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When fish die off gradually, the cause may be the pond's pH level
If your pond doesn't have just the right pH level, fish are in trouble. pH is the measure of alkalinity or acidity. When the pH of the water is balanced, aquatic life and plants thrive. ...
Check to see if it has the nutrients your crops need
Farm animals supply you with plenty of manure. With the proper management, nutrients in the manure can provide nearly all of your crop nutrient needs. Having the manure analyzed is an essential and...
Reference these tips for healthy cows and calves this spring.
Farmers are volunteering their land for real-world water quality research and education
The Discovery Farms program is a multi-state, farmer-led research and educational effort to gather water quality information from different types of farming systems. The goal is to determine the...
AJ and Kellie Blair are using farm practices to help protect water quality in the Gulf of Mexico
The state of Iowa is a long way from the Gulf of Mexico, but a young Dayton, Iowa, couple is doing what they can to prevent excess nutrients from flowing downstream into the gulf waters. AJ and...
Adding gypsum to the soil has a positive impact on crops and the environment
Hay growers in my area sometimes have to deal with rock-hard soil. There's clay in it, which makes it vulnerable to compaction. One way to make the soil more hospitable is to add gypsum, which is...
If alfalfa isn't drawing enough boron from the soil you might see reduced yields
Alfalfa plants need boron for optimal growth and production. In soils, the nutrient is released from organic matter. If the surface dries out, plants are unable to feed in the zone where most of the...
Watch your garden grow with help from the horse
Listen to the radio story mp3 Horses earn their keep by the pleasure they bring, but they can also help out in the garden. A 1,000-pound horse can generate 8 to 10 tons of manure a year, and...