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Ag in Action 2017

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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


| 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

depressed markets.

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?

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