MSU’s Northwestern Agricultural Research Center in Kalispell will host a crop update event, set for 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kalispell. Private and public pesticide applicator and certified crop adviser credits will be available upon completion of the workshop.
MSU faculty will share presentations about a variety of subjects. Bruce Maxwell, professor and director of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, will present research on climate change affecting Montana agriculture. Jessica Torrion, assistant professor of crop physiology and NWARC interim superintendent, will discuss pea, lentil, faba and soybean variety trials; performance of alfalfa dormancy groups and varieties with irrigation; and the importance of knowing the target population density in wheat. Prashant Jha, professor with the Southern Agricultural Research Center, will share research on managing Montana weeds. Clain Jones, MSU professor and Extension soil fertility specialist, will discuss causes and solutions of soil acidification. Carr will discuss rotational and other benefits of including annual forages in western Montana. Markus Braaten, NWARC advisory committee member and canola crop manager for the agribusiness Yara, will host a question and answer hour.
The event is free and open to the public and lunch is provided, though registration is required. To RSVP by Jan. 9, call the NWARC at 406-755-4303.