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Montana State University Extension will host a free, annual cropping seminar series Jan. 6-10 in Fort Benton, Stanford, Havre, Chester, Shelby, Cut Bank, Conrad, Choteau, and Great Falls. Speakers will cover crop diseases and management, oilseed crops, cropping decision tools, and international markets and world supply and demand. 

Dr. Mary Burrows, MSU Plant Pathology specialist, will cover fungicide efficacy and resistance prevention in cereal grains, peas, lentils and chickpeas. She will also address upcoming crop disease concerns for crops raised in the Golden Triangle.

Patrick Carr from the MSU Central Agriculture Research Center will focus on the suitability of incorporating oilseeds into central Montana wheat-based cropping systems. Spring and winter canola, flax, hemp, and mustard will be the focus. Variety selection, planting strategies, fertilizer management, herbicide options and IPM, and harvest options will be covered.

Dr. Kent McVay, Montana State University Extension cropping systems specialist located at the Southern Agricultural Research Center will provide an update on available web-based tools. He will demonstrate how to quickly produce a fertilizer recommendation based on a soil test, narrow herbicide choices with three simple inputs, and update chosen wheat varieties using current local data. Additional online tools will be discussed as well.

Barnett Sporkin – Morrison, Food and Ag Development Center Director from Great Falls, will give an overview of international markets and current world supply and demand. He will also cover what’s currently happening in the world ag economy and some significant changes that will impact growers by the year 2050.

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.

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

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

Jan. 6: Fort Benton at the Ag Center located at 1205 20th Street. Contact Tyler Lane at 406-622-3751.

Stanford at the City Hall located at 102 Central. Contact Katie Hatlelid at 406-566-2277. 

Jan. 7: Havre at the 4-H Chuckwagon located in the Hill County Fairgrounds. Contact Tom Allen at 406-265-5481, Ext. 233.

Chester at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall located at 10 East Madison Avenue. Contact Jesse Fulbright at 406-759-5625.

Jan. 8: Cut Bank at the Glacier County Library basement located at 21 1st Ave SE. Contact Kari Lewis, 406-873-2239.

Shelby at the Comfort Inn Conference Room located at 455 McKinley Avenue. Contact Kim Woodring at 406-424-8350.

Jan. 9: Choteau at the Stage Stop Inn located at 1005 Main Avenue North. Contact MSU Teton County Extension office at 406-466-2491.

Conrad at the Pondera Shooting Sports Complex at 972 Granite Road. Contact Adriane Good at 406-271-4053.

Jan. 10: Great Falls at the Great Falls College MSU’s Heritage Hall at 2100 16th Ave S, Great Falls.  Contact Rose Malisani at 406-454-6980.

MSU Extension is an ADA/EO/AA/veteran’s pre-ference 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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