Farm dugout in­spec­tion equals as­sured sup­ply

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The many farms de­pend­ing on dugouts to wa­ter live­stock should do reg­u­lar in­spec­tions to make sure the wa­ter sup­ply re­mains vi­able.

Be­fore win­ter sets in is a good time for in­spec­tion, ac­cord­ing to wa­ter spe­cial­ist Dan Ben­son of Al­berta Agri­cul­ture and Forestry.

In­spec­tion needs to con­sider the land/area fill­ing the dugout with wa­ter and the in­take area with cul­vert gates.

He sug­gests the area around the dugout be cleared of de­bris that can flow into the wa­ter and this area should be mowed to free it of weeds.

Graded, grassed and mowed areas can cut down the tur­bid­ity and nu­tri­ents from go­ing into wa­ter and im­prove qual­ity for live­stock. Do­ing this de­ters muskrats from lurk­ing around the dugout.

Trees should be re­moved from the run­way to re­duce leaves from pol­lut­ing wa­ter. Rec­om­mended dis­tance for leaf-bear­ing trees is 165 feet, or 50 me­tres away. Wa­ter in­let gates re­quire in­spec­tion to en­sure ad­e­quate con­trol of wa­ter flow. He said an aer­a­tion sys­tem in­tro­duc­ing wa­ter to the stag­nant dugout needs in­spec­tion, es­pe­cially wa­ter lines. Year-round aer­a­tion with a dif­fuser at the bot­tom of­fers the best qual­ity wa­ter. Make sure pumps are work­ing

Farmers want­ing more in­for­ma­tion should call their lo­cal agrol­o­gist.

Ron Wal­ter can be reached at ron­[email protected] sask­

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