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Living the Country Life Radio Program: Week of February 20, 2012

John Deere Maintenance Monday: Hot and cold spark plugs

In this edition of Maintenance Monday, we're answering a question from Tim in Kansas. What is the difference between a hot spark plug and a cold spark plug, and does it matter which one you use?

Radio interview source: Shane Louwerens, John Deere Ag Tech Instructor, Northwest Mississippi Community College

Listen here: John Deere Maintenance Monday: Hot and cold spark plugs

John Deere Maintenance Monday: Trenching and ditching

In this edition of Maintenance Monday, we're answering a question from Gary in Kansas. His new acreage needs a drainage ditch and he needs to dig a trench to bury pipe. He has a compact utility tractor and would like to do the work himself. What implements should he use?

Radio interview source: Dick Parish, Ag Engineering Consultant, Ag Machinery Engineer.com

Listen here: John Deere Maintenance Monday: Trenching and ditching

Selecting show pigs

Pigs are popular animals for kids to raise in 4-H and FFA programs. Know the latest trends and which questions to ask when selecting your show pigs.

Radio interview source: Dale Ricker, Swine Extension Specialist, Ohio State University

Listen here: Selecting show pigs

Winter landscape care

Cabin fever is likely to set in by this time of the year. Go outside on a sunny day and pick up your spirits by giving your landscape a little TLC. There's always something you can do to get ready for spring.

Radio interview source: Greg Stack, Extension Horticulture Educator, University of Illinois

Listen here: Winter landscape care

Country View: Ellen Sandbeck -- Worm wranglers -- Duluth, MN

Ellen and Walter Sandbeck have always been passionate about composting, but it wasn't working in Duluth. There were too many varmints getting into the compost, so Ellen had to find another way. She decided to try vermicomposting, which is composting with worms. Now she has an entire business based on the practice.

Radio interview source: Ellen and Walter Sandbeck, Owners, Laverme's Worms

Listen here: Country View: Ellen Sandbeck -- Worm wranglers -- Duluth, MN

Understanding cross fencing

Cross fences are installed inside a perimeter fence to divide a grazing area. They provide pasture management flexibility, including separating animals, pasture rotation, or to keep animals out of an area if the ground is too wet.

Radio interview source: Bruce Anderson, Extension Forage Specialist, University of Nebraska

Listen here: Understanding cross fencing

Orphaned calves

When calving time rolls around, it's not uncommon to have a few orphans. A mother cow may die during the birth, or for some reason won't accept her baby. You need to have a plan in place if this happens.

Radio interview source: Jane Parish, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, Mississippi State University

Listen here: Orphaned calves

Choosing a manure fork

Manure forks are basically an open-bottom bucket with tines that can be used for many applications, from barn cleaning to clearing light brush.

Radio interview source: Cory Sarver, Engineering Manager, Woods Equipment Company

Listen here: Choosing a manure fork

Minerals for sheep

Choosing mineral supplements for sheep depends greatly on where you live. Soils vary throughout the country in mineral composition, which affects the mineral content of forages. You may need to visit your extension office for a soil profile map, and to discuss typical forage composition.

Radio interview source: Mark McCann, Extension Animal Scientist, Virginia Tech University

Listen here: Minerals for sheep

Dog collar GPS

A GPS dog collar allows you to track your hound within a one-to-nine-mile radius, and always know the exact location of the dog. This brings more peace of mind and enjoyment when you're out with your pet.

Radio interview source: Ted Gartner, GPS Specialist, Garmin

Listen here: Dog collar GPS

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