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The new tires you bought may not be new at all
When you buy new tires for your vehicle, chances are they’ve been sitting on the shelf for years and they’re not new at all. All tires have an expiration date and if it’s been six-...
Rural roads aren't always safer to drive on than a busy highway
There is a four-lane highway not far from our place that has quite a few accidents. I know people who like to drive on the back roads because they believe they're safer. That might be true, but...
Need help with an issue related to life in the country? We’ve got answers.
QUESTION: How can we tell if our farm pond is safe for swimming? ANSWER: A dip in the pond can be a welcome relief on a hot day, but it’s good to know what you’re jumping into....
Mower accidents happen
Mowing our yard is tricky. There are steep slopes on both sides of our house so it has to be done slowly and carefully, especially since we use a riding mower. Ag Engineer Bobby Grisso at Virginia...
Tuck some air-activated warmers into your clothing to keep you toasty.
Hands and feet are usually the first to feel the cold when you're outside, but body warmers may help. Their pouches are air-activated portable heat for hands and feet. They are designed...
Slow down, and make sure your equipment is outfitted the right way
The tractor is a very handy piece of machinery to have when clearing snow in the wintertime. Pushing it around with a blade is very efficient. But snow also adds another dimension of risk in terms of...
Deer are unpredictable so be ready for them
A couple of years ago my son’s friend hit a deer. Fortunately, Lucas wasn’t hurt, but the front end of his car wasn’t so lucky. As deer move between their bedding and feeding...
With the privilege comes responsibility
My folks have a burn barrel at the edge of their pasture. My dad burns stuff like wood scraps, tree debris and cardboard boxes. He's always careful to note how strong the wind is and if...
Seven safety tips to keep in mind during harvest and throughout the year.
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...