Labops Black Grass Bugs Damaging Pasture and Range Grasses (Cropland Insects)
Description:

Damaging numbers of black grass bugs (Labops species) are being reported in range and pasture locations in Teton and Big Horn Counties.  Black grass bugs are plant sap feeders that target many introduced range grasses, including crested wheatgrass, intermediate wheatgrass, and orchardgrass.  

 


Alert Period: 05/24/2018 - 06/30/2018
Submitted By: Ruth O'Neill
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Pythium root rot active on many crops (Cropland Diseases)
Description:

Pythium root rot has been confirmed on alfalfa (Yellowstone county), flax (Sheridan county), and winter wheat (Chouteau, Hill counties) on samples coming into the Schutter Diagnostic Laboratory. Attached is a brief description of symptoms and management options.

 

--Mary Burrows 406-994-7766, mburrows@montana.edu


Alert Period: 05/21/2018 - 06/21/2018
Submitted By: Mary Burrows
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Entomology IPM training opportunity for CCAs, county agents, other agricultural professionals (General)
Description:

CCAs, county agents, and other agricultural professionals are invited to attend a hands-on workshop on Entomology IPM. This is not intended as an introductory workshop, but will benefit those familiar with insect pests in Montana cropping systems. The agenda and registration form are attached. Limited to 20-25 participants, first come first served. Partial support provided by Western SARE and the USDA-NIFA Extension Implementation Program. CEUs and Pesticide Applicator Credits will be offered. 

Contact Mary Burrows with questions about the workshop (mburrows@montana.edu; 994-7766) and Eva Grimme with questions about registration (eva.grimme@montana.edu; 994-5150).

 


Alert Period: 05/22/2018 - 06/08/2018
Submitted By: Mary Burrows
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Winter-Killed Crested Wheatgrass and Yellow Alyssum (Rangeland)
Description:

Reports are coming in about winter-killed crested wheatgrass stands in Montana, as well as an increase in annual weedy alyssum species. In this Ag Alert, Dr. Jeff Mosley explains the "unfortunate co-occurance of events" that led to the loss of some stands over the winter, as well as the observed proliferation of annual weeds. Management recommendations for alyssum are also discussed. 


Alert Period: 05/18/2018 - 08/18/2018
Submitted By: Lesley Orloff
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Lentil Roll Timing (General)
Description:

Dr. Perry Miller has put together an AgAlert addressing the effects of roll timing on lentil yield. Please contact Dr. Miller with any questions (pmiller@montana.edu).

Thank you,

Eva Grimme


Alert Period: 05/15/2018 - 06/29/2018
Submitted By: Eva Grimme
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Chickpea seeding date (General)
Description:

Perry Miller and Clain Jones have put together an AgAlert addressing concerns about seeding date in chickpea. Contact Perry Miller with any questions, pmiller@montana.edu

 

Thank you,

--Mary Burrows


Alert Period: 05/14/2018 - 06/15/2018
Submitted By: Mary Burrows
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Decreasing Pesticide Impacts to Pollinators: Best Management Practices and FieldWatch (General)
Description:

In the spirit of National Pollinator Week, June 18 - 24, producers, bee keepers and pesticide applicators are reminded of best management practices to minimize negative impacts to pollinators when using pesticides. The value of insect pollinated crops in the US ranges from $18 to $27 billion annually, however insect pollinator numbers have been decreasing worldwide. One of the components of pollinator decline is pesticide use, not only on agricultural land, but also in urban areas.  This alert discusses best management practices and a new tool applicators, beekeepers and producers can use to decrease pollinator impacts, specifically to bees. 


Alert Period: 05/08/2018 - 07/25/2018
Submitted By: Cecil Tharp
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Wheat fungicide table for 2018 (Cropland Diseases)
Description:

The NCERA-184 Fungicide table is attached to this agalert and is available on the extension field crops plant path website at http://www.msuextension.org/plantpath/ 

 

Happy planting,

--Mary Burrows


Alert Period: 04/20/2018 - 08/30/2018
Submitted By: Mary Burrows
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Alfalfa blotch leafminer found in MT – a pest to watch for in 2018. (Cropland Insects)
Description: Damage from alfalfa blotch leafminers, a type of fly, has been identified from an alfalfa forage field in Lewis and Clark County. This appears to be the first report of this species in Montana.
Alert Period: 10/06/2017 - 07/31/2018
Submitted By: Ruth O'Neill
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