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Arrival of spring puts focus on farm runoff management

7:03 AM, Apr. 1, 2013
Waterfowl enjoy the open water provided by a low spot filled with snow melt in a field off Humboldt Eaton Town Line Road on Thursday.
Waterfowl enjoy the open water provided by a low spot filled with snow melt in a field off Humboldt Eaton Town Line Road on Thursday.
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Annual problems with groundwater in early spring have largely become a thing of the past in southern Brown County, thanks to greater knowledge and cooperation among farmers, according to Brown County conservationist.

"Most of the land is covered by nutrient management plans now," Jim Jolly said. "We have worked extensively with farmers to do winter spreading plans, and if they did have to spread in the winter, we're making sure they're doing it in areas that, if it does run off, it's not a source of groundwater pollution."

Springlike weather finally seems to be descending onto the landscape ...

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