CARC presenting first Research Roundup

By: 
JENNY GESSAMAN
Reporter

CARC Farm Manager Darryl Grove works to take a soil samples near Moccasin. Soil surveys are an important tool for nutrient management.

Photo courtesy of Heather Fryer

Moccasin’s Central Agricultural Research Center is known for its summertime field day, but now it hopes to develop a winter counterpart. Next Thursday, CARC will host its first-ever Crops Research Roundup at the Eagles Club in Lewistown.

CARC Superintendent Pat Carr explained why anyone with an interest in the field day might want to register for the roundup.

“The field day is basically a show-and-tell,” he said. “You don’t look at the data. The roundup is more like, ‘Here’s what we collected in terms of numbers, and here’s what it all means.

“When people show up at the roundup, they’ll actually see how the winter wheat did, for example, and what was the biggest yielder,” Carr added.

Carr suspects the Crops Research Roundup could interest more than farmers, though. For one, CARC staff is aiming to make their work approachable, and designed their presentations to include time for questions.

“You don’t have to be a farmer to understand what we’re talking about,” he said. “We back off the experiment and data jargon, and focus on, ‘Here’s what we found.’”

The roundup won’t focus on just niche subjects either. The day offers six different talks, ranging from a Montana weather outlook to alternative crop results. Some topics, such as soil nutrient management in Central Montana, could also be relevant for people such as gardeners and homeowners.

Of course, Carr pointed out, just learning more about one of Montana’s major economic drivers couldn’t hurt.

“It’s not a bad idea to be informed about ag, whether you’re directly involved or not,” he said.

The Research Roundup is free, but does include a small lunch, so CARC is asking attendees to register. Registration can be done by emailing an attendance number to llinhard@montana.edu, or registering at the door.

As an added bonus, crop advisors can earn up to 5.5 continuing education credits by attending, and everyone can enter for door prizes throughout the day.


Head down to the roundup!
• When: Thursday, Dec. 7

• Where: The Eagles Club, 123 West Main Street

• When: 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a lunch break from 11:55 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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