Living the Country Life Radio Program: Week of April 9, 2012
John Deere Maintenance Monday: Improve fuel economy through maintenance
In this edition of Maintenance Monday, we're answering a question from Neil in California. He wants tips to get the best fuel economy for his utility tractor. Mark Hanna is an extension ag engineer at Iowa State University. He says regular tractor maintenance is the key.
Radio interview source: Mark Hanna, Extension Ag Engineer, Iowa State University
John Deere Maintenance Monday: Lawn Mower: Uneven cut
In this edition of Maintenance Monday, we're answering a question from Mike in Texas. He says his mower doesn't cut even, which makes the yard look uneven. He's installed new blades and leveled the deck with no luck. Is there something he's overlooking?
Radio interview source: Shane Louwerens, John Deere Ag Tech Instructor, Northwest Mississippi Community College
It can be difficult to find the time to properly exercise your horses. Horse walkers are capable of keeping multiple horses conditioned all at once. They can also be used for halter breaking, rehabilitate an ailing animal, or as a cool down after a long ride.
Radio interview source: Jeff Rash, Marketing Director, Priefert
Getting boat out of storage
When the weather warms up boat owners are chomping at the bit to get it out and have fun. A safe and uneventful season can depend a lot on what you do with the boat before it even touches water.
Radio interview source: Matt Miser, Licensed Coast Guard Captain, Boatsafe.com
Country View: Robin Morris -- Mad River Food Hub
Robin Morris of Waitsfield, Vermont, had been working with small businesses for many years, but his dream was to expand the agricultural economy. After doing some research, he felt that a food hub would be a viable way to help local farmers process, store, and distribute their products.
Radio interview source: Robin Morris, Founder, Mad River Food Hub
Tilling dry soil
Wet, muddy soil is no good for tilling, but neither is soil that's too dry. You may actually have to add moisture to rock-hard ground so the tiller can get through.
Radio interview source: Ward Upham, Extension Horticulturist, Kansas State University
HVAC for outbuildings
Heating and cooling an outbuilding is tricky because of poor insulation and a lot of open space. The right system for your buildings should meet needs with energy efficiency.
Radio interview source: Jon Edelen, Sales Engineer, Lozier Heating & Cooling
Gardening kits for children
Kids love to play in the dirt, so make it a learning experience at the same time. Gardening kits for children help them understand nature's process.
Radio interview source: Julie Parker-Dickerson, Education Program Coordinator, National Gardening Association
Asian Longhorn Beetle
There is another bug that is wreaking havoc on our trees. The Asian Longhorn Beetle is a threat to hardwoods, and infestations have to be quickly eradicated.
Radio interview source: Bruce Parker, Entomology Professor, University of Vermont
Progressive Ag Safety Days
Plans are underway all over the country for a one-day safety event for kids. The Progressive Ag Foundation offers hands-on training to keep children safe at home and on the farm.
Radio interview source: Susan Reynolds, Executive Director for Programs, Progressive Agriculture Foundation
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