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From MSU News Service

Montana State University Extension will host a free, annual cropping seminar series on Jan. 6-10 in Fort Benton, Stanford, Havre, Chester, Shelby, Cut Bank, Conrad, Choteau and Great Falls. Speakers will cover crop diseases and management, oilseed crops, cropping decision tools and international markets and world supply and demand. Both commercial and private pesticide licensing recertification credits will be available.

Mary Burrows, MSU plant pathology specialist, will speak about fungicide efficacy and resistance prevention in cereal grains, peas, lentils and chickpeas. She will also address upcoming crop disease concerns for crops raised in the Golden Triangle.

Patrick Carr from the MSU Central Agricultural Research Center will discuss the suitability of incorporating oilseeds into central Montana wheat-based cropping systems, with a focus on spring and winter canola, flax, hemp and mustard. Variety selection, planting strategies, fertilizer management, herbicide options and harvest options will be covered.

Kent McVay, MSU Extension cropping systems specialist at the Southern Agricultural Research Center, will provide an update on available web-based tools. He will demonstrate how to quickly produce a fertilizer recommendation based on a soil test, narrow herbicide choices and update chosen wheat varieties using current local data. Additional online tools will be discussed, as well.

Barnett Sporkin-Morrison, Food and Ag Development Center director from Great Falls, will give an overview of international markets and current world supply and demand. He will also cover what’s happening in the world agricultural economy and some significant changes that will impact growers by the year 2050.

The seminars are free, and all producers are encouraged to attend. The Fort Benton, Stanford, Havre, Chester, Shelby, Cut Bank, Conrad and Choteau seminars will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration. The Great Falls seminar will begin at 9:30 a.m. with registration. Seminars will finish by 3:30 p.m.

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