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IPM Isn’t Just for Farmers

Integrated Pest Management is a crucial part of farming and ranching, but even if your "spread" consists of a few square feet of yard in town, there are things you need to know. The Montana State University Extension Service issues a regular Urban IPM Newsletter that you can receiv

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One Sweet Ag Workshop

On Monday's (April 16) Extension Minute, Toole Co Agent Alice Burchak shared the following information about a beekeeping workshop the MSU Extension Service will be hosting in Cut Bank on Saturday, April 28:

Honey bees pollinate a third of the food that we eat. However, in the past six years the annual die-off of honeybees has become increasingly alarming. The phenomenon is known as colony collapse disorder (CCD). Research has not pinned down the reason for CCD. Many scientists think it is an accumulation of multiple reasons such as disease, pesticides, and harmful mites that have emigrated from Asia. To counteract the effects of CCD more people are encouraged to keep their own bees.

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MSU Ag Alert: Beware the Bare Patch

 It is estimated by one of the chemical companies that approximately 1 million acres in Montana didn’t get sprayed for cheatgrass last fall due to the dry conditions. This poses a significant challenge this spring, disease-wise. Here is some info on Rhizoctonia root rot (bare patch) -

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MSU to Host Rural Communities Conference

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