Soil Acidity and Soil Health Workshop, Fort Benton, Feb 27 (Agri-Business/Cropland)
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Crop advisers, Extension agents, researchers, and producers have now measured low pH (< 5.5) in 14 Montana Counties, with a low of 3.8 (Choteau County). Below about 4.5 generally results in near crop failure due to aluminum toxicity. See attached upcoming workshop description as well as 2 "Soil Scoops" on the process and management strategies to prevent, adapt to, or mitigate this problem at:  http://landresources.montana.edu/soilfertility/soilscoop.html 


Alert Period: 02/18/2018 - 02/28/2018
Submitted By: Clain Jones
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Fungicide guides for pulse crops (General)
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Updated fungicide tables for pulse crops are attached. Let us know if there are any errors or omissions. There will be some updates this spring and all updates will be posted to my website at http://www.msuextension.org/plantpath/ under 'Publications.'

--Mary Burrows mburrows@montana.edu; 994-7766


Alert Period: 02/12/2018 - 03/12/2018
Submitted By: Mary Burrows
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Bat Standards Course Offered by NWCOA (General)
Description: Bat educational and management courses are rare in Montana. The National Wildlife Control Operators Association (NWCOA) is offering a Bat Standards course in Great Falls on March 26th, and Billings on March 27th. The goal of this course is to aid participants in the survival and future of bats in North America, as well as to educate those who perform bat exclusion services in residential and commercial structures. This one day training course will enable participants to become NWCOA Bat Standards Compliant: Part 1 Certified. This course includes bat biology, bat behavior, bat removal, equipment, safety, and much more. See attached flyer for more information.
Alert Period: 01/19/2018 - 03/10/2018
Submitted By: Cecil Tharp
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Webinar: "Drones in Ag: The Wild West" (General)
Description: Please join the Schutter Diagnostic Lab and the Great Plains Diagnostic Network for a webinar on “Drones in Ag: The Wild West” tomorrow, January 17th, at 9:00 MT, by Dr. Jessica Rupp, Montana State University. Please open the attached PDF file for detailed information and a list of future webinars. Please contact Eva Grimme (406-994-5150 or eva.grimme@montana.edu) for any questions.
Alert Period: 01/16/2018 - 03/10/2018
Submitted By: Eva Grimme
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New RMA statement for chickpea: organic grower’s options (Cropland Diseases)
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Alert Period: 01/12/2018 - 03/31/2018
Submitted By: Mary Burrows
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Pesticide Applicators should be aware of new WPS Requirements as of January 1st, 2018. (Pesticides)
Description: The US EPA published a revised Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) in 2015 to better protect agricultural workers from pesticide exposure. Revisions went into effect January 2, 2017; however Montana pesticide applicators are reminded of a few revisions that recently went into effect January 1, 2018. See the attachment that defines the new 2018 requirements while providing additional WPS resources.
Alert Period: 01/02/2018 - 04/05/2018
Submitted By: Cecil Tharp
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Regional Pesticide Education Trainings offered across Montana in 2018. (General)
Description: The Montana State University Pesticide Education Program (PEP) is coordinating five regional private applicator initial certification trainings across Montana. These seven hour training opportunities are designed for individuals desiring to learn more about pesticides, while simultaneously qualifying for a Montana private applicator license. Training opportunities are available within Northern Cheyenne Reservation (Lame Deer) on January 17th, Blackfoot Reservation (Browning) on January 30th, Stillwater County (Columbus) on February 1st, Fort Belknap Reservation (Harlem) on March 6th and Broadwater County (Three Forks) on March 15th. See attachment for details.
Alert Period: 12/19/2017 - 03/01/2018
Submitted By: Cecil Tharp
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New Requirements for Farmers using Dicamba Products on Dicamba Tolerant Soybeans. (General)
Description: EPA, working with Monsanto, BASF and DuPont, finalized measures to minimize drift from the use of dicamba formulations in genetically modified cotton and soybeans. Montana is not historically known to grow soybean, however planting has increased to approximately 10,000 acres in 2017. Either way, Montana was not listed as a state where “over the top” applications of dicamba are acceptable. Farmers wishing to use this technology in other states, or in Montana if current state restrictions were changed should understand the new rules.
Alert Period: 10/16/2017 - 03/14/2018
Submitted By: Cecil Tharp
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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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