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Drought pushes US beef cow herd inventory below 60 year low

The latest drought monitor (September 7, 2021) shows that 36% of the US is in drought level D2 or higher. Most of this is concentrated in the west with 80% D2 or higher and plains states at 42% D2. Wi...

 

Drought and grasshoppers take a toll on wheat and barley production

As grain farmers painfully know drought and grasshoppers across the northern and western regions of the United States has hampered small grain production. Specifically, for malt barley, Idaho barley...

 

2021 4-H and FFA Carcass Results

The carcass results from the 2021 4-H and FFA livestock show at the Phillips County Fair are complete. Carcass results are eligible to be submitted to the Steer of Merit program, sponsored by the Mont...

 
 By Marko Manoukian    News    July 7, 2021

Crop Tour Scheduled despite drought

Drought conditions and grasshopper impact have taken a toll on the small grain industry in Phillips County. However, research and variety development to take on these challenges still go on. Crop...

 
 By Marko Manoukian    News    July 7, 2021

Blister Beetles found in Phillips County

Blister beetles have been confirmed in Phillips County. The beetles have many colors, but the same shape. They can be found with stripes, black and gray (see photo). The beetles get their name by...

 
 By Marko Manoukian    News    May 5, 2021

PC Livestock Association to hold Meeting

The Phillips County Livestock Association will be holding a spring district meeting on May 7 at 2 pm at th3 First State Bank meeting room. Speakers include: Stockgrowers – Lesley Robinson Public...

 
 By Marko Manoukian    News    April 14, 2021

How Nelson Reservoir got it's name

A man named H.H. Nelson who in 1904 had property by Vandalia, between Glasgow and Hinsdale, along the Milk River, and with some other landowners from the Glasgow area formed the Lower Milk River...

 
 By Marko Manoukian    News    April 7, 2021

Drought impacts on crops and livestock discussed

While the wind has been atrocious in March the moisture was scarce. You can say that from about July of 2020 to today, total moisture is significantly low.  The drought conditions and the potential...

 
 By Marko Manoukian    News    March 24, 2021

Livestock drought mitigation meeting

The Phillips County Extension office will be hosting a drought mitigation meeting March 31 at 1 pm at the Great Northern Lodge room. Dr. Megan Van Emon, Montana State University Beef Specialist, will...

 
 By Marko Manoukian    News    March 3, 2021

Small grain variety update and variety selection tools

On March 11 at 2 pm Dr. Kent McVey, Montana State University Cropping Specialist will be discussing new varieties that are becoming available and variety selection tool pages on the internet. Dr....

 

Schumacher Livestock Day

Twenty livestock producers were able to avoid frozen livestock waterers and got their chores done in time to hear from agriculture industry specialist. "With the cold weather I knew it was going to...

 

Schumacher Memorial Livestock Day Scheduled for February 10

The annual Jim Schumacher Memorial Livestock will be held February 10, 2021 at the Pavilion. The list of programs are as follows: 10:00 am Dr. Megan Van Emon, MSU Extension Beef Specialist will discus...

 

Crop Seminar offered at the Phillips County Extension Office Jan. 21

On Thursday, January 21, at 2pm the following program will be offered. Pre-registration is required. You can participate in person at the Extension Office or remotely by Zoom. Space is limited so...

 

State Nursery has trees and Shrubs

Many farmsteads may have lost trees or shrubs in their shelterbelt in 2020. The State Nursery http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/forestry/forestry-assistance/conservation-seedling-nursery has an online...

 

MSU Extension to offer two new online programs starting in January 2021

MontGuide Mondays discussions beginning January 4, 2021 MontGuide Mondays will run 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays in January and February via WebEx. Sessions will be hosted by Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension...

 

Grasshopper outlook for 2021 is ominous

The Extension Office will be having a Grasshopper meeting in the library basement on December 8 at 12:30 pm. There is a limit of 25 people and mask will be required at the meeting. Please contact the...

 

Tester provides support but no clear path for funding St. Mary/Milk River project

On September 4 the St Mary Working Rehabilitation Working Group (SMRWG) had a conference call with Senator Tester regarding funding for the irrigation project. Tester repeatedly commented that he is...

 
 By Marko Manoukian    News    July 15, 2020

Phillips County Crop Tour starts at the Mortenson Farm next Monday

The Phillips County Crop Tours will be held beginning on Monday, July 20 at the Mortenson Farm north of Wagner starting at 5 p.m., with First State Bank hosting. Tuesday, July 21, the tour will be at...

 
 By Marko Manoukian    News    June 3, 2020

Phillips County Livestock Association to hold predator meeting

The Phillips County Livestock Association will be holding a predator control district meeting June 10 at 2 pm in the library basement. There have been many credible sightings of wolves, as many as...

 
 By Marko Manoukian    News    May 27, 2020

Collapse of drop 5 structure of the St. Mary Diversion causes water transfers to cease

On Sunday May 17, the Drop 5 structure collapsed due to its significant age of 104 years old. Since being organized in 2003 by then Lt. Governor Karl Ohs, the 16-citizen member of the St. Mary...

 
 By Marko Manoukian    News    March 25, 2020

Flax Production

Producers looking to grow flax as part of the 2020 crop year may be lured by the price per bushel, $8.25 per BU, 2020 crop brown type Harlem. However, producers should assure seed availability and a...

 
 By Marko Manoukian    News    March 4, 2020

Producers hear concerns for future of livestock industry at Jim Schumacher Memorial Livestock Day

A total of 40 producers listened to four presenters at the annual Jim Schumacher Memorial Livestock Day. Corbitt Wall discussed how the cattle market has evolved from driving herd to market and sellin...

 

Jim Schumacher Memorial Livestock Day Feb. 20

The Jim Schumacher Memorial Livestock Day will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2020 in the Great Northern Lodgeroom. Program will start with the lunch sponsored by the Malta Chamber Commerce and...

 

AWR sues to stop flow of St. Mary water for Bull Trout

At the last St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group meeting it was discussed that the Alliance for the Wild Rockies on October 1, 2019 announced a 60-day notice of intent to sue federal agencies over...

 
 By Marko Manoukian    News    July 31, 2019

Extension Beef Specialist meeting August 7

Dr. Carla Sanford, Montana State University Extension Beef Specialist will be in Malta at 4 p.m. in the library basement to discuss Artificial Insemination (AI). Dr. Sanford is the new Extension Beef...

 

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