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May 2017

The 3rd Annual Dalmatian Toadflax Biocontrol Work Day

May 24

The 3rd Annual Dalmatian Toadflax Biocontrol Work Day is coming up on May 24 at the National Bison Range. It is a great opportunity to get out and explore a part of the National Bison Range that isn’t open to the public and help them collect and move large numbers of these biocontrol agents. Here is an informational flyer.

If you are interested in attending or if you have any questions please contact Melissa at 406-258-4223 or RSVP IS REQUIRED, we are providing transportation around the Bison Range and lunched for participants.

Thank you,
Melissa Maggio-Kassner
MT Biocontrol Coordinator

County Spray Crew Recertification Spring Training | Chouteau County Fairgrounds

May 25 at 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
County Spray Crew Recertification Spring Training
 May 25, 2017
 4H Building, Chouteau County Fairgrounds (South end of Main Street)
 Ft. Benton, MT

Early Registration: $20 (includes lunch)                       Late Registration (after May 16): $25

Registration Form

Liberty County is handling registration for the Training. Please fax, mail or email completed registration to:
Jim Ghekiere
Liberty County Weed District
PO Box 451
Chester, MT 59522


8:00 – 8:30: Coffee
8:30 – 9:15: Calibrating Spray Equipment – Jim Ghekiere, Liberty/Toole County Weed Districts
9:15 – 10:00: Montana Pesticide Rules & Regulations – Michaela Hystad, Montana Department of Agriculture
10:00 – 10:15: Break
10:15 – 10:45: Personal Protective Equipment – Pam Converse, Pondera County Weed District
10:45 – 11:30: Noxious Weed Identification: Noelle Orloff, Montana State University Schutter Diagnostic Lab
11:30 – 12:15: Turn Around/Look Around, Environmental Awareness for the Spray Applicator: Trent Brusseau, Dow AgroSciences
12:15 – 1:00: Lunch (Provided)
1:00 – 1:45: Chemical Modes of Action/Advances in Weed Control: Steve Saunders, Bridger AgVentures/Bayer Vegetation Management
1:45 – 2:30: Drift Awareness and Minimizing Off-Target Impacts: Jim Gordon, CPS
2:30 – 3:00: Rangeland & Roadside Weed Management Options: Steve Saunders, Bayer CropScience
3:00 – 3:15: Understanding Labels & SDS Sheets: Darren Crawford, Fergus County MSU Extension
3:30 – 4:00: Mixing & Loading of Pesticides – Tyler Lane, Chouteau County MSU Extension


This course has been approved for Commercial & Governmental Pesticide Applicator recertification points through the Montana Department of Agriculture in the following categories:
10-Dealer (6), 30-Agricultural Plant Pest Control (6), 37-Right of Way Pest Control (6), 39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (6), 55-Regulatory Weed (6), 60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (6).

2017 Southwestern Area Crew Training | Whitehall, MT

May 30 at 8:00 am - June 1 at 4:30 pm

Whitehall Community Center
Whitehall, MT 59759

May 30, 31 and June 1, 2017

Registration: $20.00 per person
$25.00 per person with First Aid Course

Register Online

The following course has been APPROVED by the Montana Department of Agriculture – Pesticide Training Program:
10 – Dealer     6
37 – Right of Way Pest Control     6
39 – Demonstration & Research Pest Control     6
55 – Regulatory Weed     6

June 2017

Medusahead and Ventenata Field Tour | Sheridan Research and Extension Center, Sheridan, WY

June 14 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sheridan Research and Extension Center in Sheridan, WY
June 14, 2018
10:00 am

Tour Flyer

We will focus on the newest invaders in Wyoming – medusahead and ventenata – and give participants a chance to see these grasses in a field setting so they can develop a search image of their own. We will discuss ongoing efforts and plans to move forward with these two species.

Registration is free and lunch will be provided. We ask you to register in advance so we can plan appropriately for food and travel needs. Please share this information with anyone you think would be interested in attending.

