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Field Day reports moved online

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, our regular Froid and Sidney Research Farm Field Days were cancelled for 2020. However, in their place we offered two live weed identification webinars, which we recorded. Those are now available on our website, along with several short recorded research updates and introductions to our three newest scientists and their research plans, all part of a virtual tour now available here.  

 

 


2020 Froid, Sidney dryland farm tours canceled; weed webinars scheduled

As is true for so many similar events, the annual Froid Research Farm Field Day typically scheduled for late June has been cancelled due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic. Scientists and staff with the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory in Sidney made the announcement recently. In addition, the joint Sidney Dryland Field Day with Sidney ARS and Montana State University’s Eastern Agricultural Research Center (EARC), also held in June, has been cancelled for this year and will return as an every other year event in 2021, according to officials from both research facilities.

This year, research updates at the Froid Farm, owned by the Sheridan and Roosevelt County Conservation Districts, will instead be incorporated online in short presentations, brochures and/or fact sheets on ongoing ARS research at the farm as well as additional research at other ARS sites.

The research presentations will all be posted to the Internet on Thursday, June 25, the normally scheduled tour day. In addition to the online research offerings, two, hour-long, live webinars on weed identification and herbicide resistant weed management are also planned that will allow local producers to still collect pesticide applicator points.

The webinars were originally scheduled for successive Thursdays, but have now been moved to the mornings of Thursday and Friday, June 25-26. Thursday’s presentation will begin at 8:30 am, while Friday’s presentation will begin at 7:30 am. The presentations are expected to last an hour each. Pesticide points for both presentations are pending.

Please note, participants will need to provide their applicator license numbers at the time of the webinar to receive credit. Also, plans are to post recordings of both webinars on the Sidney ARS website (www.ars.usda.gov/pa/nparl/fieldday); but pesticide points are ONLY available for those participating in a live session.

To sign up for the webinars, visit the website listed above, or contact Beth Redlin at 406-433-2020 or beth.redlin@usda.gov.

June 25 Live Weed Webinar #1 - 8:30 am (MT)

For those interested, Thursday’s webinar is entitled “Palmer amaranth Identification and Management and Herbicide Resistant Weeds” and is being presented by Richland County (MT) Extension Agent Tim Fine. He will discuss how to identify the weed and distinguish it from other pigweed species to prevent the introduction of this devastating crop weed into the region, as well as what steps should be implemented if a person believes they’ve found the weed. Fine will also discuss steps to prevent herbicide resistance, a known trait in Palmer amaranth in other parts of the country. Fine will also address other herbicide-resistant crop weeds that have already been identified in Eastern Montana.

June 26 Live Weed Webinar #2 - 7:30 am (MT)

Friday’s webinar is entitled “Noxious Weed Identification: Present and Potential Invaders” and includes tips on identifying noxious rangeland weeds commonly found in the MonDak, along with those threatening to invade. The presenter is NPARL Biological Science Technician Kim Mann, who has more than 30 years of experience with weed identification and biocontrol and who also frequently provides weed identification instruction to local and regional weed districts and their employees. In addition to an overview of listed and threatening noxious weeds in the state and tips for identifying them, Mann will also discuss locally listed weeds such as baby’s breath currently considered a noxious weed in Richland County.

For additional information, contact Beth Redlin at 406-433-2020 or beth.redlin@usda.gov.