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Kimball Tri-County News--Thursday, June 27, 1991 9 Soil &amp; Water Cetseration District ess  for 1991 Mad Mancini and Brenda Gerding. They ore shown with teacher Larry Jensen, left( and District Supervisor Delbert I Jr, High stu n 1st and in essay contest ,'Oil. Our Future Depends ; Was the theme for the ".c ation essay contest i N  eo by the Meeker Soil lct 'ater Conservation Dis- Purpose of the essay give students an of the importance their lives and the im- our soil future generations. contest winners chosen Were: f'h-St place, Bren- and second place, from Kimball Ju- .eSYS will now enter at the area levels, essays submit- hirteen counties in Minnesota. are their winning es- Our future de- it Garding the dust storms Americans knew it was to con- .Soil. It is becoming UnPortant today. l.very important re- ts essential for life. for the growth of in turn provide and animals. Our community is such crops as corn, uats, wheat and 1i1o can ACAaA t.61 which are used to feed the ani- mals. Soil is mostly used for agricultural purposes like farm- land and grazing. It is also used for large forestlands. Of all the many uses, growing food is the most important. We need to con- serve our soil so that we can continue to feed the world. Farmers often enrich the sou so that it stays fertile. They can enrich and Conserve the soil in many ways. Some- times to enrich the soil, the farmers add fertilizers or rotate their crops to replace lost nutri- ents. They may also plow under certain green plants that add or- ganic matter to the soil. Adding animal waste and planting in certain ways may also help. Just by driving through our commu- nity you can see the different methods farmers use to protect their land. I have seen such things as forests/groves and strip cropping. Leaving patches of natural vegetation between fields, contour plowing, terrac- ing and conservation tillage are also other ways. Contour plow- ing and strip cropping both help to slbw down the flow of rain water. Terracing prevents the water from washing down the hillside. Conservation tillage helps reduce the number of times a field needs to be died. Each method is used for differ- ent areas and types of land, but each of them is used for the same purpose: to help slop ero- sio Soil erosion has been a major conservation problem for many Mies ! !lectric Farm, Residential Commercial 764-6045 Kuseske M00onry Professional C<00struct00 Of:. i Brick Footings Block Concrete Stone Flatwork - Driveways Jerry Kuseske - For Estimates Haven, MN 55382 (612) 236-7465 years, especially on larmlands. In our community it is especially important to conserve the soil. Many businesses in the commu- nity depend on farms. Business- es like grain elevators and fertil- izer companies are just a few of these businesses. Soil provides many products as well as recreational areas, such as parks. Sometimes people don't realize it, but soil adds beauty to the world. Flowers, trees, and grass depend on the soil. The richer the soil is, the more the plant fife will prosper. Without healthy soil, these wouldn't grow and the world wouldn't be as pleasant to look aL Rain, water and wind gradu- ally wear down the land, but people gready increased the rote of erosion by removing plant life to build construction sites, min- ing operations and farmlands. Since we increased the rate, it is up to us to decrease it, or at least try to control it. The people of past genera- tions did their best to conserve the soil fot our generation. If ev- eryone in our community and throughout the world does their part and works together, we can save one of our valuable re- sources: Our soil. Soil- Our Future de- pends on it by Mari Mancini Throughout the ages, soil has been an important part of man's survival. Even the cave men de- pended on living in an area with a good soil content, because if the animals they depended on for food couldn't five, for lack of necessary forage, then they, in ram, would not be able to sur- vive either. From the earliest cultivations and domestication of animals, to the first American farmers, taught how to farm and survive in the new worlds by the Indians, to the small farms of the eighteenth and nineteenth cen- turies, to the large industrial farms of today, soil has been an important factor. All life on earth is dependent on soil as a direct or indirect source of food. Farming is the oldest, as well as the most important, occupa- tion in the world. People cannot live without food, and that food has to come from somewhere. Farms not only produce almost all of the world's food, but also various industrial materials such as cotton and wool. Soil has also been a very im- portant factor in the formation, development and economy of many of the towns here in cen- tral Minnesota. If it were not for the