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MSU Extension experts will answer questions at farmer's market in Bozeman

June 26, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – The farmer’s market season is now in full swing and Montana State University Extension specialists will have a booth at the Gallatin Valley Farmers Market at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds on Saturday, where they will answer questions about weeds, insects, diseases and other general yard and garden issues.

Hilary Parkinson, plant identification diagnostician in the Schutter Diagnostic lab, and Linnea Skoglund, plant disease diagnostician, will host the booth. They will assist with plant and disease identification and answer questions pertaining to weed issues and plant disease. The specialists will also provide free MSU Extension factsheets and MontGuides on weed identification and control and plant diseases.

“People are encouraged to bring a good plant sample to the booth for diagnosis or identification,” said Toby Day, Extension horticulturist and Master Gardener coordinator. “If you want to know what plant is invading your garden, pasture or cropland, or what appears to be plaguing your garden plants, bring a good picture or sample. A good sample includes the entire plant, roots wrapped in a dampened paper towel, stem, leaves and flowers in a plastic bag.”

The Gallatin County Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m. through noon on Saturdays through Sept. 8. There is no market on July 20.

For more information about the MSU Extension Specialist Farmers Market booth, contact Day at (406) 994-6523 or

Contact: Toby Day (406) 994-6523 or