For many Montanans, May means it's time to get down to some serious gardening. Before you stock up on soil boosters, fertilizers and pesticides, take a few minutes to read the latest Ag Alert from MSU Extension Pesticide Education Specialist Cecil Tharp:

"Many pesticides which target broad leaf weeds may also damage sensitive broad leaf plants when accidentally introduced within compost, grass-clipping or manure. MSU Schutter Diagnostics has reported approximately 103 samples of non-target plant toxicity in gardens across Montana from 2009 – 2011, with approximately 79% of these reports likely linked to introduced soil amendments. "

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