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Living the Country Life Radio Program: Week of April 16, 2012

John Deere Maintenance Monday: Lawn Mower: Removing grass buildup

In this edition of Maintenance Monday, we're answering a question from Andy in West Virginia. While he was inspecting the mower blades on his lawn tractor, he noticed there is a build-up of hard, caked-on grass underneath the deck. What's the easiest way to clean it up?

Radio interview source: Gregg Jameson, Factory Service Representative, John Deere

Listen here: John Deere Maintenance Monday: Lawn Mower: Removing grass buildup

John Deere Maintenance Monday: Zero turn mower attachments

In this edition of Maintenance Monday, we're answering a question from Bill in Alabama. He needs to purchase a new mower for his acreage, and likes the speed and maneuverability of a zero-turn. However, a lawn tractor can be more versatile because of the many attachments you can buy. Are there attachments available for a zero-turn mower and if so, what kind?

Radio interview source: Greg Weekes, Group Product Marketing Mgr, Riding Lawn Equipment, John Deere

Listen here: John Deere Maintenance Monday: Zero turn mower attachments

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance

Not everyone knows where their food comes from, and may have a lot of questions about it. The U.S Farmers and Ranchers Alliance is bringing agricultural groups together to form a consistent message about modern agriculture production, from raising livestock to growing vegetables.

Radio interview source: Forrest Roberts, Executive Committee Member, U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance

Listen here: U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance

Chicken coop manure management

Cleaning out the chicken coop is not considered part of the joy of raising them. But, proper manure management helps keep out odors and flies. How often you clean it out depends on the number of chickens, coop size, and the type of litter used.

Radio interview source: David Frame, Extension Poultry Specialist, <a data-cke-saved-href="http://extension.usu.edu/htm/publications/by=category/category=39 target=" href="http://extension.usu.edu/htm/publications/by=category/category=39 target=" new"=""> Utah State University

Listen here: Chicken coop manure management

Backyard tossing games

A Memorial Day weekend party wouldn't be complete without some friendly competition in the back yard. There are many outdoor games you can purchase or make yourself that will entertain friends and relatives of all ages.

Radio interview source: Steve King, Owner, Tossing Games

Listen here: Backyard tossing games

Kennel decks for dogs

Kennel decks are flooring platforms that help create a cleaner and healthier environment for dogs. The decks don't harbor insects, mold, or bacteria, and are easy to hose down and disinfect.

Radio interview source: Eric Seitz, Vice President, Kennel Deck

Listen here: Kennel decks for dogs

Building a proper spillway

A well-designed spillway in the pond is critical to carry out excess water. Standpipes are commonly used in ponds with a dam. Those without a dam usually have a natural spillway that empties through a channel on the shore.

Radio interview source: Tim Matson, Consultant/Author, Earthponds

Listen here: Building a proper spillway

Living with an organic neighbor

As organic farming becomes bigger business, it's creating issues and friction with conventional neighbors. Work out issues between you such as chemical use on your farm so you don't end up in court.

Radio interview source: Roger McEowen, Director, Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation

Listen here: Living with an organic neighbor

Benefits of high-sugar grasses

High sugar grasses are known for increasing livestock weight gain and milk production. They also increase forage intake while reducing nitrogen in manure waste.

Radio interview source: Brent Jones, Sales Manager, Grassland Oregon

Listen here: Benefits of high-sugar grasses

Country View: Scottie Jones - Leaping Lamb Farm - Alsea, OR

Scottie Jones and her husband Greg have opened up their 64-acre farm as a vacation destination to make some extra money. Visitors say in a cabin, help with chores, and unwind on a trail in the woods.

Radio interview source: Scottie and Greg Jones, Owners, Leaping Lamb Farm

Listen here: Country View: Scottie Jones - Leaping Lamb Farm - Alsea, OR

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