Testing and Treatment

Information on testing and treating water for agriculture, including interpreting analysis reports, the safe use of agricultural water, water from natural gas drilling, private water system management and tips for buying water treatment equipment.

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Flooding around your home and on the farm could be leading to issues you need to address. Image Credit: Jennifer Fetter
After the Flood – Recovery Considerations for Rural Pennsylvanians - Articles Articles

After the Flood – Recovery Considerations for Rural Pennsylvanians

Jennifer R Fetter, Leon Ressler, Andy Yencha

Parts of Pennsylvania were drenched with heavy rains and flooded streams recently. In addition to drying out wet basements, there are few important things that rural Pennsylvanian’s might want to pay special attention to. More
Water Requirements Under the Food Safety Modernization Act
Water Requirements Under the Food Safety Modernization Act - Webinars Webinars
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Dr. Luke LaBorde from the Penn State Department of Food Science discusses water quality as it relates to food safety. More
Results from Livestock Water Supply Testing in Pennsylvania
Results from Livestock Water Supply Testing in Pennsylvania - Webinars Webinars
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Bryan Swistock from Penn State discusses results of a research study on the quality of water supplies for livestock, especially dairy cows. More
Feed Management Effects on Watersheds
Feed Management Effects on Watersheds - Webinars Webinars
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This webinar highlights how properly balancing phosphorus levels in dairy and beef rations relates to and effects manure phosphorus excretion levels. More
Assessment of Energy Crops to Improve Water Quality
Assessment of Energy Crops to Improve Water Quality - Webinars Webinars
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According to the Chesapeake Bay Model, planting biomass crops like switchgrass and winter crops like winter rye and winter oilseeds can reduce nutrient pollution. More
Core Topic Briefs: Ground Water Model
Core Topic Briefs: Ground Water Model - Videos Videos
This video shows movements of water under the earth and how pollution might affect drinking water. (Modelo de Agua Subterranea) More
River Basin Approaches to Water Management in the Mid-Atlantic States
River Basin Approaches to Water Management in the Mid-Atlantic States - Articles Articles
Interstate conflict over water resources is growing in the Mid-Atlantic region. As population increases and industries and energy sources shift, water becomes in greater demand. More
Biosolids Quality Biosolids Quality - Articles
Application of sewage sludge to farmland has been a common practice in Pennsylvania for many years and allows this material to be recycled, rather than incinerated or disposed of in landfills. More
Irrigation Water Quality Guidelines for Turfgrass Sites
Irrigation Water Quality Guidelines for Turfgrass Sites - Articles Articles
Irrigation water quality is becoming an important issue for managers of golf courses, athletic fields, and institutional grounds in Pennsylvania. More
Irrigation is considered preharvest water.
Safe Uses of Agricultural Water - Articles Articles

Safe Uses of Agricultural Water

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Risk factors associated with the water we use to grow, harvest, and handle fresh produce and how to reduce the risk of contamination. More
Vertical Flow Wetlands
Vertical Flow Wetlands - Articles Articles

Vertical Flow Wetlands

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Vertical flow wetlands (VFW) are a relatively new tool for treating waters acidified by mining or acid deposition. More
Greenhouse and nursery for vegetables and ornamentals at the Southeast Agricultural Research & Extension Center in Landisville, PA
A Water Quality Toolkit for Greenhouse and Nursery Production - Articles Articles
Water quality plays a critical role in determining successful production of nursery and greenhouse crops, and should be considered in fertilization management and disease control. More
Are Roadside Springs Safe?
Are Roadside Springs Safe? - Videos Videos

Are Roadside Springs Safe?

Bryan Swistock, Susan Boser, Mark Madden, James Andrew Clark, Diane Oleson, M.S., Amy Galford, Gary William Micsky

Many people drink water from roadside springs in Pennsylvania. But recent research suggests that you should use caution when consuming spring water. More
Solving Water Problems
Solving Water Problems - Videos Videos
Most drinking water issues can be resolved by considering water treatment, pollution control, or alternative water sources. More
Where Does Your Drinking Water Come From?
Where Does Your Drinking Water Come From? - Videos Videos
Educational resources on proper management of private water systems including wells, springs, and cisterns. More
Water Well Maintenance and Rehabilitation
Water Well Maintenance and Rehabilitation - Articles Articles

Water Well Maintenance and Rehabilitation

Bryan Swistock, Dana Rizzo, M.S.

Water wells require regular maintenance to ensure adequate water flow and optimum water quality. More
Using Low-Yielding Wells
Using Low-Yielding Wells - Articles Articles

Using Low-Yielding Wells

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

There are several steps that can be used to increase the adequacy of a low-yielding well. More
Tips for Buying Water Treatment Equipment
Tips for Buying Water Treatment Equipment - Articles Articles
The following tips will assist the homeowner with the purchase of water treatment equipment. More
Shock Chlorination of Wells and Springs
Shock Chlorination of Wells and Springs - Articles Articles

Shock Chlorination of Wells and Springs

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Shock chlorination can be used to disinfect water supplies that have been contaminated as a result of a contamination incident. More
A small roadside spring located along a state forest road in northcentral Pennsylvania.
Roadside Springs - Articles Articles

Roadside Springs

Bryan Swistock, Susan Boser, Mark Madden, Diane Oleson, M.S., Amy Galford, Gary William Micsky, James Andrew Clark

This article discusses a research study on the water quality and use of numerous roadside springs across Pennsylvania. More
Removal of Arsenic from Wells in Pennsylvania
Removal of Arsenic from Wells in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles
Arsenic occurs in groundwater from both natural sources and man's activities. Several treatment options are available to remove arsenic from water. More
Reducing Radon in Drinking Water
Reducing Radon in Drinking Water - Articles Articles
Radon gas can sometime be dissolved in drinking water from water wells. Included are some methods to reduce radon in drinking water. More
Rainwater Cisterns: Design, Construction, and Treatment Rainwater Cisterns: Design, Construction, and Treatment - Articles
Roof-catchment cisterns are systems used to collect and store rainwater for household and other uses. More
Proper Water Well Construction
Proper Water Well Construction - Articles Articles

Proper Water Well Construction

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Sanitary water well caps and a grout seal around the casing can prevent surface water contamination of water wells. More
Private Water Systems FAQs
Private Water Systems FAQs - Articles Articles
Frequently asked questions about private wells, cisterns and springs. More
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