rich soil and good farming conditions, the town in which I live might not exist. The Kim- ball businesses depend on farm- ers for their livelihood. Even the grocery stores would be out of business if it were not for the- farmers who shop there. For the farmers and landown- ers it is very important to take care of the soil and protect it against soil polution and ero- sion. Through careless treat- ment, people can destroy, in a few years, the soil that it took natural processes thousands of years to form. Both fertilizers and pesticides can harm the soil and, although these products are designed to help the crops, they may actual- ly, in the long run, be harming the crops and the soil in which they are planted. Fertilizer, if used in too large a quantity, may decrease the ability of bacteria to decay wastes and produce nu- trients naturally, while pesti- cides may harm helpful organ- isms in the soil. Erosion, although Mother Nature designed it as a helpful process, (erosion contributes to the formation of soil, allows rich soil to be deposited, and forms such natural wonders as the Grand Canyon), it has lately been tamed by man into a harm- ful process that must be dealt with,. Because of careless farm- ing practices and the clearing of land for roads, real estate devel- opments, and other construction projects, harmful erosion is more common today than it was when the first settlers came to Minnesota. Farmers must be especially careful of erosion, since it can rob farmland of protective top- soil and wash fertilizers (which can eventually end up in lakes and rivers, causing pollution from fields. Eroded soil can clog irrigation ditches, ponds and reservoirs; gullies caused by flowing water may ruin fields. Some methods farmers must use to protect their soil from wind erosion include crop residue management, conserva- tion tillage, permanent grass or tree plantings, crop rotations, cover crops, wind barriers, and strip cropping, and buffer strips. Without good, rich soil, we would not be able to survive. Though we do not always think of it, soil is actually a very im- port,ant part of our lives, and if we don't work together to save and conserve our soil, every liv- ing being will suffer the conse- quences. Outdoor Dance Friday, June 28th 9-1 Music by Bob & the Beachcombers Civic Park in Watkins Tickets $4.00 in odvance, $5.00 at door . Top three energy users in the home St. Paul--If you think of saving energy as a winter-time pursuit, you are limiting your opportunitios to save money and energy, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Servie (DPSv). "Saving nergy is a year-round concern," said Kris Sanda, DPSv Commissioner. "In fact, most Minnesotans use more energy in the summer than in the winter, making this a great time, while we enjoy the out-of-doors, to think about our energy use and how it affects our environment." In the typeical Minnesota home, the top three energy users are your air conditioner (or furnace in the winter), your water heater, and your refrigerator/freezer. Improving the efficiency of these appliances will reduce your energy bills and the emission of harmful pollutants. The simplest way to cut this costly consumption is through proper operations and maintenance measures. To increase efficiency of air conditioners: +Clean the ceils and fins on the outside condensing unit, vacuum all registers, and replace filters monthly. +Provide shade for the outside unit, making sure not to block air movement. +Set the thermostat at 78 ", or within 17" to 20" of the outdoor temperature. If you are away during the day, install a timer or setback thermeetat to turn the unit on 30 to ee minutes before you crone home. To increase eff/ency of water heaters: +Install a water heater blanket. Kits sell for about $10 at most hardware stores. +Insulate cold and hot water pipes from the unit to the first 20" bend. +Set the temperature at 120". If you have a dishwasher, use a brand of soap that dissolves and rinses well at this temperature rather than using a higher setting. Rdential dishwashers are not designed to "disinfect" dishes, no matter how high the water tenzperature. To increase efficiency of refrigeratorlfree: +Keep the coils clean. A buildup of dirt or dust acts as'an insulator, trapping rather than dispensing heat, making the unit work harder. +Keep the door seals dean so the door shuts securely and to keep the seals from deteriorating. "We hope that by realizing the economic and environmental benefits of these simple measures, energy saving will quieHy become routine practice - all year around," Sands said. For more information about and other energy issues, call the Minnesota ent of Public Service Energy Information Center at 296-5175; or, call toll-free 1-80G-652-g747 and ask for "energy." Pine seeds may blow as Mr as 300 Met from the parent tree.