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Announcements and Upcoming Events

June 3rd & July 8th

10:00am - 3:00pm

Plastic Pesticide Container recycling in Fort Benton at the Transfer Station.

Palmer Amaranth

New Population of Palmer Amaranth Detected in Montana: Be on the Lookout for Palmer Amaranth and Waterhemp this Fall.  Please contact our office if you suspect you have spotted any Palmer Amaranth. 

MSU MontGuides

MSU Extension Services has a variety of MontGuides and other helpful publications on a broad range of topics from agriculture to raising a family.  If you don't see what you are looking for on our website, there's a good chance that you may find it on the MSU Extension website. 

Articles and Useful Links

Montana Noxious Weed Information

Data on noxious weeds found in Montana.

Maintenance, Cleaning and Storage of Ground Sprayers

Proper storage and cleaning techniques can add years to the life of spraying equipment. This fact sheet offers tips for preparing pesticide spraying equipment to be stored for the winter, including a list of which cleaning agents are most effective for various pesticides.

Montana Prescribed Burning Rules and Regulations

Fire can be a useful tool for producers, and it can improve forage quality for the first growing season following a fire to aid in reducing invasive species and improving range conditions. However, there are rules and regulations that must be followed when conducting a prescribed burn. In all prescribed burns, authorities should be contacted and weather conditions, such as relative humidity and wind speed, should be monitored closely.

Kochia and Russian Thistle

Kochia (Kochia scoparia or also Bassia scoparia) and Russian thistle (Salsola kali) are the most problematic broadleaf weeds in Montana cropping systems. Over the last 70 years, but especially after the transition to no-till, these weeds have been managed using herbicides, however evolved herbicide resistance is making management harder. 


Preventing the spread of waterhemp in Montana is a high priority. This guide provides information on waterhemp identification, why it’s problematic, and what actions to take if you suspect you have found it.

Pesticide Education Program

MSU Pesticide Education Program link.

Pale Western and Army Cutworms in Montana

Describes the life cycle of the two cutworms, how to identify, monitoring adults and larvae, damage caused by them, and how to decide between control options: chemical, cultural management and biological control.

Biology and the Impact of Mosquitoes in Montana

Mosquitoes are serious nuisance pests due to their persistent biting behavior and are responsible for affecting the health and well-being of humans, companion animals, livestock and wildlife.

Personal Protective Equipment for Pesticide Applicators

The purpose of this publication is to instruct pesticide applicators to use proper PPE, including how to read the product label, understand chemically-resistant materials
and types of PPE, how to clean PPE, and best practices to reduce exposure.

Black Henbane: Identification, Biology and Integrated Management

This MontGuide describes black henbane's biological and ecological characteristics. It also provides mechanical, cultural and chemical management options to control this species.

Poison Hemlock

Poison hemlock is a toxic weedy plant in the parsley or carrot family that occurs where moisture is adequate and disturbance is frequent. Proper identification and management can help to prevent poisoning of livestock, wildlife, pets, and even humans.

Herbicide Labels and MSDS

This link provides useful information regarding herbicides including the MSDS.

2024 Monthly Weed Posts

May 2024

WITCHGRASS  (Panicum capillare) was very conspicuous across Montana later in the growing season of 2023 and garnered a lot of comments and questions. Witchgrass is an annual warm season grass that is native to most all temperate North America, including Montana. 

April 2024

Mediterranean sage (Salvia aethiopis L.), or “Med sage,” is a unique invasive weed in the mint family. What is not unique about Med sage is that it shares the native range of Eurasia with numerous invasive weeds in western North America. 

March 2024

Kill weeds, not trees

February 2024

Update on Palmer amaranth and waterhemp in Montana

January 2024 (pdf)

To DIY or Not to DIY: Why Use Registered Herbicide Products?                                         


2023 Monthly Weed Posts


January 2023

Revegetation Guidelines: Considering Invasive and Noxious Weeds  Revegetation, the intentional planting of desired species, is an important component of integrated weed management. Weed control without revegetation can be short-lived if desired plants are not available to occupy open spaces created after weeds are killed. 

February 2023

Schutter Diagnostic Lab: 2022 Plant Identification Updates.

