Montana State Features Pest Fighter on 2014 Calendar

Good, bad & ugly get treatment in wheat foe photos.

Published on: Jan 16, 2014

Get your free wheat pest calendar for 2014 from Montana State University and you can hang your favorite crop threats on the wall.

Available from MSU and MSU Extension offices is "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," 12 months of wheat  pest tips from experts like Montana State pesticide education specialist Cecil Tharp, who just happens to be the cover model as he poses with a noxious weed in his mouth and control tools in his hands.

The "good" elements featured in January, April, July and October include MSU Schutter Diagnostic Lab which processes more than 2,000 samples every year to identify diseases, insects, plants and mushrooms.

Among the "bad," the focus of February, May, August and November, is the evolution of ag pests to survive control measures.

Montana State U  pesticide specialist Cecil Tharp is featured on the cover of a new wheat pest calendar  available for free.
Montana State U pesticide specialist Cecil Tharp is featured on the cover of a new wheat pest calendar available for free.

And the "ugly," in the remaining monthly pages, are improper pesticide use and herbicide resistance.

"The management of pest can be a daunting task, complicated by multiple management options, a wide variety of pests, complicated safety issues and revenue losses," explains Tharp. "The calendar was a parody of the "Good, Bad and Ugly" movie starring Clint Eastwood because pest managers are in a showdown that they need to be prepared for through education and good management decisions."

Each month in the calendar contains colorful photos of subjects that include MSU students and staff, noxious weeds, insect pests, sheep, Montana fields, and MSU research centers.

A memorable year, 2014 is the 100-year-anniversary of the creation of the national Cooperative Extension Service system.

In addition to other significant dates, the calendar notes that the Eastwood spaghetti western premiered in theaters in Italy, where it was filmed, on Dec. 15, 1966 and in Dec. 23 in U.S. theaters.

The calendar project was spearheaded by MSU Extension Plant Pathology Specialist Mary Burrows and produced by MSU faculty and staff with a grant from the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee.

To view the calendar click here. Call Burrows at (406) 994-7766, or email here at mburrows@montana.edu to get a copy.