The Nitrate "QuikTest" Program was implemented in 2000 to assist Montana livestock producers in dealing with toxic levels of nitrate in drought-stressed forages. A certification program similar to that for pesticide applicator licensing was developed for safe use and interpretation of the test. All training materials and examinations are now posted on an interactive Extension Web site. Since 2000, 110 users in 50 counties (89% of Montana counties) have been certified to conduct the Nitrate QuikTest, and 6,615 samples were evaluated. This has been a high-impact, timely program to educate and serve our livestock producers.

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