Living the Country Life

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Farmers around the country are volunteering for a surface-water runoff study
The Natural Resources Conservation Service, or NRCS, wants to prove that voluntary conservation efforts by farmers are valuable to everyone. A project called “Edge of Field Monitoring”...
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The best defense against a flooded basement is a sump pump
When there’s a lot of rain, our sump pump gets a workout. When the water rises to a certain level in the sump pit, the pump kicks on and disperses the water away from the house.  If you...
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Under federal law, people have recreation rights on a stream or river running through your property
Several years ago I was canoeing on a river and nearly got hung up on barbed wire fences that were strung from bank-to-bank. The landowners probably put them there to keep cattle from going...
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Pay attention to water conditions and use common sense to avoid health risks
It feels good to take a cool dip in the pond on a hot day.  But there's always more to the water than meets the eye. Bob Broz is an extension water quality specialist at the University...
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Don't throw away those old farm machinery tires. Hook them up to a water supply, and you've got an excellent watering tank for livestock
Livestock need a continuous supply of fresh water, but many producers are concerned about the cost and durability of water tanks. Recycled machinery tires are heavy-duty, and the animals can't...
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You shouldn't have to hold your nose while drinking a glass of water
Radio interview source: Karen Mancl, Water Quality Specialist, Ohio State University   Listen to the radio mp3 or read below If your water smells like rotten eggs every time you turn on the...
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Keep watering if the weather allows
Water is the single most important resource for tree survival and growth. Bob Atchison with the Kansas Forest Service says more than 80% of variation in tree growth is related to water supply...
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Tap into a natural spring on your property to provide water for livestock. Spring-fed systems are a dependable supply of high-quality water year-round.
Radio interview source: Jeff Bettinger, District Conservationist, NRCS Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below   Springs help keep water level constant and your...
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When water tables drop, follow these steps to make sure your well stays healthy
In times of drought, protecting groundwater through conservation, as well as contamination prevention, takes on added importance. “Using water wisely is important no matter where one lives....
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To understand how water moves around your property, you have to define the watershed area. This information can determine conservation practices and pond capacity.
Radio interview source: Wayne Gobovich, National Agricultural Engineer, NRCS Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below   Stand on a low point and look uphill. The area...

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