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Update on the USDA Grasshopper Suppression Program

By PR Extension Office More than seventy-five landowners attending the recent Extension Ag Winter Series in late January learned that the double-digit sub-zero temperatures we suffered in January likely had no effect on the grasshopper eggs laid...

 

Livestock Reports and Payments Due March 1

HELENA - Montanans have just a few more weeks to report the number of each type of livestock they own and to pay the per capita fees set yearly by the Montana Board of Livestock. Livestock reports and payments are due March 1. Owners can report and...

 

A Glimpse Into PR County Agriculture, By The Numbers

Each year the Montana Department of Agriculture, in coordination with the US Department of Agriculture, prints a Montana Agricultural Statistics bulletin, which presents the data on a wide variety of agricultural information from across the state, so...

 

Cattle Might Need More Feed

By Mary Rumph, Powder River Extension and Megan Van Emon, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist “We have had such mild winter weather that many ranchers have relied solely on standing grass for grazing. Though this philosophy saves the hay in the...

 

Extension Ag Winter Series Planned For Late January

By PR Extension Office A variety of topics will be covered at the annual Extension Ag Winter Series on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024, according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. The workshop will begin at noon at the Broadus Community...

 

Grasshopper Management Workshop in Miles City Next Week

By PR Extension Office The 2024 grasshopper prediction map is sobering, according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. Much of the county is in the 8-15 grasshoppers per square yard; with a...

 

USDA Invests Nearly $2 Million to Expand Markets for Several Montana Rural Small Businesses and Agricultural Producers

BOZEMAN, Mont. – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development in Montana State Director Kathleen Willims announced today an investment of nearly $2 million in nine Montana small businesses and agricultural producers to help expand...

 

Protect Your Water Rights Before They Dry Up - Conservation Corner

By Powder River Conservation District Does the sight of lush alfalfa ready for a second or third cutting warm your heart? Want to rest easy knowing you have the water to provide hay during the coming...

 

Fall Grazing For Livestock

By PR Extension Office With the mild fall temperatures and the recent moisture, the green up of grass and regrowth of crops has extended the Fall grazing season. One question we have received is “when is it safe to graze alfalfa in the Fall?...

 

Mental Health Concerns In Agriculture

Courtesy PR Exension Office, who notes: The following article is a reprint with permission from author Dana Jansen, Director, Montana Ag Safety Program from the Summer 2023 issue of the Montana Farm Bureau Spokesman. Mental health and all of the...

 

Fair Livestock Carcass Contest Results

By PR Extension Office The carcass contest provides a look "under the hide" for market animals exhibited at the Powder River County Fair. Technician Elin Kittelmann evaluated the live animals with...

 

Moisture Complicates Baling

By PR Extension Office The race to beat the grasshoppers and alfalfa weevil has been especially challenging the last few weeks due to the almost daily thunderstorms. How devastating it is to see a beautiful field hammered by hail, reduced to...

 

Montana Working Lands Program Brings Together Ranchers And Students

A college student from the University of Montana recently contacted us regarding her participation in the Montana Working Lands Internship Program. The state program, administered through the DNRC,...

 

Grasshoppers In Abundance

By PR Extension Office Grasshoppers are hatching in large numbers, according to MSU Extension Powder River County Agent Mary Rumph.“Reports are coming in from several areas throughout the county,” said Rumph. “Unfortunately, a wide scale...

 

Organic Ranch Tour Will Take Place At O'Connor's

Great Falls, Montana (May 18th, 2023) – Montana Organic Association announces 2023 summer farm tours, as participants are invited to visit the Montana Legacy Ranch in Ekalaka. Ty and Sarina O’Connor own and operate Montana Legacy Ranch, as well...

 

Crested Wheatgrass Suffers From Black Grass Bugs

By PR Extension Office The crested wheatgrass has responded to the moisture and warmer temperatures, exploding in growth. Unfortunately, the black grass bug population has also exploded and is sucking the grass dry, according to Mary Rumph, Powder...

 

Bur Buttercup Control

By PR Extension Office One of the earliest weeds to appear in the spring, as early as the mustards, is a small yellow flowering annual known as bur buttercup, according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. It is a winter annual that...

 

Prepare For Grass Tetany In Livestock

By PR Extension Office With anticipated warm temperatures and the recent moisture, the grass is starting to green up and cattle and sheep are chasing the new growth, noted MSU/Powder River County Extension Agent Mary Rumph. Producers are...

 

Prepare for Calving Season

By Mary Rumph, MSU Powder River Extension Agent The warmer weather has positively affected the outlook of many on the up-coming calving season. For many producers, calving season will be in full swing in six to eight weeks. The following are some...

 

Winter Cattle Feeding Guidelines

Courtesy PR Extension Office Now that we are a few weeks into the winter season, it is probably a good time to assess not only your cow herd but also your feed inventory and other resources, according to Megan Van Emon, MSU Extension Beef Cattle...

 

MSU Extension Winter Series January 17th, 2023

By PR Extension Office Identifying and managing invasive grassy weeds; feeding your cattle for best possible breed-up; and shelterbelt recovery following drought will all be addressed at the annual MSU Extension Ag Winter Series scheduled for...

 

Additional Detections of Avian Influenza Confirmed in Montana

Helena, Mont. – On Thursday, December 15, the Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) confirmed that Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) killed a small backyard poultry flock in Flathead County. This case marks the 16th HPAI affected flock in...

 

Organic Agriculture Training Available In Billings, Dec 6-7

Submitted by Margaret Scoles, https://www.ioia.net The National Center for Appropriate Technology, along with nationally recognized organic leaders, including the International Organic Inspectors Association of Broadus, will offer an Organic Academy...

 

Ventenata Will Make You Wish For Cheatgrass

By PR Extension Office "In a year like this, with abundant grass lasting into the fall, livestock should be satisfied," commented MSU Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. "Unless, of course,...

 

Yucca Weevil Killing Yucca Plants

By PR Extension Office The primary cause of dying yucca plants has recently been detected, according to MSU Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. “For a few years, I have noticed dying yucca plants throughout rangeland and have received...

 

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