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License Renewal for Private Applicators

By PR Extension Office Private applicator renewal letters were sent to all private applicators in our county recently, according to MSU Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. The letters, sent from the Montana Department of Agriculture, should...

 

Questions to Ask When Developing Winter Cow Care Agreements

By PR Extension Office “No one can take care of your livestock better than you,” is a comment I have heard repeatedly throughout a lifetime of ranching. However, sometimes, conditions arise in which you don’t have the resources to achieve...

 

USDA Expands Assistance To Cover Feed Transportation Costs For Drought-Impacted Ranchers

WASHINGTON, September 8, 2021 — In response to the severe drought conditions in the West and Great Plains, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today its plans to help cover the cost of transporting feed for livestock that rely on...

 

2021 Pest Management Tour Offers Credit Opportunities For Private Pesticide Applicators In SE Montana

Courtesy PR Extension Office Private applicators in need of additional credits for recertification prior to December 31, 2021, have an opportunity to attend the 2021 Pest Management Tour in early October, according to MSU Powder River Extension...

 

MT Dept. of Agriculture Shares Best Practices for Hay Shipments to Prevent Noxious Weeds and Pests

Helena, Mont. – As Montana agricultural producers strive to find adequate feed for livestock during severe drought conditions and a damaging wildfire season, the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is issuing guidance for out-of-county or...

 

MSU Extension Cautions Livestock Managers To Evaluate Weed Feed Or Grazing For Nitrate Toxicity

From MSU News Service BOZEMAN – Due to the extended drought in Montana, water availability in many areas has become severely limited. Reservoirs have dried up and are becoming covered in weeds. Montana State University Extension [msuextension.org]...

 

Take Note of Ongoing Notice of Loss Requirements for Disaster Programs

Courtesy Mike Riley, Broadus FSA It’s important for agricultural producers to report losses immediately as all disaster programs are dependent on the timely reporting of the loss. A notice of loss can be filed with the Powder River Farm Service...

 

How Much Hay Do I Need?

By PR Extension Office That seems to be the million dollar question this summer, according to MSU Extension Powder River County agent Mary Rumph. “I contacted MSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Megan Van Emon for insight,” said Rumph. She...

 

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... Full story

 

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...

 

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