Green Acres

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, Chester, Shelby, Cut Bank, Conrad, Choteau, and Great Falls. Speakers will cover paraquat safety, cropping systems, crop varieties, pest management, integrated weed management, herbicide resistance, marketing, and risk management. A special thanks to MaxAg for sponsoring the seminar in Fort Benton.

Cecil Tharp, MSU Pesticide Education Specialist, will present the history of paraquat poisonings, toxicity of paraquat, symptoms of exposure, adequately protecting individuals using personal protective equipment and new EPA mitigation measures regarding applicators using paraquat.

Patrick Carr and Jed Eberly from the MSU Central Agriculture Research Center will focus on using diverse cropping systems as a way to manage pests (disease, insect, and weeds) and enhance long-term farming sustainability of dryland agriculture in Montana. Discussion will include the diversity of cropping systems and how they can be used to improve soil health which, in turn, improves the resiliency of Montana crop production enterprises.

Peggy Lamb, MSU-MAES agronomy research scientist at Northern Ag Research Center will cover 2018 data and historic data of cereal grains including yield, protein, wheat stem sawfly resistance, disease resistance and test weight. Peggy will be speaking in Fort Benton during the noon hour on January 7.

Tim Seipel, MSU Plant and Agriculture Ecology Research Scientist, presentation will focus on integrated weed management and herbicide resistance. Integrated weed management allows the producer to design their weed management program around what is most effective for the particular weeds, crop, and farm operation. This seminar will cover important aspects of integrated weed management in the semi-arid systems. The evolution of herbicide resistance in weeds in challenging weed management in no-till systems. This seminar review herbicide resistance, herbicide resistance in Montana, and implications for management of agricultural weeds.

Jeff Rumney, USDA Dry Pea and Lentil Council’s Vice President, will speak on marketing and risk management of pulse crops. He will give an in depth look at marketing, hedging, and looking at futures markets for pulses nationally and worldwide.

There is no charge for the seminars, and all producers are encouraged to attend. The Fort Benton, Stanford, Havre, Chester, Shelby, Cut Bank, Conrad, and Choteau seminars will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration. The Great Falls seminar will begin at 9:30 a.m. with registration. Seminars will finish by 3:30 p.m. Commercial and private pesticide licensing recertification credits will be available. Dates, locations, and contact numbers for each cropping seminar are listed below.

January 7: Fort Benton will take place at the Ag Center located at 1205 20th Street. Contact Tyler Lane at 406-622-3751. Stanford will take place at the City Hall located at 102 Central. Contact Katie Hatlelid at 406-566-2277.

January 8: Havre will take place at the Northern Ag Research Center located at 3710 Assiniboine Road. Contact Shylea Wingard at 406-265-5481, Ext. 233. Chester will take place at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall located at 10 East Madison Avenue. Contact Jesse Fulbright at 406-759-5625.

January 9: Cut Bank will take place at the Glacier County Library basement located at 21 1st Ave SE. Contact Kari Lewis, 406-873-2239. Shelby will take place at the Comfort Inn Conference Room located at 455 McKinley Avenue. Contact Kim Woodring at 406-424-8350.

January 10: Choteau will take place at the Stage Stop Inn located at 1005 Main Avenue North. Contact MSU Teton County Extension office at 406-466-2491. Conrad will take place at the Pondera Shooting Sports Complex at 972 Granite Road. Contact Adriane Good at 406-271-4053.

January 11: Great Falls will take place at the MSU Cascade County Extension office located at 3300 Third Street North, #9. Contact Rose Malisani at 406-454-6980.

MSU Extension is an ADA/EO/AA/veteran’s preference employer and provider of educational outreach. If participants require accommodation for a disability to participate, they are asked to notify the local Extension office prior to the event.