU Entomologist). The common ticks in Montana this time of the year are the Rocky Mountain wood tick, Dermacentor andersoni, and the American dog tick, Dermacentor var...

 By Tyler Lane    News    April 22, 2020

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Grass tetany is a metabolic disease of cattle associated with grazing lush, green pasture. The condition is caused by low blood concentrations of magnesium, which is a required mineral for cattle. When pastures are growing rapidly in the spring, gras...

 By Tyler Lane    News    April 15, 2020

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The Chouteau County Extension office has compiled notes per communications and workshops from Extension professionals. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 622-3751. • Testing seed for Ascochyta blight...

 By Tyler Lane    News    April 8, 2020

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• Will removing half the vegetable plant leaves when transplanting reduce transpiration and wilting? According to Illinois Extension, pruning transplants to reduce water loss is not a recommended practice. Although pruning may reduce the extent of...

 By Tyler Lane    News    April 1, 2020

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The Chouteau County Soil Moisture Survey was started by Judee Wargo in 1993 to assist farmers with determining recropping potential on cereal grain stubble. After 27 years, the Chouteau County Extension Office continues to compile data for...

 By Tyler Lane    News    March 25, 2020

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New Montguide Available for Bull Buyers Kari Lewis and Wendy Becker (MSU Extension Agents from Glacier County and Fort Peck Reservation) have developed a resource for the bull buying season. The Montguide is available at the Chouteau County Extension...

 By Tyler Lane    News    March 18, 2020

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The eighth annual Chouteau County Ag Days for 4th and 5th graders will take place at the Chouteau County Fairgrounds on May 6, 2020. All 4th and 5th graders in Chouteau County are invited to attend. Home school kids who are interested in participatin...

 By Tyler Lane    News    March 11, 2020

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Rachel Endecott (previous MSU Extension Beef specialist) wrote an informative article on calf vaccinations in 2017. We have always given vaccinations to young calves, but do we understand the science behind the diseases we are vaccinating for? Calf...

 By Tyler Lane    News    March 4, 2020

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Two major Cutworm species, the western and the army cutworm, are serious but sporadic pests for Montana producers. Outbreaks can occur when cutworm populations are high and weather conditions are favorable for survival. Outbreaks do not necessarily...

 By Tyler Lane    News    February 26, 2020

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Believe it or not, the gardening season will be upon us before we know it. Below are a few gardening facts to help you prepare for the upcoming season. • Soil tests should be taken in the garden every three years. • The best time to collect a...

 By Tyler Lane    News    February 19, 2020

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Should I feed this moldy hay? According to Rachel Endecott (Previous MSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist) Moldy hay (or other moldy feedstuffs) won’t always contain dangerous or poisonous compounds; however, the presence of mold itself can...

 By Tyler Lane    News    February 12, 2020

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EPA Finalizes Glyphosate Mitigation EPA has concluded its regulatory review of glyphosate—the most widely used herbicide in the United States. After a thorough review of the best available science, as required under the Federal Insecticide,...

 By Tyler Lane    News    February 5, 2020

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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 29, 2020

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2020 Montana Nutrition Conference and Livestock Forum The 2020 Montana Nutrition Conference and Livestock Forum will take place on April 14-15 at the Best Western GranTree Inn in Bozeman. Registration forms are available at

 By Tyler Lane    News    January 22, 2020

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Montana State University Extension will host a free seminar on February 11 in Great Falls. Speakers will discuss hemp research, use of pesticides with hemp, and update on hemp grown in Montana. Jan Slaski, PhD, PaG is a principle researcher with...

 By Tyler Lane    News    January 15, 2020

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MSU Extension level 1 Master Gardener classes will take place in Fort Benton or Big Sandy in February pending pre-registration numbers. Now is your chance to participate in an excellent educational opportunity. If ten people pre-register, we will...


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