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Rangeland Management of Invasive Weeds Workshop

By PR Extension Office The effects of drought and heavy use by livestock and grasshoppers have impacted the plant communities in our rangeland. A workshop to address the changes that are occurring is scheduled for Thursday, July 7th at the Broadus...

 

Dept. of Agriculture Reminds Producers to Sign Up to be Counted in Ag Census

2022 Ag Census sign up ends June 30th Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding agricultural producers to sign up for the 2022 Census of Agriculture before June 30th. Taken only once every five years by the United Sta...

 

Catchweed is Thriving

By PR Extension Office Annual weeds are skyrocketing with the moisture received in May, according to MSU Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. The weed of the week is Catchweed (Boraginaceae). “Samples of catchweed that I’ve seen are about 4...

 

Scout For Alfalfa Weevil

By PR Extension Office A chronic problem for many producers is the alfalfa weevil, a key insect pest of alfalfa, causing variable levels of economic damage across Montana each growing season according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. “I...

 

Bulbous Bluegrass Is Loving The Moisture

By PR Extension Office “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 a...

 

Grasshopper Outlook For Powder River County

By PR Extension Office “The good news is that we’ve received much needed moisture and that according to the 2022 APHIS Grasshopper Hazard Map, Powder River County is not in the red zone,” according to Mary Rumph, MSU Extension Powder River...

 

Black Grass Bugs Impacting Crested Wheatgrass

By PR Extension Office With the recent moisture, the crested wheatgrass has shot up in growth. Unfortunately, we are also seeing damage from the black grass bug, according to Mary Rumph, Powder River Extension Agent. Most notable is the...

 

Free Counseling Services Now Available to MT's Ag Community

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture and Frontier Psychiatry have partnered to provide free access to counseling for Montanans involved in agriculture. Funded through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm and Ra...

 

Updates from the PR County Weed District

By Tammy Vantine The Powder River County Weed District (PRCOWD) would like to share the following information. Chemical prices are going up again this year and availability of some products are becoming scarce. PRCOWD will be selling chemical at the...

 

Bur Buttercup Flourishes

By PR Extension Office Seemingly unaffected by drought, bur buttercup is growing and blooming. This small yellow flowering annual is one of the earliest weeds to appear in the spring according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. It is a...

 

Un-Recorded Brands Up For Application

By MT Dept of Livestock On April 1, 2022, any brand that was not re-recorded during the 2021 Montana Livestock Brand Re-record event can be applied for. If you are planning to apply for or plan to hand deliver an application to Helena for a Montana...

 

Benefits of Early Calving Are Increasing Due to Late Winter Warming

By The Agricultural Research Service On rangelands of the Western U.S., calving in late winter instead of spring maximizes calf growth (weight) by supplying high-quality forage when its most needed, according to a study by the United States...

 

Extension Ag Winter Series Will Take Place January 18

By PR Extension Office The annual Extension Ag Winter Series will cover a variety of topics including the use of low-quality feeds, landscaping and plant identification, according to MSU Extension Powder River County Agent Mary Rumph. “Even...

 

Continued Drought Impacts Public Land Grazing In Eastern Montana

Courtesy Miles City BLM (MILES CITY, Mont.) – Bureau of Land Management Miles City Field Office range managers are concerned about the ongoing drought conditions which worsened through the 2021 growing season, resulting in varying degrees of...

 

Feeding Low-Quality Forage During Drought

Courtesy PR Extension Office By Megan Van Emon, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, Montana State University This year is a difficult year for livestock producers throughout Montana. The entire state is afflicted by drought, with the majority of the...

 

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...

 

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