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6011. Rust, C., D. Baldrige, D., and H.A. Smith. 1989. Specialty crops in Montana: are they for you?. MSU Extension Service Montguide MT8903.
A checklist to help evaluate alternate crop potential in general.

6380. Smith, H.A., C. Rust, D. Baldridge, G. Carlson, and G. Kushnak. 1989. Triticale: a Montana specialty crop.. MSU Extension Service Montguide MT 8904.
Describes potential uses for triticale and production considerations. Some researchers have concluded that triticale is best suited to drought-prone areas with poor soil, where wheat production is marginal. Triticale is mostly used as a feed grain similar to barley. It also has some use as a poultry feed due to a high lysine content. It makes good forage and silage as well.

6429. Smith, H.A., C. Rust, D. Baldridge, and K. Laughlin. 1989. Rapeseed (including canola): a Montana specialty crop.. MSU Extensio Service Montguide MT 8908.
Describes production of rapeseed for oil in Montana. Rape is less drought resistant than cereal grains and uses more water. Because of disease and pest problems, rape should not be grown on the same land more often than every 4 years. It also should not be grown in close rotation with potatoes, sunflower, field beans, field peas,mustard, or other crucifers. A production budget indicates net returns of $6/ac.

6449. Smith, H.A., C. Rust, D. Baldridge, J. Sims, and J. Bergman. 1989. Oilseed flax: a Montana specialty crop.. MSU Extension Service Montguide MT 8907.
Describes production of oilseed flax for Montana conditions. The seed is processed for linseed oil, the cake is a high protein animal feed, and the straw can be used to make fine paper. Dryland yields are estimated at 15 bu/ac. Varieties with good oil quality are listed. A partial production budget indicates net returns of $17/ac.

6469. Smith, H.A., C. Rust, and D. Baldridge. 1989. Montana specialty crop dealer resource list.. MSU Extension Service EB41.
This lists commercial dealers in Montana who buy and/or sell the following specialty crops: alfalfa, Austrian winter peas, berseem clover, black medic, buckwheat, chickpeas, crambe, dry edible beans, fababeans, flax, lentils, lupin, millet, mustard, rapeseed, safflower, sunflower, spelt, teff, triticale, winter rye. Listed is the location, company name, whether they contract or buy on spot, and whether they buy or sell seed.

7930. Sims, J.R.. 1988. Research on dryland legume-cereal rotations in Montana.. Symposium on Crop Diversification in Sustainable Agriculture. Univ. of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon.
This paper opens with a review of the long-term findings of historic rotation studies for dry farming in Montana and concludes that improved varieties and management abilities call for a re-examination of alternatives to the crop-fallow system. A short description of ley farming in Australia follows, and then research on adapting it to Montana conditions is presented. Results to date indicate the potential for both grain and forage legumes to successfully precede a cereal crop without significant cereal yield losses, and with a reduced need for nitrogen fertilizer. T: medic soil water use and N contribution; wheat yields after medics; pulse and cereal grain yields; annual legume forage yields; fertilizer response curves for barley with various forecrops.

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