Cropping Seminar series coming to Chester
Montana State University Extension will host the annual Cropping Seminar series January 9 – 12, 2017, in Fort Benton, Chester, Shelby, Cut Bank, Choteau, Conrad, Stanford, and Great Falls. Topics will include pest identification, habits of profitable farmers, cereal variety trial updates from the local research centers, and control of ground squirrels, gophers and voles in crop settings.
Dr. George Haynes, MSU Agricultural Policy Specialist, will present, “Ten Habits of Profitable Farmers.” Participants will learn how to manage high inputs and low prices to maintain profitable standards for their farming operation.
Dr. Mary Burrows, MSU Extension Plant Pathologist, will present, “Pest Identification: The cornerstone of integrated pest management.” Participants will learn about the plant disease triangle, disease cycles, and how to submit a sample to their county agent or the Schutter Diagnostic Laboratory for diagnosis. Participants will engage in a hands-on activity to identify and manage a disease of wheat or pulse crops that is important in their area. This activity will provide hands-on skills applying Integrated Pest Management.
Jesse Fulbright, MSU Extension Agent in Liberty County, will present in Chester on interpreting soil tests and how to use soil test results to help determine nitrogen needed. CHS of Chester will also be providing lunch in Chester.
Dr. Stephen Vantassel, Montana Department of Agriculture Vertebrate Pest Specialist, will present the biology and identification of gophers, ground squirrels, and voles. Control methods will be discussed, including the use of trapping, fumigants, or bait stations as they apply to large-scale farming operations.
Cereal variety updates will take place at each location from each region’s researcher. Researchers will cover 2016 data and historic data of cereal grains including yield, protein, wheat stem sawfly resistance, disease resistance and test weight. Peggy Lamb, Agronomy research scientist at the Northern Ag Research Center, will speak in Great Falls, Fort Benton and Chester. Dr. Pat Carr, Superintendent and Associate Professor-Cropping Systems at Central Ag Research Center, will give updates in Fort Benton, Great Falls and Stanford. John Miller, agronomy research associate at Western Triangle Ag Research Center, will cover talks in Shelby, Cut Bank, Conrad and Choteau.
No pre-registration is required, and all producers are encouraged to attend. All morning seminars begin with registration at 8:30 a.m., and presentations start promptly at 9 a.m. The day’s seminar should conclude by 3 p.m. Three private pesticide points will be available at Chester. Lunch will be provided by CHS at the Chester site as well.
Dates, locations, and contact numbers for each Cropping Seminar are listed below.
January 9: Fort Benton, Ag Center, 1205 20th Street, Tyler Lane, 622-3751
Stanford, City Hall, 102 Central, Katie Hatlelid, 566-2277
January 10: Shelby, Comfort Inn Conference Room, 455 McKinley Ave., 424-8350
Chester, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 10 E. Madison Ave., Jesse Fulbright, 759-5625
January 11: Cut Bank, Voting Center, 913 Railroad St., Kari Lewis, 873-2239
Conrad, Pondera Shooting Sports Complex, 972 Granite Rd., Shaelyn Meyer, 271-4054
January 12: Chuteau, Stage Stop Inn, 1005 Maine Ave. N., Brent Roeder, 466-2491
Great Falls, Montana ExpoPark’s Gold Buckle Room in the Paddock Clur, 400 3rd St NW, Rose Malisani, 454-6980 ext. 305
MSU Extension is an ADA/EO/AA/Veteran’s Preference Employer and Provider of Educational Outreach. If you require accommodation for a disability to participate, please notify your local extension office at least two days prior to the eventPosted: by OverlieP