Summer is the time for field days and most of them in our area have passed but there are still a couple more coming up that I would like to let you know about.

On July 16, the Eastern Ag Research Center (EARC) will hold their annual irrigation field day. This will take place here at the Extension/EARC building and will begin at 9 a.m. Some of the tour stops (I don’t have room to place everything in here) include a look at pulse diseases, the hemp study, sugar beet research, a weed update and much more. I am sure there will be more details forthcoming in regards to this field day. One private and commercial (most categories) pesticide applicator credit has been approved for this field day. A catered lunch will be provided for all attendees.

July 18 is the date for the annual Swank Farm Tour. For those unfamiliar with this tour, the Swank Farm has hosted off-station research for the EARC for many years. This farm is located north and west of Froid. Topics at the Swank Tour include; a review of the variety trials being conducted on the farm, and two talks on the issue of soil acidity in Eastern Montana and what we are seeing. This tour begins at 5 p.m. and includes a steak supper. One private and commercial (most categories) pesticide applicator credit has been approved for this tour as well.

To wrap up our field days in Northeastern Montana, the Richland County Conservation District, Richland County NRCS Office, and the Richland County Extension Office will host an in-the-field tour of a demonstration project focused on grazing cover crops and corn through the winter in an effort to reduce the need for hay. This tour will be held at the farm/ranch of Marlin Johnston which is three miles west of Richey on Route 254. Topics for this tour will include a discussion on grazing corn for winter feed, determining paddock sizes based on grazing days, tips for electric fencing, and an update on hard-to-control weeds such as horseweed and narrowleaf hawksbeard. This tour will begin at 9 a.m. and lunch will be provided for attendees. Private and commercial pesticide applicator credits have been applied for and a determination in regards to how many credits will be awarded has not been made yet.

So, as you can see there is plenty to do in the coming weeks. As always, if you have questions about any of these, you are welcome to contact me at 433-1206 or via email at timothy.fine@montana.edu.

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