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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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
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