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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....

 

DNRC reminder: Just four weeks left to file exempt water right claims

HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) would like to remind water right owners that the deadline for filing a claim on exempt water rights is June 30, 2019 – just four weeks away. The 2017 Montana...

 

Bulbous Bluegrass is Loving the Moisture

Courtesy PR Extension “The bulbous bluegrass is taking full advantage of the moisture this spring” 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...

 

Black Grass Bugs Are Back!

Courtesy PR Extension Just in the last week, the black grass bug hammered crested wheatgrass hard, according to Mary Rumph, Powder River Extension Agent. People will first notice an “anemic” look to the grass in some areas, where it should be...

 

Alyssum is Everywhere!

Courtesy PR Extension Early annual weeds are impacting the range, according to Extension Agent Mary Rumph. Yellow alyssum (Alyssum alyssoides) and desert alyssum (Alyssum desertorum) are non-native, annual, weedy forbs (i.e., herbs) that are...

 

Montana Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Applicants

HELENA, MT -- A prestigious award that celebrates voluntary conservation by farmers, ranchers and other landowners is coming to Montana. Montana is the latest state where Sand County Foundation presents the Leopold Conservation Award®. Given in hono...

 

Montana Department Of Livestock Conducting Tuberculosis Investigations

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) is conducting cattle testing related to the diagnosis of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in animals during routine inspection conducted at out-of-state slaughter establishments. These...

 

Montana NRCS Announces 2019 Honey Bee Pollinator Initiative

BOZEMAN, Mont., April 11, 2019–The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering additional funding through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to target honey bee pollinator resource concerns in Montana in 2019....

 

Ag Census shows changes in Montana Agriculture

Report shows demographic changes, loss of farm income Helena, Mont. – USDA’s National Agricultural Statistic Service recently released the 2017 Census of Agriculture, highlighting several key data points important to Montana’s agriculture...

 

DNRC reminding public: Deadline to file exempt water right claims is June 30

HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) would like to remind water right owners that the deadline for filing a claim on their exempt water rights is June 30, 2019. The 2017 Montana Legislature created...

 

NRCS Announces EQIP Cropland Seeding and Organic Initiatives

BOZEMAN, Mont., March 14, 2019–The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering additional funding through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to target specific resource concerns in Montana in 2019: Sage Grouse...

 

Poor Weather makes for tough calving

A story which has played out around the countryside due to the cold temps and deep snow is told in pictures. A calf, hypothermic and near death, is plucked from the snow and brought inside the...

 

FSA Urges Producers to Consider Crop Risk Protection Coverage before March 15 Deadline

BOZEMAN, Montana, March 11, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Mike Foster reminds producers to review available USDA crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and...

 

Attention all Cattle and Sheep Producers:

Powder River County is now sending out new predator control forms. The new forms are a combined setup with the Dept of Livestock and Powder River County Predator Control, and encompass, fixed wing, helicopter and ground control. These forms are...

 

Livestock Reports Due March 1

Montanans have just a few more weeks to report the livestock they own in order to pay the per capita fees set yearly by the Montana Board of Livestock. Livestock reports are due March 1. Owners can report online at Report YourLivestock.mt.gov....

 

USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Additional Services During Government Shutdown

(Washington, D.C., January 22, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that all Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices nationwide will soon reopen to provide additional administrative services to farmers and ranchers during...

 

MT Dept of Revenue: Livestock Owners Must Report by March 1

Helena – The Montana Department of Revenue is reminding all livestock owners that they need to report their livestock to the department by March 1, 2019. Livestock owners can report the number of livestock they own as of February 1 online at...

 

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