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 By Marko Manoukian    News    May 4, 2022

P.C. Livestock Association Meeting on May 13

The Phillips County Livestock Association will be holding its spring meeting on May 13 at 2 pm at the First State Bank. One of the agenda items will be the formation of a Predator District. With...

 
 By Marko Manoukian    News    March 9, 2022

Phillips County lost 25,000 Breeding Cows and Heifers in 2021

January 1 USDA NASS reports Montana down 90,000 head of cows and heifers that have calved. The January 1, 2022, report for the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) shows Montana has lost...

 

Grasshopper forecast, a slight improvement

Grasshopper outlook 2022 Unfortunately for most of Montana, the grasshopper outlook is only slightly better than 2021. The Rangeland Grasshopper outlook is developed through surveys of adult...

 

Skyrocketing fertilizer cost up 100 percent or more than in 2020

For many agriculture producers an increase in fertilize cost after a year of drought, the fourth largest in the state’s history is like rubbing “salt in a wound”. Many outlets are reporting the...

 

2022 Jim Schumacher Memorial Livestock Day to be held at the Great Northern Hotel

A good set of speakers lined up for the Annual Jim Schumacher Memorial Livestock day January 27, 2022 at the Great Northern Hotel. Below is a short description of the topic and speaker. 10 am: United...

 

Considerations for ag producers as drought persists

As the dry November closes here are some considerations for agricultural producers. Dormant dryland seeding of perennial grass and forbs should not be planted with our current conditions. While the...

 

After 18 years of meetings, St. Mary/Milk River project receives large appropriation

On November 18, 2003, Lt. Governor Karl Ohs convened a meeting in Havre, Montana, to raise awareness of the urgent need to rehabilitate the aging St. Mary Facilities of the Milk River Project. On...

 

After 18 years of meetings, St. Mary/Milk River project receives large appropriation

On November 18, 2003, Lt. Governor Karl Ohs convened a meeting in Havre, Montana, to raise awareness of the urgent need to rehabilitate the aging St. Mary Facilities of the Milk River Project. On Nove...

 

St. Mary irrigation project strikes out again on funding

The St. Mary/Milk River irrigation project struck out on another federal funding opportunity. The America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding that came from the Federal government to the state of Montana...

 

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...

 

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