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MSU Extension to offer nitrate management workshop in Manhattan on Feb. 25

February 18, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – Montana State University Extension in Gallatin County will hold a workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 25 on the management of nitrate in forage, feeding strategies for livestock and sampling techniques.

The 10 a.m. to noon workshop will be held at the Gallatin Conservation District, located at 120 South 5th Street, Suite B104, in Manhattan.

Rachel Endecott, MSU extension beef cattle specialist, will speak about feeding strategies and nitrate toxicity.

Larry Holzworth, plant materials specialist, will speak about causes and management of forages high in nitrate.

Emily Lockard, Gallatin County MSU Extension agriculture agent, will speak about proper sampling techniques for accurate nitrate testing.

Lockard will bring supplies to perform nitrate “quick tests” on forage brought to the event. The quick test is a qualitative test, giving a positive or negative reading for nitrates in forage. Further quantitative (lab) testing may be done depending on the result of the quick test. Forages can be quick tested anytime at the MSU Extension Gallatin County office, located at 201 W. Madison Ave. in Belgrade.

There is no cost for the workshop, but please reserve a space by calling the MSU Extension Gallatin County office at (406) 388-3213.  

For more information about MSU Extension in Gallatin County, visit

Contact: Emily Lockard, (406) 388-3213,