Filter strips should be strategically located to reduce runoff and increase infiltration and ground water recharge throughout the watershed.
To avoid damage to the filter strip consider using vegetation that is somewhat tolerant to any herbicides used upslope.
Filter strip size should be adjusted to a greater flow length to accommodate harvest and maintenance equipment.
Consider planting crops in your filter strip, such as fruit trees.
> COMPOSTS MANURE
Composting turns manure into a highly valuable, low odor, and rich topsoil. It requires a balance of carbon, oxygen, and liquid. When done properly, the center of the pile will reach 140 degrees. PURPOSE:
The composting site can be set in several long windrows, 4 to 6 feet high, on compacted ground, gravel or concrete. You can also use several small dry stack-type bays connected side by side, and the manure moved from one bay to the next.
The pile should be turned regularly to mix and aerate. This can be done using a small tractor equipped with a front bucket loader.
Composting requires taking the pile’s temperature.
You may need to apply water to your compost pile occasionally.
Manure and bedding, when mixed properly can transform into compost in as little as six weeks.