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MSU agronomy farm’s July 7 field day to focus on latest agriculture research

June 19, 2017 -- MSU News Service

MSU's Arthur H. Post Agronomy teaching and research farm will host a field day on July 7. Pulse crop breeding and fertility are among the topics to be discussed. Shown is a photo of pea, which is used as a pulse crop by some Montana growers. MSU photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez.

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BOZEMAN - The Montana State University College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station invite the public to a field day at the Arthur H. Post Agronomy teaching and research farm five miles west of Bozeman. The event is set from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, July 7.

The annual field day provides a time for the public to learn about MSU’s farm research work that has a statewide and regional impact spanning cropping systems, insect pests and disease, soils, herbicides and pesticides, climate, wheat and barley breeding programs and weeds.

“We like to think of this day as a Montana Ag Live episode on steroids, but in person,” said Jeff Todd, Post Farm foreman. “It’s an important day for MSU agriculture because it’s a chance for our faculty to share applied research that’s tailored to Montana’s agricultural industry. It’s also a day to connect with our agricultural producers in southwest Montana so they can give feedback, share production highlights and challenges and interact with our faculty specialists.”

The field day will include two farm tours with presentations from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. Presentation topics will include sustainable cropping systems, pulse crop breeding, pulse crop fertility,  plant diseases, cereal grain diseases, pesticides and herbicides, revegetation, pest mitigation, fertility impact on malt barley and a pit tour of soils.

Following the tours, the MSU College of Agriculture will host a lunch from noon-1:15 p.m. Lunch will include a short presentation on best farm-safety practices. Also during lunch, the public will be able to ask questions about the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency loans and program at a manned booth. From 1:15-3:30 p.m., MSU agricultural faculty and Extension specialists will provide brief talks on topics including hay storage, pests and pesticides.

“The Post Farm is a functional, working farm that includes students, staff and faculty who are conducting research on a national scale and making sure the research provides a meaningful application to Montana agriculture with a focus on the unique needs of southwest Montana producers,” said Barry Jacobsen, associate director of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station. “Our commitment to, and delivery of, the land-grant mission is alive and well at our university research centers and farms across Montana. Field days are an opportunity for MSU to share that with the people with whom we work closest with: Montana agricultural producers.”

The Post Farm is managed by the College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, whose mission is to conduct agricultural research meeting old and new challenges of Montana producers. The experiment station includes seven research stations strategically located across the state, and the Post Farm is one of 12 active teaching and research farms affiliated with MSU. In 2015, the Post Farm was ranked as one of the top 40 best college farms in the nation, for its national research profile and student involvement, according to College Ranker.

For more information on the MSU Farms Field Day, call 586-6819. RSVPs for the day are encouraged. To RSVP, visit: http://bit.ly/2l4RzCY

 For more information about the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, visit http://agresearch.montana.edu/maes.html. For more information about the station’s research centers, visit http://agresearch.montana.edu/researchcenters.html.

 

Contact: Dave Gettel, dave.gettel@montana.edu, (406) 586-6819