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m‘l‘fliztr \mx“ SlDNEY HERALD Agriculture ‘. ‘X‘E SUNDAY, FEB. to, 2019 7A Winter series to cantlnue with informational talks on Feb. 26 BY TIM FINE EXlENSION AGENl In the world of Exten- sion, sometimes you put programs together or you help another group put a program together and you just hope for the best in terms of atten- dance. And sometimes people come and other times, not so much. When the facility hosted the soil health workshop there were more people than chairs and tables were set up for. Conversely when the winter series workshop on cattle supplementation, water quality, and saline seeps workshop took place, there were many more seats than there were butts to sit in them. And so it goes. So now I want to invite you to the next workshop in the Eastern Montana winter series with the hopes that there will be a few more butts that come through the door this , time. On Tuesday, Feb. 26,, beginning at 1 p.m., specialists from MSU will be in Sidney to dis- cuss pulse crop diseases, alternative forages for cattle, and crop fertiliza- tion decisions. Our very own (I like to say. she’s our very own because she works at the research center here in Sidney) Frankie Crutch- er will start the program off with a discussion on pulse diseases that producers should be on the lookout for. As markets for other commodities continu- ally fluctuate, generally speaking, pulse produc- tion continues to be prof- itable. With that being said, there are disease concerns that producers who wish to incorporate pulses into their rota- tions must be concerned with. Dr. Crutcher will address this issue. Following Dr. Crutch- er’s presentation, Dr. Emily Meccage, MSU Extension’s forage specialist will discuss , opportunities that pro- ducers have for growing alternative forages. Annual crops like sudangrass, sorghum-su- dangrass, forage winter wheats, forage barleys, and millet, just to name a few, are being adopted and utilized by more producers who are look— ing to add to their forage options. Dr. Meccage has been conducting research on these alter- native forages and will discuss advantages and disadvantages of each. Rounding out the day will be Dr. Clain Jones, MSU Extension’s soil fer- tility specialist. Dr. Jones will be making the trek from Bozeman to Sidney to discuss fertilization rates for our cropping systems in eastern Mon- tana. Dr. Jones has done extensive work in this area and will have some research results to show in regards to new recom- mendations for fertiliz- ing crops. It is my hope that you can join us for these three very informative talks. Whether you pro- duce traditional crops, pulses, or cattle, there is something to be gained from attending. There is no cost to attend, the workshop will end some- where around 4 p.m., and there is no need to sign up. As always, if you have questions, you are welcome to contact me at 433-1206 or send me an. email to timothyfine@ montanaedu. Cattle producers reminded of new vaccination rules The Montana De- partment of Livestock (MDOL) is reminding producers that all sexu- ally intact female cattle and domestic bison 12 months of age and older in Beaverhead, Big Horn, Broadwater, Carbon, ' Gallatin, Jefferson, Madison, Park, Still- water, and Sweet Grass counties must be vac- cinated against brucel- losis. This includes cattle that enter these‘counties seasdhally. ‘ In October of 2018, MDOL adopted changes to Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) 32.3.436 pertaining to brucellosis vaccination. The change increased the number of counties in Montana in which brucellosis vaccination is required from four to ten. The original rule was adopted in 2010. This rule includes cattle and domestic bison born in 2018. If you reside or run cattle in any of the 10 counties and have not histori- cally vaccinated females, you should contact your . veterinarian to have females vaccinated and to discuss options for unvaccinated adult cows in your herd. b “Unvaccinated cows ’ born prior to 2018 must receive the vaccine by January of 2021. This grace period allows producers to schedule vaccination when cows are not pregnant.” said .Eric Liska, Brucellosis Program Veterinarian with MDOL; Vaccination Grain markets quiet during week BY lOUISE (PARTNER SPECTRUM COMMODITIES Grain markets Were generally quiet as they traded mostly sideways, waiting for major crop reports to be released Feb 8. The USDA will release the January crop reports along with the regularly scheduled February reports as they get caught up with data releases following the reopening of the govern- ment. . Wheat found support from a steadily rising basis for hard red winter wheat at export facilities, led by sharply higher basis at the gulf, suggest- ing that cash activity has picked up even though we don’t have the actual reports, yet. The cattle complex was mixed with live cattle holding steady while feeders were slightly lower. Cash fed markets have stalled but are holding most of the late-year gains as feed- lots continue tobattle muddy conditions in the Midwest, and extreme cold affects conversions across the northern half of the country. . Feeder cattle have struggled to get much traction on slow demand from feedlots, but cash auctions have shown good demand for lighter, l grazing type of calves. , . The Dow was higher as the quarterly reporting season shows corpo- rate earning mostly positive. The US. dollar rebounded after selling- ‘ off following the Fed’s suggestion that they may hold interest rates steady for the near term. Energies were mixed following the weekly En-. ergy Information Admin- istration report showing record U.S. crude oil production continues. antheMofirarija Depart- of pregnant animals is not recommended due to the risk of abortion. In addition to the new counties, the rule no lon- ger requires vaccination to be completed by the end of December and no longer specifies calfhood vaccination. This gives producers more options for the management of replacement heifers and allows animals to be vac- cinated as adults. For morewinformation. ment of LivéstoCk, visit“ gov. SUBMITlED Participants in the Montana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Rancher Calling on the Capitol spent time learning about the legislative process in Helena. Young farmers, ranchers talk politics learn about the Montana legislature Learning about agency work, meet- ing with legislators and watching a Senate Floor Session was all part of the Montana Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Calling on the Capitol Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Helena. The YF&R Calling on the Capitol provides a great way for Collegiate Farm Bureau students as well as active farmers/ ranchers to experience the legislative process first hand. The Montana Farm Bureau lobby- ists briefed the group on how a bill becomes law, how to work with your legislator and how to testify “It’s important to know your audi- ence and focus on a single issue,” said MFBF lobbyist Chelcie Cargill. “First, contact your legislator with an email or phone call letting them know what bill or issue you want to have input on. Be sure to use facts and figures and especially let them know how the outcome of a bill will personally affect you.” Meeting with agency personnel plays an important role in highlighting concerns about ag issues. In a morn- ing of agency meetings, Mike Atwood, Department of Natural Resources, explained land banking and how this department works to find the highest income and best use of their lands to support schools. Personnel at the De- partment of Agriculture and Depart- ment of Livestock provided a summary of what their agencies entail, includ- ing the Growth Through Agriculture Grants, promoting Montana agricul- tural products internationally, live- stock brand enforcement and preven- , * ‘ ~~ enjoyed hearing the bill Jason tion of animal diseases. ‘ ,1; 7. The group meiyyith Jason Mohr one ~. 19f.several_bill drafters at the Capitol. He explained that his job entails work— ing with legislators to develop a bill Have something new to insure? 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