The Hill County Extension Office is your Portal to Montana State University and a wide array of information and educational opportunities. If you cannot find the information you are looking for here, get in touch with me and I will try to find it for you.

We provide educational programs throughout the year. We are also available upon request for specific programs that you may wish to see presented, so if you identify a need that is not being met in an area that can be addressed through education, give us a call. We also try to identify needs in the county and provide programs periodically throughout the year. We advertise these programs through popular media outlets and informational flyers. If you would like to provide input into programming please contact the extension office at 406-265-5481 x 233.

Happy Browsing,
Shylea Wingard 
MSU Hill County Extension Agent



"What's Your Pulse?" Workshop

Monday, Feb. 5th at 4:30 pm located in the Imperial Room at the Duck Inn - Havre MT

CHS Big Sky (Havre) and MSU-Hill County Extension have teamed up to bring two MSU specialists, Dr. Mary Burrows and Dr. Kevin McPhee, along with Perry Johnston of West Central to Havre on Feb. 5th to present "What's Your Pulse?".  This workshop will provide local growers the opportunity to learn more about pulse production and disease prevention.  Topics include recommended management practices, fungicide use and selected plant breeding.  The workshop will begin at 4:30 pm and conclude by 7:30 pm.  A light meal will be served.

The workshop will be held at the Imperial Room at the Duck Inn in Havre, MT.  All local pulse crop producers or anyone interested in learning more are invited to attend.  Registration is not required.

For more information, please contact:

Agenda includes:
          Dr. Mary Burrows, MSU professor and extension plant pathologist, will present "Pulse Disease Concerns in MT" which will focus on disease prevention in pulse crops and how crop rotations and producer management are important for disease prevention.  She will take an in depth look at existing diseases and how fungicides are an effective tool measure to control fungal diseases. She will also look at preventative tools that can be utilized to assist growers in planting and maintaining disease free pulse crop production. Her talk will begin at 4:30 pm and conclude at 5:30 pm. 
          Dr. Kevin McPhee, associate professor and pulse crop breeder with the MSU Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology will present "Pulse Crop Breeding and Genetics".  Focus will be on the objectives, breeding approach and inheritance of agronomic traits for pulse crop variety and development in Montana.  His talk will begin at 6:30 pm and conclude at 7:00 pm. 
          Perry Johnston will cover "Pulse Fertility" at 7:00 pm.

Link to "What's Your Pulse" flyer.




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