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Be on the lookout for orange wheat blossom midge larvae

Early field scouting at the Montana State University Experiment Station in Creston indicates high levels of orange wheat blossom midge larvae earlier than expected this season. Spring wheat growers are being urged to survey their fields to determine if they will have a problem. Larvae may be found on the soil surface or within two to four inches deep in small round cocoons. Adults emerge over a 4-6 week period around the time of wheat head emergence and flowering. The wheat midge is a small, delicate mosquito-like fly that is orange in color. Females fly beginning at dusk when temperatures are above 59 degrees Fahrenheit and wind speed is below six mph. Eggs are deposited on florets o...


Mack Days EIS complete, tourney future to be decided mid-August Mack Days EIS complete, tourney future to be decided mid-August

POLSON — Mack Days began 12 years ago as a management tool aimed at reducing Flathead Lake’s lake trout population while increasing the native bull and cutthroat trout populations.  After more than a decade, CSKT fisheries biologist Barry Hansen said the twice-annual fishing tournament ha...


Watch out for plants poisonous to horses

There are many plants in Lake County that have been suspected of being poisonous; however these plants vary greatly in their toxicities, the classes of animals affected and the conditions under which poisoning occurs. For example, a particular plant might provide good forage for cattle and horses, yet be poi...


People reminded to heed seasonal regulations

News from the Tribal Wildland Recreation Program  LAKE COUNTY — As the seasons change, new recreational seasonal closures take effect and some closures are now lifted, according to Les Bigcrane, Tribal Wildland Recreation Program. The use of fireworks at the Blue Bay Camp Grounds is prohibit...


Landowner permission needed to remove invasive plants

News from the Flathead Basin Commission POLSON — Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) can foul boats, degrade water quality and wreak havoc on a host of native species. The economic impacts are equally adverse. Once invasive species become established in a watershed, property values and tourism revenues g...


Fishing Without Barriers Day a success

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks POLSON — A total of 80 anglers with disabilities participated in the 20th annual Fishing Without Barriers Day on Flathead Lake on June 13. The anglers caught a total of 13 lake trout from fishing boats trolling on the lake; the largest lake trout measu...


International Migratory Bird Day Festival a success International Migratory Bird Day Festival a success

News from CS&KT  Natural Resources PABLO — Tribal Wildlife Management Program reports a good community turn out to celebrate the Community International Migratory Bird Day Festival held Thursday, May 23 at Salish Kootenai College’s Joe McDonald Fitness Center. There was a steady st...


Controlling invasive Whitetop requires integrated methods

Unless you haven’t been paying attention at all to flowering weeds, you have noticed the white blossoms covering pastures, rangeland, ditch banks, disturbed areas and even cropland this spring in Lake County. However attractive the blossoms are, the plant producing them is a dangerous invader to desira...


Insect chewing damage to wheat reported in western Montana

News from MSU Lake County Extension Agent Jack Stivers   MISSION VALLEY — Unusual chewing damage to both winter and spring wheat has been reported from Ravalli and Lake Counties. Samples have been sent to MSU and the source of the damage is currently unknown. The chewing damage appears as...


Spring sting: battling yellow jackets, wasps

As the season accelerates, there are increasing reports of “wasps” including yellow jackets and hornets around homes and buildings.  Yellow jackets and their close relative hornets are the most aggressive and are the ones that cause the most problems.  They can be distinguished from bee...


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