Farm and Dairy’s week in review: 10/11

Week In Review 10/11

Here are this week’s top stories from Farm and Dairy:

1. Research shows residual hydraulic fracturing water no risk to groundwater

A group of researchers from Penn State, Cornell University and Shell International Exploration and Production Inc. have found that fracking water injected into a well remains in the rock formation. Despite contrary opinions, the team maintains that groundwater is not affected by fracking.

The team’s study consisted of experiments with sample cuttings from the Marcellus Shale and the Haynesville Shale in Louisiana. The results of the study show that groundwater contamination isn’t likely as a result of unconventional drilling.

2. Jewett farm builds corn maze to raise money

In Jewett, Ohio, one family built a five-acre corn maze on their farm to raise money for the town’s community center, which was in need of funding for building maintenance.

The Jewett Wildcat Corn Maze features 8,500 feet of path using GPS technology. Aside from researching corn maze building methods, the family visited other corn mazes.

3. Solving the stink bug problem

Stink bugs are one of the hardest pests to get rid of. They aren’t harmful to humans and animals, but unfortunately, they have been known to destroy crops.

If you’re experiencing problems with stink bugs, there are several simple solutions to consider, including a homemade trap inside the home and insecticides outside of the home.

4. Heating with wood: Three mistakes to avoid

Heating your home with wood is not only energy efficient, it’s economical.

Before you rush out to purchase a wood stove or firewood, familiarize yourself with how to heat with wood. Making mistakes when heating with wood can lead to extra expenses and headache. Make sure you’re familiar with the amount of firewood you’re purchasing, the types of wood to use and how your wood stove functions.

5. “Leave” autumn leaves on your lawn for a healthy yard and clean water

It’s common for people to rake their leaves and place them in piles near the street for pick-up services during the fall, but skipping the raking may have better results than a cleaned-up yard.

Allowing leaves to “recycle” where they fall is a natural process. Over time, the leaves will be transformed by worms and other soil organisms and will feed the grass, plants and trees on your property. The soil will benefit from this recycling process, too.

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