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 By Tyler Lane    News    February 13, 2019

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Night Feeding or Daytime Calving Information for this article was taken from the February issue of the Cow Sense Chronicle written by Rachel Endecott, MSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist. We’ve all experienced that middle-of-the-night calving...

 By Tyler Lane    News    February 6, 2019

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Golden Triangle Herbicide-Resistance Meetings February 19, 2019 in Conrad and Fort Benton Golden Triangle MSU Extension agents will be hosting herbicide-resistance meetings on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, in both Conrad and Fort Benton. A special...

 By Tyler Lane    News    January 30, 2019

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Keeping House Plants Healthy During the Winter Many houseplants suffer in winter from too little light. Houseplants need sufficient light to photosynthesize and make sugars and other carbohydrates. Even a south-facing windowsill may not provide...

 By Tyler Lane    News    January 23, 2019

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Management Methods for Cows during the Calving Season Managing cows to rebreed as scheduled is an important practice during the calving season. Below are a few good management practices to remember from the Cow-Calf Management Guide Section CL115....

 By Tyler Lane    News    January 16, 2019

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Golden Triangle Herbicide-Resistance Meetings February 19, 2019 (Six Commercial or Private Pesticide Credits Available) Golden Triangle MSU Extension agents will be hosting herbicide-resistance meetings on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, in both Conrad...

 By Tyler Lane    News    January 9, 2019

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Winter watering is important to evergreens during thawing periods 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...

 By Tyler Lane    News    January 2, 2019

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Montana’s Next Generation Conference January 25-26 Registration is now open for Montana’s Next Generation Conference, which will take place Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26, in Shelby. The conference will focus on business planning for the farm...

 By Tyler Lane    News    December 26, 2018

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Two Upcoming Winter Beef Symposiums near Havre The Northern Agricultural Research Center (NARC) near Havre, in conjunction with Hill and Blaine County Extension, will host two beef symposiums in January. The first meeting will take place on... Full story

 By Tyler Lane    News    December 19, 2018

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Gardening tips for the Winter Season January is a time to promote healthy trees and house plants. MSU Extension has a few important recommendations for the cold winter months. • Poinsettias do best when house temperatures are consistent and placed...

 By Tyler Lane    News    December 12, 2018

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2019 Golden Triangle Cropping Seminar Thanks in Advance to MaxAg for Sponsoring Lunch at the Seminar in Fort Benton Montana State University Extension will host a free, annual cropping seminar series January 7-11 in Fort Benton, Stanford, Havre,... Full story

 By Tyler Lane    News    December 5, 2018

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Targeted Livestock Grazing to Suppress Cheatgrass Cheatgrass, or downy brome (Bromus tectorum), is an annual, invasive grass reproducing solely by seed. Cheatgrass is a prolific seed producer forming dense monocultures and decreasing biological... Full story

 By Tyler Lane    News    November 28, 2018

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Holiday Lesson: Christmas Tree Care 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...

 By Tyler Lane    News    November 21, 2018

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Grain storage inspections should begin close to Thanksgiving Inspecting grain bins for pests on or before Thanksgiving is a great rule of thumb for Chouteau County producers. The Lesser grain borer Rhyzopertha dominica is one of the most injurious be...

 By Tyler Lane    News    November 14, 2018

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Annual weed out competing Cheatgrass was recently found in Lewis and Clark County Ventenata (Ventenata dubia (Leers) Coss. Family: Poaceae) is commonly known as wiregrass or North African grass. Ventenata is a non-native winter annual grass that has...

 By Tyler Lane    News    November 7, 2018

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Fall is a Great Time to order Shelterbelt Trees The Montana Conservation Seedling Nursery (MCSN) is already receiving orders for shelter belt plantings. Rocky Mountain Juniper is the most popular windbreak species, and is sold out quite quickly. If... Full story

 By Tyler Lane    News    October 31, 2018

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Paraquat mitigation measures approved by EPA Information for this article came from Cecil Tharp, MSU Pesticide Education Specialist. The complete article is located at

 By Tyler Lane    News    October 24, 2018

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Attention Big Sandy Producers: In an effort to provide greater outreach to Big Sandy producers, Barbie Martin at the Big Sandy Conservation District is now certified to do nitrate testing on hay. Thanks to Barbie and the Big Sandy Conservation...

 By Tyler Lane    News    October 17, 2018

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Bear Paw and Highwood Mountain Land Owners Should Scout for Dying Fir Trees In October of 2017, the Bear Paw Mountains were buried with three feet of snow. Along with the snow came severe damage to many Chouteau County conifers. After the damage was...

 By Tyler Lane    News    October 10, 2018

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Soil Acidity Round Table Discussion in Fort Benton “What did we learn in 2018” Producers, Educators and Agri businesses are invited to attend a soil acidity round table discussion on November 7 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Community Bible...

 By Tyler Lane    News    October 3, 2018

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MSU Forage Specialist to Speak at Chouteau County Livestock Protective Association Meeting in Fort Benton on Alfalfa versus Sainfoin for Forage Production The annual Chouteau County Livestock Protective Association meeting will take place on Thursday...

 By Tyler Lane    News    September 26, 2018

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MSU Extension will offer Conifers Shed Most Inefficient Needles in the Fall The article below is a portion of an article written by Peter Kolb (MSU Extension Forester). The article is available in full at the Chouteau County Extension office. The...

 By Tyler Lane    News    September 19, 2018

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MSU Extension will offer Fumigant Training Dec. 18 near Havre Montana State University’s Pesticide Education Program will offer a training to assist applicators in effectively managing pests with phosphine fumigants while using the fumigants...

 By Tyler Lane    News    September 12, 2018

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Sorghum Sudangrass and Alfalfa Q &A to the Chouteau County Extension Office Citations come from Emily Glunk/Meccage (MSU Extension Forage Specialist) and Dennis Cash (Retired MSU Extension Forage Specialist). When is it safe to hay or graze my...

 By Tyler Lane    News    September 5, 2018

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Tree Q & A per the Chouteau County Extension Office • Why did two of my cottonwoods turn yellow in late July? According to Eva Grimme (MSU Plant Disease Diagnostician), symptoms are consistent with Marssonina leaf spot. Symptoms include dry, browni...

 By Tyler Lane    News    August 29, 2018

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Pre-seeding fertilizer tips for farmers Clain Jones, MSU Extension Soil Fertility Specialist Presented at the Montana Agricultural Business Association last winter in Great Falls. The majority of the presentation contained a variety of fertilizer...


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