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Powder River Farm Service Agency Announces Emergency Conservation Program Signup for Drought

ECP Signup Period: July 22, 2021 to August 20, 2021 Courtesy Mike Riley, PR FSA Drought has caused severe damage in Powder River County. Farms and ranches suffering severe damage may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation...

 

Montana Hay Hotline Available for Producers Affected by Drought

Helena, Mont. – As severe drought conditions and wildfires persist across the state, the Montana Department of Agriculture is reminding agricultural producers of the availability of the Hay Hotline, an online tool that connects those interested in...

 

Is Poor Quality Water Contributing to Livestock Losses?

By PR Extension Office Water quality (and quantity) for livestock has been a concern this summer, according to Mary Rumph, MSU Extension Powder River County Agent. Water is the most important nutrient for livestock. A quality and safe water supply...

 

Invasive Grassy Weeds Workshop

By PR Extension Office The best way to prevent invasive weeds from overtaking the range or cropland is early detection and control, according to Montana State University (MSU) Extension Powder River Agent Mary Rumph. “The problem with grassy...

 

Grazing High Nitrate Grain Fields

Courtesy PR Extension Office An Extension researcher and forage specialist have developed recommendations to salvage drought stricken cereal grain fields. These recommendations are from Northern Ag Research Center, Havre, Supervisor Darrin Boss...

 

APHIS Grasshopper Suppression Program Materializes

By Mary Rumph, MSU Extension Powder River Agent Planes in the Air: When asked the first of June what I thought the chances were of the APHIS grasshopper treatment program happening, my response was "1...

 

Nitrate Levels Skyrocketing in Spring Grains

By PR Extension Office In a year where forage is short in supply and vitally important, nitrate levels have tested very high in samples of spring grains, according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. “Many producers are trying to make...

 

Add Blister Beetles to the List

By PR Extension Office “As if drought and grasshoppers aren’t enough, I’m now receiving reports of blister beetles swarming and defoliating deciduous trees, along with other plants”, according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph....

 

Monitor Alfalfa for Pests

By PR Extension Office This year there is a double threat for alfalfa growers, according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. In addition to alfalfa weevil, which are a chronic problem for...

 

Final Grasshopper Suppression Meeting Scheduled for June 8th

1-5 pm Broadus Community Center By Powder River Extension Office The most recent update to the rangeland grasshopper suppression program through APHIS is discouraging news with no increase in federal funding, according to Gary Adams, Director of...

 

Catchweeds are Catching Attention

By PR Extension Office A nuisance weed, Catchweed (Boraginaceae), has recently been cussed and discussed in the last few weeks, according to Extension Agent Mary Rumph. “Reports are that the catchweed is about 4” tall,” said Rumph. “It is...

 

Final Grasshopper Suppression Meeting Scheduled for June 8th 1-5 pm Broadus Community Center

By PR Extension Office An update to the Grasshopper Suppression program in the works for Powder River County landowners was provided by Gary Adams, Director of Montana APHIS, in Broadus last week re...

 

Grasshoppers are emerging

Grasshopper Suppression Workshop will be held Tuesday, May 18th, 3:00 p.m. Broadus Community Center. By PR Extension Office As limited moisture has initiated the growth of grass, the possibility of another devastating summer of grasshoppers is...

 

Black Grass Bugs Hitting Crested Wheatgrass

By PR Extension Office “The little moisture received in the area has resulted in crested wheatgrass growing, which is good; but unfortunately, the black grass bug population has also exploded”, according to Mary Rumph, MSU Powder River...

 

Grasshopper Suppression Program Update

Courtesy PR Extension Office Encouraged by the recent moisture and at least the possibility of grass to protect this summer, there is a request for additional information from cooperators interested in participating in the APHIS Grasshopper...

 

Bur Buttercup Control

Courtesy 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...

 

Hail Insurance Available Through MT Dept. of Ag

Helena, Mont. – Applications for the State Hail Insurance Program are now available through the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA). Producers can insure crops against hail damage at the maximum coverage rate of $75 per acre for dryland and...

 

MSU Extension Drought Series

Courtesy PR Extension Office The Montana State University (MSU) Extension Ranching Systems Team has scheduled a series of drought management programs across the state in late April. The series is in response to the April 6th Drought Monitor map...

 

Preparing Your Operation for Drought

By Megan Van Emon, MSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, Courtesy PR Extension Office Much of the state has been experiencing Spring-like weather for the past few weeks, which has made for a pleasant calving season. However, based on snowfall and...

 

Prepare for Grass Tetany in Livestock

Courtesy PR Extension Office With warm temperatures and moisture, the grass is greening up and cattle and sheep are chasing the new growth, noted MSU/Powder River County Extension Agent Mary Rumph....

 

Optimum Time for Prairie Dog Control is Now

Courtesy PR Extension Office The window for using one of the most effective tools for controlling prairie dogs is quickly disappearing, according to MSU Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. “Two products are available for use until March...

 

Grasshopper Suppression Program Update

By PR Extension Office “We can only hope that -25 degrees will freeze grasshopper eggs,” stated Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph, “since everything else seems to freeze at that temperature!” Unfortunately, Gary Adams, Entomologist...

 

USDA Extends General Signup for Conservation Reserve Program

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General Signup period, which had previously been announced as ending on Feb. 12, 2021. USDA will continue to accept offers as it takes this...

 

USDA Temporarily Suspends Debt Collections, Foreclosures on Farm Loans for Several Thousand Borrowers Due to Coronavirus

BOZEMAN, Montana, Jan. 27, 2021 – Due to the national public health emergency caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the temporary suspension of past-due debt collections and foreclosures f...

 

Application Deadline is Feb 1 for Livestock Forage Disaster Program

Jan. 21, 2021 - Livestock producers in seven Montana counties are eligible to apply for 2020 Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) benefits on small grain, native pasture, and/or improved pasture due to qualifying drought. Livestock producers in...

 

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