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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...

 
 By Marko Manoukian    News    July 10, 2019

Crop Tour set for July 15 in Phillips

This year’s crop tour will be stating July 15, at the Lumsden farm south of Loring. This plot is managed by MSU Northern Research Center and Agronomist Peggy Lamb. In addition, Dr. Alan Dyer, MSU...

 
 By Marko Manoukian    News    June 12, 2019

Trees responding to tough winter

As residents may be seeing, some trees are just now leafing out. However, others may have died over the winter. It appears the cold temperatures in February has killed some trees or tree limbs. The...

 
 By Marko Manoukian    News    April 3, 2019

Winter takes its toll on livestock and dairy production

While many producers in our region battled record cold and snow, for the most part livestock survived the record-breaking weather of February 2019. The same can not be said for dairy and livestock...

 

Annual Jim Schumacher Memorial Livestock Day on February 1

The annual Jim Schumacher Memorial Livestock Day will be held Friday, February 1 starting at 11:00 a.m. at the Great Northern Lodge room. The Malta Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture will be...

 

Agriculture Remains Montana's Number One Industry in 2017

A comparison of selected Montana industries shows Agriculture continues to outpace all other industry sectors, although most all sectors saw an increase in activity, agriculture decreased in 2017. The...

 

Candidates discuss funding crumbling St. Mary/Milk River infrastructure

St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group (SMRWG) held a federal candidate forum by telephone for their October 10, 2018 meeting at Havre City Hall. All four candidates, Kathleen Williams, Matt...

 
 By Marko Manoukian    News    July 25, 2018

Management of cows and calves during drought

Most all livestock producers have had weather challenges from feeding cows when it is 50 below this last winter to the challenges of no rain in May and only half of June providing some precipitation....

 
 By Marko Manoukian    News    June 13, 2018

Holy Spurge…where did that come from?

Several people have asked me why Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia esula) has made such a big comeback from their efforts to manage the noxious weed. Their concern is justified looking at the amount of spurge...

 
 By Marko Manoukian    News    June 6, 2018

Flooded alfalfa can be replaced with warm season forage options

For agricultural producers who have lost perennial forage, like alfalfa due to flooding, warm season annual forage can be used to replace hay losses. North Dakota State University Extension Agronomist...

 

Schumacher Memorial Livestock Day Recap

Over 30 producers attended the annual Jim Schumacher Memorial Livestock Day on January 24, 2018. The first presentation was by Dr. Jeffery Hall, Professor at Utah State University Common. Dr. Hall is...

 

Interest cost on National Debt impacting investment in infrastructure including irrigation

The St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group (SMRWG) met on January 30, 2018, to discuss the rehabilitation of the 100-year-old irrigation project. Lt. Governor Mike Cooney Co-Chair presided over the...

 

Pulse Production Workshop January 31

The Phillips County Extension Office will host a pulse (peas and lentil) production workshop on Wednesday, January 31. The workshop will start at 11 a.m. at the Great Northern with lunch provided....

 

Should I plant winter wheat?

Should I plant winter wheat? In talking with Montana State University Extension's Cropping Systems Specialist, Dr. Kent McVay, I asked about planting winter wheat. If recent moisture was an inch, that... Full story

 

Successful small grain planning

As producers move further into small grain harvest the chance of cutting a grain crop that has a light test weight is highly probable. If you are considering saving some seed to plant in 2018 it will be necessary to test these grain lots for purity,...

 

St. Mary Tour Focuses on Aging Infrastructure

On August 14 and 15, the St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group toured the United States side of the St. Mary/Milk River Irrigation Project as well as the Canadian side of the St. Mary Project. The...

 

Water quality and forage availability focus of drought meeting

Twenty-five livestock producers attended the MSU Extension livestock management during drought meeting on Monday, August 21. Dr. Rachel Endecott, MSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist discussed water...

 

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