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Alyssum is Back

Courtesy PR Extension Office A very fine stemmed, short, yellow blooming annual weed is now present, according to Extension Agent Mary Rumph. Yellow alyssum (Alyssum alyssoides) and desert alyssum (Alyssum desertorum) are non-native, annual, weedy...

 

Catchweed Bedstraw Emerging Nuisance Weed

Courtesy PR Extension Office A nuisance weed, Catchweed Bedstraw, is just starting to grow this spring, according to Extension Agent Mary Rumph. “Reports are that the catchweed is about 4” tall,” said Rumph. “It is often unnoticed until it...

 

Spring Prairie Dog Control Important

Courtesy PR Extension Office Prairie dog control methods, though limited in the spring, are valuable because of the timing for optimum control of the litters, according to Extension Agent Mary Rumph. Prairie dogs are social animals that live in...

 

Optimum Time for Pocket Gopher Control is Now

By Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph The “stay at home” order might provide ag families with an additional labor source at home able to help trap pocket gophers this spring. With the warmer weather, I’ve noticed fresh pocket gopher...

 

Department of Livestock Issues Guidance for Branding Season

Agriculture, and the protection of our food supply, has been declared critical infrastructure by the Department of Homeland Security during the COVID-19 response. This declaration means that we have a responsibility to maintain continuity within our...

 

Prepare for Grass Tetany in Livestock

Courtesy PR Extension Service 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. Producers are encouraged to take precautions to...

 

Mini-Grants Available via Growth Through Agriculture Program

Grants up to $5,000 available Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced mini-grant funding is now available through its Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) Program. All projects will need to demonstrate how they expand...

 

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,...

 

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