Focus on Small Grains

BOZEMAN – Montana State University will host its annual Crop and Pest Management School set for Jan. 14 – 16 in MSU’s Strand Union in Ballroom D.

MSU Extension, the MSU College of Agriculture and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station will host the two-and-a-half-day workshop, which will focus on crop and pest management in small grains, including presentations on agronomy, MSU crop breeding program updates, integrated weed management, entomology and plant pathology.

The workshop is geared toward producers, certified crop advisers, county agents and those working in agribusiness.

Upon completion of the workshop, credits will be available for private and commercial applicators and certified crop advisers.

This is the 16th year MSU has offered the workshop, which attracts a diverse and high-quality roster of speakers that includes producers, industry, government, and academic agriculturists. This year’s guest presenters are Lyle Benjamin, Montana Grain Growers Association president, who will provide an overview of the small grains industry in Montana and Juliet Marshall, a plant pathologist at the University of Idaho, who will give an update on cereal diseases.

In addition to Benjamin, MSU speakers on Monday, Jan. 14 include:

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, speakers include:

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, Frankie Crutcher, assistant professor at MSU’s Eastern Agricultural Research Center, will deliver research highlights on small grains and pathology.

The cost for the workshop is $195. The deadline to register is Monday, Jan. 7. The full workshop schedule, a printable mail-in registration form, and a link to an online credit card registration page can be found at:  http://plantsciences.montana.edu/labs.html.

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