It isn't every day a farmer has the chance to review the latest information in his industry by going back to school, but Montana State University is changing all that with its Jan. 2-3 Crop and Pest Management School.
The Bozeman campus sessions are important updates for farmers, who can register for the classes online.
Daren Miller, Iowa State University editor of "Fungicides for Field Crops" published last year by the American Phytopathological Society, will keynote the event.
If you are interested in panel discussions, there will be a group probing the potential of corn as a crop for Montana, a query which has come up among producers of late.
Eleven MSU staffers from four departments are set to offer talks on weeds, diseases, insects, nutrient management, and pollinator safety – a topic which has triggered high concern in recent months.
Enrollment for these classes is limited, and producers are urged to register as soon as possible. They will pay a $195 fee for workshop supplies, morning and afternoon refreshments, parking and a Colombo pizza dinner.
If you need crop consulting credits, this meeting provides them, providing points for private, commercial, government and pesticide applicators.
The program for the school includes the following:
•Weed management update with Ed Davis
•Current and future challenges in cheatgrass management with Fabian Menalled and Jane Mangold
•Fungicide resistance with Daren Mueller
•Research and educational needs of ag with Menalled
•Cover crops with Perry Miller
•Crop rotation with Kent McVay
•Montana seed potato industry with Barry Jacobsen
•Insect update with Kevin Wanner
•Entomology research with Gadi Reddy
•Pollinator safety with Cecil Tharp
•Corn production potential with Michelle Erikson
•Panel on corn production potential
•Forage nutrient management with Clain Jones.