A Range Ramble | An Range Health & Weed Tour | June 15-16, 2017

June 15 - June 16

Meeting Location:
Blackfeet Community College
South Wind Lodge
504 SE Boundary ST
Browning, MT 59417

Glacier Peaks Hotel
50 Museum Loop
Browning, MT

Join us for a Field Tour to learn about range health and integrated weed management. Two experts in soil health and biology, Dr. Ray Ward/Ward Labs and Marlon Winger, NRCS Regional Soil Health Specialist will be present on June 15 to discuss soil health management on rangeland and hayland systems. Both will discuss how to measure and track soil quality. Rick Caquelin/NRCS Area Range Scientist will discuss range management to improve soil health. On June 16 the focus will be on weed management. Tribal representatives, local producers, State of MT and APHIS will talk about integrated weed management systems and monitoring.

A limited number of scholarships are available for producers. For more information or questions about this event, please call: Glacier County Conservation District (GCCD) or NRCS at (406) 873-4292 ext. 3 or (406) 845-2976 or Email:


Day 1 – June 15

8:30 AM Registration (Dawn Falcon) at the Blackfeet Community College
9:00 AM Introductions and Featured Speakers:
Introduction to the Five Principles of Soil Health, Marlon Winger, NRCS Soil Health Specialist, MT, WY, and ID
Soil Sampling: PLFA and Haney Tests– Nutrient Cycling and What these tests mean to a Producer?
Dr. Ray Ward, Ward Laboratories Inc.
Choosing a Grazing System that Works for Your Operation, Rick Caquelin – NRCS Area Range
A Holistic Approach to Soil Health, Lora Soderquist, Prescriptive Livestock Services, MSU Adjunct Professor
12:00 Sack Lunch Provided: Travel to Smith Ranch
Featured Speakers: Marlon Winger, Dr. Ray Ward, and Rick Caquelin
Grazing Systems
Monitoring Rangeland
Herd Health vs Soil Health (NUTBAL Discussion)
Rainfall Simulator, Eric Watson, NRCS District Conservationist
3:00 PM Load up and travel back to the Blackfeet Community College
3:30 PM Roundtable Discussions:
Blackfeet Tribal and Crown of the Continent Committee Steering Committee & Salish Kootenai
Confederated Tribes Water Management (All are welcome to attend)
5:00 Entertainment
Catered Dinner with Featured Speaker (Crown of the Continent)

Full day attendance is worth 36 pesticide recertification credits.

Day 2 – June 16
8:00 AM Registration (Dawn Falcon) and Open Discussion
8:30 AM Knapweed Project – Overview by Dillion DesRosier. Nature Conservancy
9:00 AM Equipment Calibration and Proper Application (and Field Demonstration) Rian Conway, Certified Weed Spray Contractor, Includes demonstration.
10:30 AM Biological Controls, Monitoring and Follow-up – Joe Merenz (APHIS)
10:45 AM Misconceptions of Biological Weed Control (Melissa Maggio, State of MT Weed Coordinator)
This presentation will cover the 5 main misconceptions of biocontrol using data and research to ex-plain each. By the end of this presentation attendees should have a better understanding of what real-istic results from biocontrol will look like, how and where biocontrol should be used, and how to incor-porate biocontrol with other weed management tools.
11:45 AM Spotted Knapweed and Leafy Spurge Biocontrol Systems (Melissa Maggio, State of MT Weed Coordi-nator)
This presentation will cover the biology of the weed species and also the biocontrol insects that are utilized in Montana to manage them. We will cover where to get insects, how and where to release them, how to monitor for them, how to manage them, and how to incorporate them in with other weed management tools.
12:15 Grab Sack Lunches Travel to Skate Park – Browning
1:00 PM Spotted Knapweed Field Portion (Melissa Maggio, State of MT Weed Coordinator)
We will look for insect in the field and collect monitoring data. Participants will get hands on experi-ence identifying signs that insects are present in spotted knapweed infestations. We will also get hands on experience monitoring for biocontrol populations and the weed infestations by collecting data for the Standardized Impact Monitoring Protocol (SIMP).
Stan Hutella (Liberty County Weed District) Mark Korte and Erin Banks (Rocky Mountain Weed Round Table)
Informal Producer Panel: Ted Hall, Gus Vaile, Coco Boggs, and Rocky Mountain Front Crown of the Continent Producers
3:00 Travel Back to the Blackfeet Community College
3:30 Wrap-up and closing – Blackfeet Invasive Species Steering Committee