March 2023

Noxious or Native?  Leafy spurge (Euphoriba esula) and Western gromwell (Lithospermum ruderale).

April 2023

Common Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum)

May 2023

Ventenata dubia (pdf)

June 2023

Grass Identification Basics is the June Monthly Weed Post.  There are many reasons to learn to identify grasses, but it can be challenging because different species look similar to one another at first glance. Grass identification requires looking at characteristics that are small and typically not as showy as the bright and colorful petals of broad-leaved wildflowers. This video covers basic grass anatomy and helps explain terms commonly used for grass identification. 

July 2023

Mowing to Manage Invasive and Noxious Weeds

September 2023


October 2023

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) is a perennial weed that causes significant economic losses in agriculture. 

November 2023

Common tansy is an exotic perennial forb in the Asteraceae family that is on Montana’s noxious weed list. It inhabits higher moisture, disturbed soils, and can be found in places like meadows and riparian areas as well as along roadsides, ditches, and railroad tracks. 

December 2023

Tall tumblemustard is an exotic species in the mustard family. This species grows throughout Montana, inhabiting disturbed soil of grasslands, agricultural fields, streambanks, and roadsides from low to mid elevations. 


2022 Monthly Weed Posts

December 2022

Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)    Common Buckthorn is a noxious weed in several other states in the upper Midwest and Northeast and was placed on the Montana noxious weed list in 2017.

November 2022

Seed Dispersal by Vehicles and the Value of Washing Vehicles to Prevent Weed Spread is the topic for the November 2022 Weed Post. 

October 2022

Yellow Mignonette is a troublesome high seed output noxious weed that is the subject of October's Monthly Weed Post. 

September 2022

No Monthly Weed Post this month.

August 2022

August Monthly Weed Post highlights the Western Salsify

July 2022

The Fragrant Water Lily, also known as American Water Lily, White Water Lily or simply invasive water lily is the focus of the July Monthly Weed Post.

June 2022

This month we are looking at Identifying Invasive Annual Grasses in Montana.

May 2022

Creeping Bellflower also known as rover bellflower or rampion bellflower is the May Monthly Weed Post.

April 2022

Curious what a particular plant is? Your smart phone may have an app for that!

March 2022

This month we are looking at Cinquefoils (Potentilla Species) and the difference between Spotted Knapweed versus Dotted Blazing Star 

February 2022

Noxious Weed Views and Behaviors After 25 Years of Education and Outreach

January 2022

Flowering Rush is the subject of our first Monthly Weed Post for 2022.


2021 Monthly Weed Posts

December 2021

Noxious Weed or Native Plant?  Watch this video on Noxious Weeds and Native Plants to learn more.

November 2021

Chicory or more commonly known as Blue Daisy or Corn Flower is in the Monthly Weed Post spotlight this month.

October 2021

The Milfoil Weevil is a small aquatic bettle that is native to North America.  This month we are looking at the Milfoil Weevil's impact here in Montana.

September 2021

Testing Indaziflam for Restoring Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) Infested Montana Rangelands

August 2021

The August Monthly Weed Post offers some important information for Preventing Weed Invasion from Hay Shipments in the short and long-term.

July 2021

Tips for managing noxious weeds during drought including Spraying for Noxious Weeds During Drought can be found in the July Monthly Weed Post.

June 2021

Does Vinegar Kill Weeds? Find out in this Monthly Weed Post.

May 2021

Our May Monthly Weed Post features Baby's Breath (Gypsophila paniculata).

Additional information on Baby's Breath (Gypsophila paniculata)

April 2021

Adult weevils begin to emerge from the soil in the spring.  This month we are looking at the Houndstongue Root Weevil.

March 2021

Effects of Increased Temperature and Carbon Dioxide on Cheatgrass and Ventenata.

February 2021

Puncturevine (Tribulus terrestris) or more commonly known as goatheads is now found in all western states of the US. This invasive noxious weed was first recorded in Montana in 1938.

January 2021

No Monthly Weed Post this month.

Articles and Useful Links

Montana Grasses Identification App

Montana Grasses Identification Basics

Invasive Grasses Quick Guide