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The Montana Conservationist, May 10

Welcome to 2017’s Issue No. 10 of the Montana Conservationist! This week:

  • As spring runoff starts, NRCS says Montana’s mountain snowpack is in good condition in all basins. Indeed, in the Bighorn the condition may even be too good. 
  • NACD has a blog post about the importance of the EPA’s Section 319 grants for Conservation Districts
  • CRP enrollment has reached its cap, and no more acres will be added until current contracts expire
  • MSU says that cooler spring temperatures this year may result in nutrient deficiencies for some crops
  • The Missoulian has an excellent article on restoration efforts on the Clark Fork, and how radon sampling from the river can help experts determine how much of the river is fed by groundwater
  • AgUpdate suggests that quinoa may be a good rotational crop for Montana small grain growers
  • Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado got into the spirit of curiosity this spring and decided to plant bear scat (yes, you read that right). What they found was a pretty good way to germinate chokecherries
  • And a recent report says that as Missoula grows, nearby farmland is at risk (not exactly surprising, but now supported by evidence)

All of that, and the finer details, in this week’s The Montana Conservationist: TMC 2017-05-10. Plus! An invitation to our Spring Board Meeting in Helena.

Kate Arpin

Kate is the Communications Director for MACD. She manages the website, puts out The Montana Conservationist every other week, and assists conservation districts with technology, websites, and communications.

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