Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Pulse Growers Workshop

Jesse Fulbright, MSU Liberty County Extension

MSU Liberty County Extension and CHS-Chester will be hosting a pulse growers workshop on Tuesday, February 6th at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Chester.  The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. and should conclude at approximately 12:30 p.m.
Perry Johnston with West Central, Inc. will begin the program by speaking about pulse crop fertility, discussing fertility issues in pulse crops and how to mitigate those issues, including the use of the product Levesol, a phosphate enhancement product. 

Following Perry’s remarks, Dr. Mary Burrows, MSU Extension plant pathologist, will speak on disease prevention in pulse crops.  Pulse crop rotations are important for disease prevention.  The presentation will include an overview of existing diseases as well as pointers on the uses of fungicides to control fungal diseases and preventative tools that can be utilized to assist growers in planting and maintaining disease free pulse crop production.

Dr. Kevin McPhee, associate professor with the Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology Department at MSU will then talk about the objectives, breeding approach and inheritance of agronomic traits for pulse crop variety development in Montana.

Dr. Kevin McPhee speaks at the Central Ag Research Center Field Day about pulse crops.  Photo courtesy of CARC.

Markets play a big role in deciding whether a grower plants pulse crops.  Jill Streit of Stricks Ag will discuss existing pulse markets and the potential outlook for pulse crops in 2018.  After Jill’s remarks Steve Leavitt of ATP Nutrition-Manitoba will talk about some foliar nutrition products that his company has to offer that work for both cereals and pulse crops.

There will be one private pesticide applicator credit available for growers.  Lunch will be provided at the conclusion of the program.
For questions regarding this program please contact Jesse Fulbright at the MSU Liberty County Extension office at 759-5625.


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