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MSU Extension offering irrigation water management workshop March 19

March 6, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – Montana State University Extension in Gallatin County and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host an irrigation water management workshop on Wednesday, March 19 at the Gallatin Conservation District in Manhattan.

Chris Mahoney, NRCS soil conservationist, will talk about soil health as it relates to irrigation water management. He will discuss soil organic matter and how it is formed, how to maintain/improve soil organic matter, as well as the benefits of increased soil organic matter relative to soil moisture and the overall cropping/grazing system.

Marvin Hansen, NRCS Soil Conservation Technician, will present Checkbook Irrigation Water Management. The “checkbook” method is a way to monitor and balance soil moisture on irrigated cropland using soil moisture sensors. Readings are used to reconcile the balance of soil moisture on a weekly basis for more accurate water management.

John Gardner from Aqua Tech will give an update on Advanced Irrigation Systems, discussing the latest in irrigation options.

For more information or to RSVP, please call the NRCS office at (406) 522-4016 or email

If you would like to learn more about the MSU Extension office in Gallatin County visit 

Emily Lockard, MSU Extension Gallatin County agriculture agent,, (406) 388-3213