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Extension Publishes Variety Of New MontGuide Factsheets

Montana State University Extension recently published six new MontGuides on a variety of topics to provide unbiased information for Montana citizens.

As part of their outreach efforts, MSU Extension specialists and agents write MontGuides with information gathered during their research and outreach work throughout the year. The fact sheets are designed for all Montanans, including agricultural producers, home gardeners, families, landowners and other groups.

New and existing Mont-Guides are located online at, where they can be downloaded for free, or printed copies can be ordered for a small shipping fee. For more information, call the MSU Extension Distribution Center at 406-994-3273 or email [email protected]

The recently published MontGuides include: Water Quality for Livestock

Livestock water requirements vary greatly depending on several factors, including temperature, animal size, production stage and moisture content of the diet. This eight-page MontGuide provides an overview of common livestock water quality issues in Montana, water testing guidance and a summary of options when water quality is very poor. The Mont-Guide is available at store. Water-Quality-for-Lives tock-MT202209AG__ MT202209AG.aspx.

Growing Succulents

Succulents are popular plants with indoor gardeners. This two-page Mont-Guide highlights how to care for and propagate these easy-to-care-for plants, which have water-storing capabilities in their roots, stems and leaves to help withstand drier climates. The MontGuide is available at Products/Growing-Succulents- MT202208AG__ MT202208AG.aspx. Soybean Diseases and their Management in Montana In the last decade, an increasing number of growers in eastern Montana have experimented with grain soybean. This eight-page MontGuide provides a general description of the symptoms, causes and management of the major soybean biotic diseases that are more likely to occur and become problematic in Montana. The MontGuide is available at Products/Soybean-Diseasesand- their-Management-in-Montana-MT202206AG__ MT202206AG.aspx. Physical Activity: Different Types, How Much is Needed and Health Benefits This four-page MontGuide provides guidance as to how much, and what type, of physical activity is needed based on the 2020 National Physical Activity Guidelines. It also provides tips and tricks for increasing physically active time and summarizes health benefits that can be gained from incorporating physical activity into daily life. The MontGuide is available at Products/Physical-Activity-Different-Types-How-Muchis- Needed-and-Health-Benefits-MT202207HR__ MT202207HR.aspx.

What Does Yellowing or Chlorosis Tell Us About the Health of a Plant?

This eight-page Mont-Guide addresses questions about plant chlorosis and yellowing discoloration and provides some visual examples, with steps to evaluate symptoms and causes of chlorosis. The MontGuide is available at Products/What-Does-Yellowing- or-Chlorosis-Tell-Us-About-the-Health-ofa- Plant-MT202205AG__ MT202205AG.aspx.

Water Productivity of Montana Crops This four-page MontGuide discusses the amount of additional grain or biomass a crop can produce with additional water. This crop water productivity guide describes how to estimate soil water storage and water productivity for various crops in relation to yield potential, which helps growers evaluate crop rotations. The Mont-Guide is available at store. Water-Productivity-of-Montana- Crops-MT202204AG__ MT202204AG.aspx.

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