MATE Theater Schedule

Thursday, February 16

10:00 a.m. — Farming Safely Around Utilities
Presented by: Michelle Slyder, CHS DOT Compliance Manager, Pipelines and Terminals
As planting season is upon us, learn how to farm safely around utilities by identifying common myths, how to use a simple pre-excavation checklist, proper emergency response procedures, and more.

11:00 a.m. — Torgerson’s/406 Agronomy
Presented by: Andrew Newsum, Head of Product-North America, Augmenta
Montana producers, how are you managing spatial and temporal variability? Andrew Newsum will discuss the compounding value a farmer receives from adopting VRA and precision farming strategies. Andrew will also compare current technologies such as satellites, drones, active sensors, and camera-based solutions, along with new, cutting-edge real time VRA sensory technology.

1:00 p.m. — Weeds & Livestock During Drought
Presented by: Jennifer Solf, MSU Extension Agent in Musselshell-Golden Valley County
Jennifer will present various issues with using livestock to graze common weeds going into fall. She will discuss how livestock may be affected as producers make grazing management decisions for their operation. Attendees will practice identifying common weeds to be aware of which may cause issues in livestock.

2:00 p.m. — Weeds Growing Wild in Yellowstone County
Presented by: Joe Lockwood, Yellowstone County Weed Superintendent & Megan Hoyer, Yellowstone County Weed Crew Foreman/Education Specialist
Familiarize yourself with several weeds wreaking havoc in Yellowstone County and other areas of South Central Montana.  Yellowstone County Weed District will share what they are seeing throughout the valley and discuss methods of control.

3:00 p.m. — Identifying Non-Target Herbicide Injury
Presented by: Trestin Feagler, MSU Extension Agent in Yellowstone County
Is it a nutrient deficiency or is that herbicide injury? This presentation will cover how to recognize herbicide injury in crop plants. Other details covered include mode of action, and biotic and abiotic plant issues, and record keeping.

Friday, February 17

10:00 a.m. — Farming Safely Around Utilities
Presented by: Michelle Slyder, CHS DOT Compliance Manager, Pipelines and Terminals
As planting season is upon us, learn how to farm safely around utilities by identifying common myths, how to use a simple pre-excavation checklist, proper emergency response procedures, and more.

11:00 a.m. — Torgerson’s/406 Agronomy
Presented by: Andrew Newsum, Head of Product-North America, Augmenta
Montana producers, how are you managing spatial and temporal variability? Andrew Newsum will discuss the compounding value a farmer receives from adopting VRA and precision farming strategies. Andrew will also compare current technologies such as satellites, drones, active sensors, and camera-based solutions, along with new, cutting-edge real time VRA sensory technology.

1:00 p.m. — What is Wrong with my Lawn? Pest & Disease Issues in Lawns
Presented by: Heidi Schueler, MSU Extension Horticulture Agent in Yellowstone County
Identifying turf disease and pest issues can often be challenging. Heidi Schueler, MSU Horticulture Extension Agent will discuss maintaining Montana lawns effectively. Learn to identify, prevent, and treat common turf disease and pest issues in Montana.

2:00 p.m. — Monitoring Herbicide Resistant Weeds in Sugarbeet Fields in Southern Montana
Presented by: Dr. Lovreet Shergill, Southern Agriculture Research Center Weed Science Assistant Professor
Dr. Lovreet will be covering the results of a survey he conducted in the fall of 2021 looking at herbicide-resistant weeds in sugarbeet fields

3:00 p.m. — Water Quality & Pesticide Performance
Presented by: Dr. Cecil Tharp, MSU Pesticide Education Director
This presentation will focus on water quality factors that may lead to reduced pesticide performance.  This includes impacts of pH, hardness, bicarbonates, and total suspended solids (turbidity). Other details discussed will include identifying water quality issues, timing, and mitigation strategies to increase pesticide performance.

Saturday, February 18

10:00 a.m. — Farming Safely Around Utilities
Presented by: Ryan Farmer, Kinder Morgan
As planting season is upon us, learn how to farm safely around utilities by identifying common myths, how to use a simple pre-excavation checklist, proper emergency response procedures, and more.

12:00 – 3:00 p.m. — FREE PAINTING with Bitterroot Sip & Paint
Paint on your own or guided canvas with Bitterroot Sip & Paint! There will be artists on hand to help and stencils to play with. Supplies are first come first served.