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2B WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2016 Harvest SIDNEY HERALD BY TIM FINE EXIENSION AGENT The 2016 harvest season was once again a fairly safe and successful one, which should be ap- plauded. I know of a few accidents that occurred but nothing major so every year that we can get by without having any major injuries, I consider harvest season a success. The small grain harvest kicked off the season well. On a somewhat related note, I have been setting traps for the orange blos- som wheat midge for the past three years and every year I have at least one or two fields with large amounts of midge in the traps. However, up to this point, the large midge counts have not correlated to a significant reduction in yield which has been a pleasant surprise. There are a few theories as to why this is (the midge emergence doesn't time well with the development of the crop or there are beneficial insects en masse as well) but thankfully we apparently dodged the bul- let again this year. In general, yields for our small grains were very good, so good in fact that some producers had to find various methods to store the crop. We did have some issues with wheat streak mosaic virus (winter wheat producers please be "Our recent string of nice days has really helped out in regards to corn and Sugar Beets Acreage, Yield, and Production by Counties and Districts, 2014-2015 County 2014 2015 and Planted Harvested Yield Production Planted Harvested Yield Production District Acres Acres Tons Tons Acres Acres Tons Tons Dawson 2,200 2,100 29.7 62,400 2,300 2,300 33.3 76,600 Richland 11,900 11,700 31.4 367,000 13,100 13,000 33.1 430,000 Roosevelt 2,200 2,200 28.0 61,600 1,900 1,900 30.2 57,400 NORTHEAST 16,300 16,000 30.7 491,000 17,300 17,200 32.8 564,000 Big Horn 9,200 9,100 33.8 308,000 8,600 8,600 32.7 281,000 Carbon 3,800 3,800 31.8 121,000 3,300 3,300 32.7 108,000 Treasure 3,400 3,400 36.5 124,000 2,700 2,700 37.8 102,000 Yellowstone . 7,500 7,500 32.7 245,000 7,300 7,200 32.1 231,000 SOUTH CENTRAL 23,900 23,800 33.5 798,000 21,900 21,800 33.1 722,000 Prairie Rosebud Other U SOUTHEAST MONTANA 1/Counties with no 2,500 2,400 4,900 2,300 2,300 4,600 29.6 33.5 31.5 68,000 77,000 145,000 2,600 2,200 4,800 2,500 2,200 4,700 34.6 31.6 33.2 45,100 44,400 32.3 1,434,000 44,000 43,700 acres p[anted or counties that are combined Into ~other" counties/districts to avoid disclosure of individual information. -- Not available. 33.0 86,400 69,600 156,000 1,442,000 soybean harvest.' weed pressure issues init always amazes me to see while I do not have yield a much more grim refiec- our pulse (beans, peas,the community support results, I would assumetion on the harvest season. chickpeas and lentils) our beet harvesters getthat yields were prettyIt is no secret that most Tim Fine crops it seems that these when it's time to harvest, good. The soybean crop, in of the commodities listed Extension agent issues were more preva-It is almost like things particular may have been above were selling for less lent in counties to thecome to a stand-still until better if not for the canal than ideal prices out of north and west of us. As beet harvest is over and breach but it still seemed the field. If there is ever a aware) but even that didn't such, pulse crop harvest this year, even though to rebound fairly well.testament to our producers seem to cause major yield seemed to be above aver- it seemed to drag on for This article is always true resiliency, this year is reductions overall, age for the county as well. awhile,'people were still written from my perspec- probably it. I will be interested to see Sugar beet harvest is upbeat (for the most part) tive, however, and evenThank you again, Rich- just exactly how much our well documented in the throughout the harvest,though yield and weather land County ag produc- pulse crop acreage in-area so I don't really have Our recent string of nice reports show that harvest ers for all that you do to creased this year. This was to elaborate on that. But I days has really helped out was a good one in Richland keep food on our tables primarily (in my opinion) would like to point out that in regards to corn and soy- County, if you talk to our and clothes on our backs. driven by economics but it truly was amazing to see bean harvest. There aren't producers who look at I appreciate your efforts not entirely. While there the community rally to get many fields with these the financial side as well, and the sacrifices that you were some disease and the canal breach fixed and crops still in them andthey probably would have make. BY STEVE BULLOCK GOVERNOR Montana farms and ranches espe- cially family farms are the backbone of Montana. They're economic drivers for our state and a crucial part of the fabric of our rural communities. As Montanans, we're proud of our dynamic agriculture industry and the Sidney area is a major contributor to that success: Richland and other nearby counties have been leaders in the grow- ing diversity of commodities produced in Montana. The northeast part of the state provides significant quantities of durum, with yield and total production exceeding last year. Livestock revenue is very strong and will also exceed a billion dollars. When producer revenue from other cereal crops, other livestock products, pulse and bean crops, oil seed crops, sugar beets, hay and other commodities are added together, Montana's total agriculture revenue earned by producers may exceed $4 billion for the first time. This revenue provides an economic foundation for Montana's small towns and larger cities, and for Montana as a whole. Each growing season encounters dif- ficulties that producers must overcome. Montana was very dry this spring and it looked like it would be a disastrous peas arid lentils, sugar beets, malting ............ year until it started to rain, just in time. rea m: mUwn Sea Producers anticipated and many realized Y production will ex e .o.n biliiO / Ollars .: a haryestwitt : xcellentproduction,.: ,o how- ever Montana also had one of the worst hail seasons in history which severely . impacted some individual producers. Consumers in Montana and around the world are thankful for the long hours that our farmers and ranchers work and for the enormous risks they take to put food on the table for all of us. It is great that our wheat and beef producers continue to produce top quality products; however it is even more exciting to see the strong effort to diversify into other commodities and value added products. It is no wonder that we have more young people choosing a career in agriculture each year. We must all continue to work on issues that will allow Montana's agriculture to prosper. A five-year farm bill with an adequate safety net must be enacted. Re- search dollars are needed for Montana's growing agricultural diversity with an emphasis placed on the needs of produc- ers. Transportation rates and service in Montana must encourage the production of new commodities and value added products rather than hinder their devel- opment. Montana agriculture needs to expand processing capabilities in the state. Our Food and Ag Development Centers and Growth Through Agriculture Program can act as a catalyst for future processing. A strong partnership between pro- ducers and consumers, and everyone in between, will allow our agriculture industry to create more jobs, contribute to enhanced educational efforts, and work with state government to insure that it continues to become more effective and efficient. 201 West Holly Street, Sidney, MT 406-482-2704 18 East 2nd St., Culbertson, MT 406-787-5890 FEDERAL CREDIT UNION XN LV300864 RM