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41B sUNDAY, JuL 4, oo4 Field Day BY FRED MILLER 61DNEY HERALD Because of the Montmla State University Eastern Agricultur- al Research Center, a young man from the Richland County area is able to work in the spe- cialized scientific research area of his choice and not have to move far away to do it. Tyler Tjelde, 24, attended high school in Fairview and graduated in the spring of 2003 from North Dakota State Uni- versity with a bachelor's de- gree in crop and weed science. He has worked at the ag re- search center north of Sidney for about a year. Tjelde's youth on a farm in Cartwright, N.D., and a life- long interest in science con- vinced him agricultural re- search was the job for him. He's now a research assistant in the lab. The job makes him feel right at home, Tjelde says, but being near his home We repair and refinish big tracto little tractors & trailers too! • All makes & models • Computerized estimating -Computerized paint mixing • PPG lifetime paint warranty • Secured indoor vehicle storage 1st Choice believes that quality and service are always the first and last thing a customer remembers, Hwy 16 NW, Sidney 433-2277 (CARS) 24 480-1175 Gary & Jackie Washechek makes him feel even more at home. "I just had my mind set on coming back to the area," 'Fielde said. When he first st arted work- ing at the lab, Tjelde said it was mostly for the learning ex- perience, but since then he's been given more research re- sponsibilities. One of his main tasks is to test alfalfa in vary- ing stages of its growth to de- termine its "relative feed val- tie," or its nutritional value for livestock. The facility publish- es an annual research report to educate ranchers and farm- ers about their grain and feed decisions. "People who buy hay want to know the relative feed value and what quality of hay they're getting," Tjelde said. Some of Tjelde's other re- sponsibilities include check- ing moisture content in the lab's crop field as well as test- ing the soil for leaching Of pes- ticides and other chemicals. He mainly works with alfalfa, but some of his co-workers specialize in safflower, sun- flower and other plants that are used to produce vegetable oil. Tjetde assists scientists in the lab, like Charles Flynn, in researching the crops to deter- mine how much fat is in them. Flynn explained saturated fat is less healthy fi)r consump- tion than other kinds of fats. Montana State University in Bozeman relies on research from the USDA to determine how much fat is found in crops as well as meat from livestock. The USDA's work leads to dis- coveries that can help lower saturated fat content, he said. "If you're going to have fat, you might as well make it healthier," Flynn said. The lab has provided an op- portunity for other young peo- ple to work in agricultural sci- ence, Flynn said. The facility needs people every summer to help tend the fields. The work involves weeding and harvest- ing, he said, and young people with an interest in science are ideal for the jobs. It's hard work, he said, but the work can provide valuable experience. Tjetde said he looks forward to continuing his work at the center, and he plans to earn a master's degree. Tyler Tjelde, who began working at the agricultural research center chine used to determine fiber content in crops. in Sidney after college, FRED MILLEI; stands next to II help you plan a successful year. For equipment loans, ag real estate, line-of-credit loans -- all your ag lending needs, give us a call today. WESTEI:IN COOPERATIVE CREDIT UNION We betong.. you: MAIN UNION: ~RVICES: www.wccu.org insurance 710 W. Holly, 482-1544 All Major Credit Cards Accepted: Windshield replacement & repair. Judy's at the Elks v, S/dney Phone: 406-433-6010 or I I III THE NEXT GENERATION 815 3rd Street N.E., Sidney, MT 59270 • 482-5251 I Rod Prewitt, Chentz Prewitt Yore Larson I IMike mTim 4o6-482,5251 --'4o6-482..2213 ' --40@-482-9040 --4o8-482.4115 Mobile: 480-2555 Handheld: 480-2222 Mobile: 480-2444 Mobile: 480-2333 Handheld: 480-2777 Handheld: 480-2888 Handheld: 480-2666 , I I Ill I I *Reunions *Company Parties *Wedding Rehearsals *Reception *Graduations *Picnics We will c to any suitable location. / I CARDTROL SYSTEM 24 HOUR FUEL your access card or major credit card. 901 3rd St: N.E. Sidney • 433-4376 To protect your equipment and your livelihood, rely on premium Shell oils and fluids: ROTELLA® T Multigrade Motor Oils, SPIRAX® HD Gear Oils, RETINAX® HD Greases, DONAX® TD Transmission Fluids and SHELLZONE® All-Season Antifreeze. So you can stay out of the shop and in the fields. Washed rock and sand, concrete, gravel and dirt Phone: 433-1572 • After Hours Phone: