Montana State University Extension will host the annual cropping seminar series January 12-15 in Fort Benton, Chester, Shelby, Cut Bank, Choteau, Conrad, Stanford, and Great Falls.  Speakers at each location will feature Kent McVay, Ron Larsen, and Dr. Reddy.

Kent McVay (MSU)

Kent McVay leads the Cropping Systems research at the Southern Ag Research Center at Huntley, and will be discussing crop rotations and crop choices for dryland production.  In addition, McVay will discuss nitrogen management for wheat and barley, along with advantages and challenges of single and multi-specie cover crops.

Ron Larson (MSU)

Ron Larsen, manager of the Montana Seed Growers Association, will discuss how certified seed can reduce disease and weed pressures, and the basics of determining a seeding rate, calculating germination rates, and reading a seed label.

Dr. Gadi VP Reddy

Dr. Gadi Reddy, superintendent of the Western Triangle Ag Research Center and associate professor of entomology/insect ecology will share his research on biological control strategies of the wheat stem sawfly utilizing parasitic nematodes and fungal pathogens. Dr. Reddy will also cover research projects in wireworm management.

Lastly, there will be cereal variety trial updates at each location from each region’s researcher.

Peggy Lamb

Peggy Lamb, agronomy research scientist at Northern Ag Research Center in Havre, will speak in Great Falls, Fort Benton, and Chester.


Dave Wichman

Dave Wichman, superintendent and agronomist at the Central Ag Research Center at Moccasin, will give updates in Fort Benton, Great Falls, and Stanford.

John Miller

John Miller, agronomy research associate at the Western Triangle Ag Research Center near Conrad, will cover talks in Shelby, Cut Bank, Conrad, and Choteau.

Three private or commercial pesticide applicator credits will be available for attendees. No pre-registration is required, there is no charge, and all producers are encouraged to attend. All morning seminars begin at 9 a.m., with registration at 8:30 a.m., and the seminar should conclude by 3 p.m.

Dates, locations, and contact numbers for each Cropping Seminar are listed below.

  • January 12: Fort Benton, Ag Center, 1205 20th Street, Tyler Lane, 622-3751
    Chester, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, located at 10 E. Madison Ave., Jesse Fulbright, 759-5625
  • January 13: Shelby, Comfort Inn Conference Room, Joe Parks, 424-8350
    Cut Bank, Courthouse Annex, 1210 East Main, Kari Lewis, 873-2239
  • January 14: Choteau, Stage Stop Inn, 1005 North Main Ave., Travis Standley, 466-2491
    Conrad, Pondera Shooting Sports Complex, 972 Granite Rd., Erik Seilstad, 271-4054
  • January 15: Stanford City Hall, Darren Crawford, 535-3919
    Great Falls, Family Living Center, Fairgrounds, Rose Malisani, 454-6980 ext. 305

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