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High Grasshopper Populations Predicted for 2021

Courtesy PR Extension Office After dealing with drought and a severe grasshopper infestation throughout much of Powder River County this summer, landowners have expressed interest in controlling...

 

USDA Designates PR County as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties/ Border State Also Available WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2020 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated Powder River County, Montana, as a primary natural disaster area. Producers who suffered...

 

Field Sandbur, Buffalobur & Puncturevine

Courtesy PR Extension Office Now is a good time to control some of the late summer and early fall weeds, several of which are very prickly, according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. “Field sandbur seeds stick to everything…shoe...

 

USDA Offers Disaster Assistance to Montana Farmers and Livestock Producers Impacted by Wildfires

BOZEMAN, Montana, Sept. 14, 2020 – Montana agricultural operations have been significantly impacted by the wildfires, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has technical and financial assistance available to help farmers and livestock...

 

Curlycup Gumweed Prevalent this Year

Courtesy PR Extension Office Curlycup gumweed, also known as rosinweed, has been plentiful in late summer, according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. It is more prevalent most likely due to the drier conditions we experienced this...

 

Grasshoppers Next Year? Let's be Prepared!

By PR Extension Office Many landowners in Powder River county had devastating grasshopper infestations this summer. Unfortunately, many of the grasshoppers have already or will lay eggs in the next few weeks, leading to a potential outbreak again...

 

Beef Marketing School Coming Up In November

By PR Extension Office As an ag producer, have you ever wondered about marketing your beef, lamb, or pork products directly to the consumer? In November, there is a great opportunity to learn how to do just that from the comfort of your own home...

 

Deadline Approaching for USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Application Deadline is Sept. 11 WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2020 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is Sept. 11,...

 

Dept. of Livestock Asks Montanans to Remember Swine Import Requirements

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Livestock (DOL) is asking Montanans to follow all animal import requirements to help protect the health of the state’s livestock industries. Recent packing plant closures throughout the country have...

 

USDA Stands Up New Team to Better Serve Beginning Farmers and Ranchers in Montana

BOZEMAN, Mont., August 19, 2020 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is standing up a new team that will lead a department-wide effort focused on serving beginning farmers and ranchers. To institutionalize support for beginning farmers and...

 

USDA Allows Emergency Haying and Grazing on Conservation Reserve Program Acres in PR County

July 31, 2020 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Mike Riley today announced that Powder River County is authorized for emergency haying and grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres...

 

BLM seeks comments on Pumpkin Creek grazing EA

(MILES CITY, Mont.) – The BLM Miles City Field Office is accepting public comments on a preliminary environmental assessment which describes options for grazing on the Pumpkin Creek Allotment, located about 15 miles south of Miles City. Deadline...

 

Forage Seeding Crop Insurance Deadline Nears

Courtesy USDA USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) reminds producers in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming that for the 2021 crop year a Fall Seeded Practice has been added for: 1) Irrigated Alfalfa Forage Seeding in all Montana and...

 

Nitrate Testing Available for Forages

Courtesy PR Extension Office The lack of moisture throughout the majority of Powder River County has resulted in early harvest of small grains for forage, according to Extension Agent Mary Rumph. “Many producers are trying to make hay before the...

 

High Numbers of Blister Beetles Reported

Courtesy PR Extension Office Blister beetle infestations are being reported throughout the county, according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. “It is not surprising to see a large number this year,” said Rumph. “Blister beetles...

 

FSA County Committee

Nominations Opened June 15 WASHINGTON, June 10, 2020 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) began accepting nominations for county committee members on Monday, June 15, 2020. Elections will occur in certain Local Administrative Areas (LAA) for these...

 

Alfalfa Weevil is Present

Courtesy PR Extension Office A chronic problem for many producers is the alfalfa weevil, a key insect pest of alfalfa, causing variable levels of economic damage across Montana each growing season according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rump...

 

State Officials Encourage Safe Handling Of Live Poultry

Courtesy MT DPHHS Raising backyard poultry has become an increasingly popular activity in Montana. Spring is a common season to purchase and begin raising young birds, and there are many feed stores in Montana that sell chicks and ducks. While...

 

Montana's Conservation Districts and the Stream Permitting Process

By Liz Riter, NRCS Broadus Healthy rivers and streams are important to Montanans for their lives and livelihoods: providing fisheries, clean water, recreation and aesthetics, agriculture and...

 

MT Farmers and Ranchers May Now Apply for Financial Assistance through USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Contributed by Mike Riley, Broadus FSA Office (Ed: This new program may apply to producers of cattle, hogs, and sheep, as well as certain farmed crops.) Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), whi...

 

Bulbous Bluegrass Spreading

Courtesy PR Extension Office “Bulbous bluegrass is spreading everywhere,” stated Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. Rumph described the invader as a thin stemmed, wiry grass that cures early and is often found in areas vegetated by downy...

 

Be on the Lookout for Grasshoppers

Courtesy PR Extension Office Grasshoppers are common pests in Montana particularly in the central and eastern regions. Based on high populations late last summer, the prediction for Powder River County is for high numbers of grasshoppers,...

 

Livestock Per Capita Fee Payments Due May 31

HELENA – The Montana Departments of Livestock and Revenue would like to thank the livestock owners that have reported and paid their 2020 per capita livestock fees. The per capita fees provide critical funding for programs that benefit livestock...

 

Watch for Black Grass Bugs

Courtesy PR Extension Office With the recent warm temperatures, the crested wheat grass has shot up in growth. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year that we normally see the black grass bug explode, according to Mary Rumph, Powder River Exte...

 

Native Forbs are Blooming, Including Death Camas

Courtesy PR Extension Office The native forbs are blooming, enhancing the prairie with splashes of color. Unfortunately, not all that is growing is desirable, according to Mary Rumph, Powder River Extension Agent. “In addition to the grass and...

 

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