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Judith Basin County MSU Extension Agent Katie
Hatelid demonstrates a craft project to youngsters
in January. Another part of Hatelid’s job involves
educating agricultural producers on the latest research
Photo courtesy of Vicky McCray, Judith Basin Press
By DEB HILL
| News-Argus Managing Editor
Thinking out of the box – that’swhat faces ag producers
who are looking for the magic formula in this time of
According to MSU Extension Agent Katie Hatelid,
sheep and pulse crops may be the glimmer of hope for
growers this year.
Hatelid, who serves JudithBasin County fromher office
in Stanford, said she expects there to be more Central
Montana acres seeded in pulse crops than ever before.
“The big opportunity is pulse crops,” Hatelid said. “We
are working with growers to develop local markets. For
many growers, the whole thing is new and they have a
learning curve on everything from seeding rates to where
they go to market.”
Hatelid said the pulse crops, which include peas,
garbanzo beans and lentils, represent a better income
investment right now than wheat does.
“Nothing looks really exciting, but the pulses look to
be the most attractive,” she said. “Seeding something new
requires new equipment and learning how to use it. Peas,
especially, will shatter if handled improperly.
What’s the latest for crop and livestock markets?Continued on page 7