Montana State University Extension will host the annual series of Cropping Seminars in the Golden Triangle Jan. 16-19 in Chester, Choteau, Conrad, Cut Bank, Denton, Fort Benton, Great Falls and Shelby
Speakers at each of these locations will include the following:
Dave Wichman, MSU Western Triangle and Central Agriculture Research Centers, who will present information on crop variety selection and the local variety trial results
Olga Walsh, MSU Western Triangle Research Center, discussing her soil fertility research
Jeff Rumney, Montana State Grain Quality Lab, who will probe the topic of grain quality from both the end user and grower standpoints, as well as the falling number test.
There will also be an update on foliar and rot diseases of small grain crops presented by Mary Burrows, MSU Extension plant pathologist, and Alan Dyer, MSU plant pathology researcher.
Updates on crop insects focusing on wireworm, grasshoppers, sawflies, cutworms and other pests will be presented by Cecil Tharp, MSU Extension pesticide education specialist and Kevin Wanner, an MSU entomologist.
Five private and four commercial pesticide applicator credits will be available for those attending. Pre-registration is not required for these free sessions, which begin at 9 a.m. at the following dates and locations:
Jan. 16: Fort Benton Ag Center. Contact: Tom Allen at (406) 622-3751, and the Denton Town Hall, Denton. Contact: Janna Kincheloe at (406) 566-2277, Ext. 104 & 105.
Jan. 17: Shelby at the Marias Fair Exhibit Bldg. Contact: Jeannie Olmstead at (406) 424-8350, and in Chester at the Our Savior Lutheran Church, 10 E. Madison Ave. Contact: Jesse Fulbright at (406) 759-5625.
Jan. 18: Conrad's Pondera Shooting Sports Complex, 972 Granite Rd. Contact: Dan Picard at (406) 271-4053, and at the Cut Bank Courthouse Annex, 1210 E. Main. Contact: Damon Bunting at (406) 873-2239.
Jan. 19: Great Falls at the Family Living Center on the fairgrounds; Contact: Cascade County Extension office at (406) 454-6980, and n Choteau at the State Stop Inn, 1005 N. Main Ave. Contact: Mark Major at (406) 466-2491.