Visit for a registration form & more information on this event
Blackfeet Tribe
Blackfeet Natural

Current Cheatgrass Management | Saratoga, WY

June 22 at 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Saratoga Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce
210 West Elm Street
Saratoga, WY 82331

June 22, 2018 | 9:00 am

Cheatgrass Tour Flyer

Current cheatgrass management research including management-scale treatments with liquid and granular imazapic and D7 Pseudomonas bacteria. We will discuss ongoing efforts to identify management thresholds for this widespread and impactful species. We will meet in Saratoga at 9 am on June 22 to go to the field sites.

Registration is free and lunch will be provided. We ask you to register in advance so we can plan appropriately for food and travel needs. Please share this information with anyone you think would be interested in attending.

July 2017

Weed Control 101 | Public, Private, Commercial Applicator’s Class

July 8

Weed & grass identification, herbicides & spraying, biocontrol and more
July 8
9:00 Am
The Art Building at the Hamilton Fairgrounds


Weed Control 101

9:00-9:45 – Weed Identification (K. Morris)- Learn key characteristics of common noxious weeds
9:45-10:15 – Reading a chemical label (T. Moon)- Learn to read a chemical label so you apply the right product at the right rate at the right time in the right situation
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:00 – Personal Safety PPE (Steffany Rogge) – Learn to protect yourself from exposure of products
11:00– 11:30 – Chemical— Mixing and loading safely – (T.Moon) Being safe with chemical is important. Protect yourself, the environment, equipment and more
11:30-12:00 – Native and Wildflower (plants to protect (S. Pease)- Is that White top or Yarrow? Learn the good plants and how to protect them
12:00-12:30 Lunch (provided)
12:30-1:30 – Calibration of Backpacks (Dave Brink)- If a little chemical is good a lot is NOT better, learn to calibrate your sprayer. Bring your personal sprayer for calibration assistance
1:30-2:00 – Bio-control Identification and options (Christy Schram) – Bugs, bugs, and more bugs. Learn to identify bio-control and what options are available for knapweed, toadflax, St. Johnswort, and leafy spurge
2:00-3:00 – ATV/UTV Calibration (Dave Brink)- Calibration of boom sprayers
3:00-3:30 – Organic– Non Chemical options (Stacy Pease/ Homestead Organics)- Respecting your neigh-bors and protecting the organic farms Learn the good plants and how to protect them
3:30-4:00 Grass Identification (Patrick Mangan)-Revegetation for a healthy plant community: grass spe-cies selection and considerations
4:00-4:15 – Financial help—Grants and cost share programs Available

CSU Field Tour – Cheatgrass | Fort Collins, CO

July 13

You are invited to attend a cheatgrass tour at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO on July 13.

This tour will show you all the competitive options to control cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) on rangeland. The tour is co-sponsored by numerous companies and CSU. The demonstration plots and large area treatments have been out for the past 4 years. We will also be viewing some bare ground treatments, as well. Check out this poster for all the details.

If you are interested in offering cheatgrass management solutions to you customers, this will be the opportunity to see many of the different control options on the market today. Please let me know if you can make it. We will meet for the tour on July 13 and meals will be provided.

Steve Saunders
Bridger AgVentures, LLC
Consultant for Bayer Crop Science in MT & WY
(406) 580-1027

Medusahead Tour – July 24 | Rush Skeletonweed Survey – July 25 & 26

July 24 at 8:00 am - July 26 at 5:00 pm

Medusahead Tour, July 24

Rush Skeletonweed Survey, July 25 & 26

Pablo, MT


Please RSVP by July 14: Dan Williams, Cell 406-293-0651,

August 2017

MDA Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants Due

August 1 at 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Now Accepting Grant Applications – Apply by January 6, 2018

Local Cooperative . Research . Education/Development Projects

Additional information: Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants

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