The annual tour of the Corvallis Agriculture Experiment Station northeast of Corvallis will not be on-site this year, but will be part of a series of "virtual" tours from Montana State University's College of Agriculture. A news release by MSU's Sharon Henderson reported that the seven Montana Ag Experiment Stations (MAES) will have short recorded presentations starting at noon Friday, July 24. They will be on the MAES website and will direct viewers to the College of Agriculture YouTube site. Then Thursday, July 30, a live segment of the tour will be on the web from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The live segment will include recorded presentations and live question-and-answer sessions with MSU researchers and ag experts, including crop pathology, soils, organic production, horticulture, livestock, weeds and other topics. Questions for that live segment can be emailed to agnews@montana.edu.

The on-site tours were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Darrin Boss, head of the Department of Research Centers. Boss said, "We hope that by creating virtual content this year, we will be able to incorporate virtual elements into future field days and produce an even better experience for everyone." The seven Montana sites are in Huntley, Conrad, Havre, Moccasin, Sidney, Kalispell and Corvallis.

Ag Research Sites. (MSU College of Agriculture map)