Great Montana Ag Rally 2021

As you all know – the challenges of holding events with the ever changing COVID situation is significant. The MABA/MGEA Annual Convention will look a little bit different this year. MABA and MGEA have decided to approach the annual joint convention from different perspectives for 2021. MABA and MGEA will be holding separate and distinct events.

The MABA Board recognizes that the annual convention provides significant benefits to our membership for a multitude of reasons.

  1. GET YOUR POINTS – Both MT Department of Agriculture Points, as well as Certified Crop Advisor Points
  2. NETWORKING – Providing individuals and companies the opportunity to interact and improve their business relationships

To meet both of these very important elements, the MABA Annual Event has been split into two phases:

Phase 1: Continuing Education

Bi-monthly webinars were held throughout the winter on pertinent issues facing our industry. The webinar series ran from December through March and had over 700 participants. MABA feels that providing educational opportunities to our members is very important and through partial financial assistance through the MT Department of Commerce and very STRONG support of our sponsors we were able to provide these opportunities free of charge.

Phase 2: Summer Social/Golf Tournament

The culmination of the Great Montana Ag Rally 2021 will be a summer social and golf tournament that will be held on August 26 in Great Falls. There will be many opportunities for networking and relationship building. MABA will also hold an auction like what members are used to seeing at the Annual Convention. This event promises to be fun with a Calcutta, golf tournament, and banquet/auction/barn dance! Information on golf tournament registration and sponsorship is available below.

Great Montana Ag Rally 2021

Phase 1: Educational Events

  • December 2020

    December 1, 2020 9-11:30 AM

    Session 1 @ 9:00 am: Fundamental Agronomy – Alan Blaylock, Nutrien


    Session 2 @ 10:30 am: Soil Acidity in Montana – Clain Jones


    December 15, 2020 9-11:30 AM

    Session 1 @ 9:00 am: Field Technology, Ryan Helmer, WilburEllis


    Session 2 @ 10:30 am: Problems in Chem Fallow, Dr. Phil Westra, Professor and Extension Specialist, Colorado State University


  • January 2021

    January 5, 2021 9-11:30 AM

    Session 1: What’s Bugging your Pulse and Oilseed Crops?, Janet Knodel, NDSU Extension

    Click here to view the resources referenced in this webinar


    Session 2: Persistent and Emerging Diseases of MT Pulse Crops, Uta McKelvy, MSU Extension Specialist for Plant Pathology


    January 19, 2021 9-11:30 AM

    Session 1: MSU College of Agriculture, Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and Congressional Updates


    Session 2: MABA Annual Meeting
    Members interested in viewing a recording of this session should contact MABA.
    Sponsor: Central Life Sciences

  • February 2021

    February 2, 2021 9-11:30 AM

    Session 1: “I Applied 10 gallons of Water; Why didn’t my Herbicide Work?” Spray Coverage Myths and Realities – Tom Wolf


    Session 2: “Spraying Technology Preview for 2021: What’s Hot, What’s Not” – Tom Wolf


    February 16, 2021 9-11:30 AM

    Session 1: Nutrient Management in Oilseeds, Kent McVay, Southern Ag Research Center


    Session 2: Mental Health in Agriculture, Alison Brennan, PhD Assistant Professor / Extension Mental Health Specialist & Dr. Michelle Grocke Extension Health and Wellness Specialist


  • March 2021

    March 2, 2021 9-11:30 AM

    Session 1: Spring 2021 – Challenges and Opportunities


    Session 2: Safety First


Phase 2: Schedule of Events

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Heritage Inn, Great Falls, MT
3:00 PM — Golfer Packet Pickup
5:30 PM — All Members Meeting (MABA Board members will give an update on MABA activities, bylaws and articles updates)
6:00 PM — Dinner/Calcutta

Thursday, August 26, 2021
Eagle Falls, Great Falls
7:00 – 8:30 AM — Packet pickup AT COURSE
7:00 – 8:30 AM – Breakfast AT COURSE
9:00 AM – Shotgun Start
11:00 – 1:00 PM – Lunch as you pass the clubhouse
6:30 – Banquet/Auction/Music — Heritage Inn, Great Falls