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Bur Buttercup Appearing!

By PR Extension Office Last week Powder River Extension received its first call of the spring regarding a nuisance weed – bur buttercup! One of the earliest weeds to appear in the spring, as early as the mustards, is a small yellow flowering...

 

Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch looking for generous ranchers

The Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch is looking for area ranchers to help out in their “Homes for Heifers” program. As a member of the program, a rancher has the option to receive a bred heifer from the Boys and Girls Ranch. The heifer, which...

 

USDA Farm Service Agency Livestock Program Reminder

Submitted by Mike Riley Montana livestock producers are reminded to keep updated livestock inventory records. These records are necessary in the event of a natural disaster. The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), administered by USDA Farm Service Age...

 

Alyssa Riley awarded the PR Conservation District Scholarship

By Liz Riter Alyssa Riley was recently awarded a scholarship by the Powder River Conservation District, which will be used by Alyssa during her spring semester in vet school. She is the daughter of...

 

The Importance of the Calf's First Meal

By Mike Schuldt, MSU Extension, Custer County The importance of colostrum as the first meal for a newborn is well known in all species; however, the importance of timing has been a topic of research....

 

Landowners Invited to Forest Fuels Information Meeting

Submitted by Corey Swenson Anyone one who owns or operates land within the area encompassed by Hwy 212 on the north, the Sonnette Road on the east, Taylor Creek Road on the south and Otter Creek Hwy (484) on the west is cordially invited to attend...

 

Grazing Association to hold annual meeting

By Jackie Walden The Ashland Fort Howes Grazing Association will hold their annual meeting on Friday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ashland Public School. Three organizations have committed to speak at that meeting on the value each organization...

 

Powder River County FSA reminds agricultural producers of the following FSA dates and deadlines

Submitted by Mike Riley Contact the office to sign up and with any questions, at 436-2321. Dec. 9, 2019 to Feb. 28, 2020: General Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Signup Period Sept. 3, 2019 to March 15, 2020: 2019 Agricultural Risk Coverage Price...

 

Montana Historical Society accepting applications for Centennial Farm and Ranch properties

The Montana Historical Society (MHS) is now accepting applications for the Centennial Farm and Ranch program. New inductees will receive a framed certificate signed by the governor, recognition at the “Ag Day” ceremony in the State Capitol...

 

Montana Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Applicants

BOZEMAN, MT – Know a Montana rancher, farmer or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2020 Montana Leopold Conservation Award®. Sand County Foundation presents the Leopold...

 

USDA Reminds Historically Underserved Producers of Advance Payment Option

BOZEMAN, Mont., January 15, 2020 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reminds historically underserved producers, who are participating in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), of the advance payment option. This...

 

MT LIVESTOCK OWNERS MUST REPORT TO DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE

Helena – The Montana Department of Revenue is reminding all livestock owners that they need to report their livestock to the department by March 1, 2020. The numbers of livestock owned as of February 1 can be reported online at...

 

Extension Ag Winter Series January 21st

Courtesy PR Extension Weeds to be aware of, herbicide resistance, forage quality, ration balancing and the importance of staying safe on the ranch are all topics that will be discussed at the annual Extension Ag Winter Series scheduled for...

 

Local Webinar Featuring Noxious Weed Palmer Amaranth

To be held November 5th, from 8:30 a.m. – Noon, at the Powder River County Election Room Palmer Amaranth, a pigweed relative, is one of the most serious weeds facing American agriculture today and it’s coming this way! After traveling across the...

 

Noxious Weed Ventenata Threatens Rangeland

Courtesy PR Extension Service What if the first person in Powder River County that had a leafy spurge plant back in the 1950's knew what it was, recognized its ability to invade and sprayed/pulled/d...

 

Fall grazing for livestock

Courtesy PR Extension Green grass throughout the summer and into Fall is unusual for our area, commented Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. The regrowth on alfalfa fields have tempted some into a second or third cutting and will provide fall...

 

Sandburs, Buffalobur & Puncturevine: How to ID and deal with the prickly plants

Courtesy PR Extension Service A few of the late summer and early fall weeds are very prickly, according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. “Field sandbur seeds stick to everything…shoe laces, socks, wool, and fur,” commented Rumph,...

 

USDA Opens Signup for Market Facilitation Program

Signup opened July 29, 2019 for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to assist farmers who continue to suffer from damages because of unjustified trade retaliation from foreign nations. Through MFP,...

 

Prairie Dog & Pocket Gopher Control Workshops July 24th

Producers are encourage to attend the in-depth control workshops for prairie dogs and pocket gophers on Wednesday, July 24th. Mary Rumph, Powder River Extension Agent, has teamed up with the Montana Department of Agriculture Vertebrate Pest...

 

Sweet Clover Presents Challenges

Sweet clover is in abundance this year in response to excellent moisture conditions early in the growing season. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, according to Powder River Extension Agent...

 

Dealing with wet hay

By PR Extension How exciting to see the lush, tall and dense forage in abundance throughout the county! How devastating to see it hammered by hail, reduced to sticks in the field; blown down, drowning in the field; windrows blown or washed away,...

 

FSA Maps - 2019 Acreage Reporting/ Crop Certification: July 15 Deadline

In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers, including livestock producers, are encouraged to visit the Powder River FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline. Producers are...

 

Painted Lady Butterfly makes an appearance

Thistle caterpillar is widespread across many states this year, including Montana, according to Extension Agent Mary Rumph. The caterpillars eating thistle are the painted butterfly, also known as...

 

Prairie Dog and Pocket Gopher Control Programs Scheduled for July 24th

In-depth control programs for vertebrate pests identified by producers in Powder River County earlier this spring are planned for late July, according to Mary Rumph, Powder River Extension Agent. Extension has teamed up with the Montana Department of...

 

Alfalfa Weevil Population Increasing

Alfalfa weevil are the key insect pest of alfalfa, causing variable levels of economic damage across Montana each growing season according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. “The weevil had a slower start this spring,” reported Rumph....

 

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