Montana State University Extension will host the free, annual Cropping Seminar series Jan. 10-14 in Cut Bank, Shelby, Great Falls, Choteau, Conrad, Havre, Chester, Fort Benton and Stanford. Speakers will cover wheat stem sawfly management and new research, new crop variety trials and IPM concerns, forage management practices during drought and conditions that influence nitrate toxicity and building relationships between local residents and newcomers.

David Weaver, MSU Professor with Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, will present on management and research projects of the wheat stem sawfly. Dr. Weaver’s research focuses on sustainable management of agricultural pests. He focuses on integrated pest management methods such as biological control, host plant resistance and chemical ecology. The key pest he works with is the wheat stem sawfly, which cannot be managed using conventional agricultural inputs.

Hayes Goosey, MSU Extension Forage Specialist, has been invited to speak on forage management during drought. Many farmers hayed their cereal grain crops for livestock forage, as it is a viable option during catastrophic weather, such as hail and drought. Hayes will speak about high nitrate toxicity from drought conditions and how producers can assist in lowering nitrates and the procedure of nitrate testing. Dr. Goosey will wrap up his presentation on integrated pest management for forages. Many insects, such as weevils and grasshoppers, can damage forages and reduce forage production. Producers will learn about forage pests and best control methods.

Kent McVay, Montana State University Extension Cropping Systems Specialist located at the Southern Agricultural Research Center in Huntley, Mont., will travel to the Golden Triangle to present on cereal grain varieties. Dr. McVay will bring his extensive knowledge on new and current varieties in cereal grains and how varieties performed in the last growing season. He will also touch on cereal grain integrated pest management.

Cort Jensen, Chief Attorney at the Montana Department of Agriculture, will bring his perspective on building relationships between new Montana residents and long-time residents. Many Montana cities and towns have seen an influx of out-of-state residents moving into Montana and there has been a need for landowner education. Cort will provide information on what he has seen from a state level.

There is no charge for the seminars and all producers are encouraged to attend. The Cut Bank, Shelby, Choteau, Conrad, Havre, Chester, Fort Benton and Stanford seminars will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration. The Great Falls seminar will begin at 9:30 a.m. with registration.

Both commercial and private pesticide licensing recertification credits will be available.

Dates, locations, and contact numbers for each cropping seminar are listed below.

January 10: 

Great Falls at Montana Expo Park Paddock Club (400 3rd St. N.W., Great Falls, MT 59401). Contact Rose Malisani at 406-454-6980.

January 11:

Choteau at the Stage Stop Inn (1005 Main Avenue North Choteau, MT 59422). Contact Karen Forseth at 406-466-2491.

Conrad at the Pondera Shooting Sports Complex (972 Granite Road Conrad, MT 59425). Contact Adriane Good at 406-271-4053.

January 12:

Cut Bank at the Glacier County Library basement (21 1st Ave. S.E. Cut Bank, MT 59427). Contact Kari Lewis at 406-873-2239.

Shelby at the Toole County Ambulance Barn (825 Oilfield Avenue Shelby, MT 59474). Contact Kim Woodring at 406-424-8350.

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.

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