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Montana Ag Network: Free cropping seminars

The Montana State University Extension is hosting a free, annual cropping seminar series that’s taking place January 7th through January 11th.

Seminars will be held in Fort Benton, Stanford, Havre, Chester, Shelby, Cut Bank, Conrad, Choteau and Great Falls.

Topics will include paraquat safety, cropping systems, pest management, integrated weed management, herbicide resistance, marketing and risk management.

Both commercial and private pesticide licensing re-certification credits will be available.

Cecil Tharp, MSU pesticide education specialist, will speak about the history of paraquat poisonings, toxicity of paraquat, symptoms of exposure, adequately protecting individuals using personal protective equipment and new Environmental Protection Agency 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 (including disease, insects 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.

Tim Seipel, MSU plant and agriculture ecology research scientist, will offer a presentation focused on integrated weed management and herbicide resistance. Integrated weed management allows the producer to design his or her weed management program around what is most effective for the particular weeds, crop and farm operation. Seipel will discuss important aspects of integrated weed management in semi-arid systems, as well as the evolution of herbicide resistance in weeds in challenging weed management in no-till systems. In addition, the seminar will cover 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.

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.

Event information:

Jan. 7:

  • Fort Benton, Ag Center, 1205 20th St. Contact Tyler Lane at 406-622-3751.
  • Stanford, City Hall, 102 Central. Contact Katie Hatlelid at 406-566-2277.

Jan. 8:

  • Havre, Northern Ag Research Center, 3710 Assiniboine Rd. Contact Shylea Wingard at 406-265-5481, ext. 233.
  • Chester, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 10 E. Madison Ave. Contact Jesse Fulbright at 406-759-5625.

Jan. 9:

  • Cut Bank, Glacier County Library basement, 21 1st Ave SE. Contact Kari Lewis, 406-873-2239.
  • Shelby, Comfort Inn Conference Room, 455 McKinley Ave. Contact Kim Woodring at 406-424-8350.

Jan. 10:

  • Choteau, Stage Stop Inn, 1005 Main Ave. North. Contact MSU Teton County Extension office at 406-466-2491.
  • Conrad, Pondera Shooting Sports Complex, 972 Granite Rd. Contact Adriane Good at 406-271-4053.

Jan. 11:

  • Great Falls, MSU Cascade County Extension office, 3300 Third St. North, #9. Contact Rose Malisani at 406-454-6980.
Jason Laird

Jason Laird

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