Last Chance Private Applicator Credit Opportunities offered in North-Central Montana (Pesticides)
Description:

Montana private applicators in private applicator training (PAT) district three need 6 private applicator credits prior to the January 1st, 2021 deadline to avoid losing their private applicator pesticide certification. This includes private applicators in Glacier, Toole, Liberty, Hill, Blaine, Pondera, Teton, Chouteau and Cascade counties.  The Montana State University Pesticide Education Program (PEP) would like to announce multiple last chance private applicator credit opportunities for applicators in need of credits within PAT district 3. 


Alert Period: 11/12/2020 - 01/01/2021
Submitted By: Cecil Tharp

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2021 Crop and Pest Management School is Cancelled Due to Health Concerns (General)
Description:

MSU’s Crop and Pest Management School (CPMS), an annual education and training event that is normally held in the first full week of January, will not be offered in 2021 due to concerns about public health.


Alert Period: 09/22/2020 - 01/22/2021
Submitted By: Ruth O'Neill

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Blister Beetles in Alfalfa (Cropland Insects)
Description:

Blister beetles are an occasional problem in later cuttings of alfalfa and in other forages such as sainfoin. Blister beetles produce cantharidin, a bitter-tasting toxin that can harm or kill horses that eat contaminated hay. Numbers may be higher this year due to the high numbers of grasshoppers, as grasshopper egg pods are the larval food source for most species of blister beetles.


Alert Period: 08/25/2020 - 12/31/2020
Submitted By: Ruth O'Neill

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Grasshopper Populations Unusually High This Year (Cropland Insects)
Description:

Grasshoppers are abundant this year, and have been a particular concern in winter wheat.


Alert Period: 08/21/2020 - 11/30/2020
Submitted By: Ruth O'Neill

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Waterhemp a problematic weed has been documented in Montana (Cropland Weeds)
Description:

Waterhemp (Amaranthus tuberculatus) a highly problematic pigweed, common in the Midwest, has been documented in a cropfield in Montana for the first time. Populations of this species are resistant to many herbicide modes of action. This species has the potential to become very problematic. Now is the time scout, if you suspect you have waterhemp contact your local extension agent or ag professional for positive identification and help developing a management plan.


Alert Period: 08/04/2020 - 08/31/2021
Submitted By: Timothy Seipel

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Paraquat Training Mandatory for Pesticide Applicators Purchasing Products with New Label Language (Pesticides)
Description:

Measures announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are in place regarding the herbicide active ingredient paraquat (i.e. dichloride salt of paraquat, ortho paraquat CL, paraquat dichloride) due to increased human health concerns. See complete news release for details including mandatory EPA approved paraquat trainings.  


Alert Period: 07/17/2020 - 06/14/2021
Submitted By: Cecil Tharp

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Pesticide Education Testing Update – COVID-19 (Pesticides)
Description:

The Montana State University (MSU) Pesticide Education Program (PEP) is announcing new protocols to testing Private and Commercial Applicators to minimize COVID-19 risks.  The COVID-19 virus and corresponding risks have impacted the Montana agricultural and commercial community in a variety of ways. This includes the temporary inability to take necessary exams to qualify for a Montana Private or Commercial Pesticide License, as well as a loss of on-site pesticide applicator programs offering continuing education credits.  This news release is a guide to pesticide applicators desiring a Montana Private / Commercial Pesticide License, as well as directions on how to accumulate necessary recertification credits to requalify into the next certification cycle.  


Alert Period: 04/26/2020 - 01/14/2021
Submitted By: Cecil Tharp
"Antimicrobials and Respirators: COVID-19" (Pesticides)
Description:

Montana residents are contending with difficult times due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, otherwise known as the “Corona Virus”. As of April 15th there are 404 confirmed cases, 51 current and past hospitalizations and 7 deaths (Figure 1). Due to the high infection and mortality rate, Governor Bullock issued a “Stay at Home” order for non-essential businesses until, at least April 24th. This news release will discuss the N95 respirator shortage, available antimicrobials, and correct use of respirators to protect against this virus.


Alert Period: 04/15/2020 - 12/17/2020
Submitted By: Cecil Tharp