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Applicator saves the day


April 22, 2009
By Marg Land

April 20, 2009, Des Moines, IA – Quick action by a manure applicator kept a 4,000-gallon manure spill from becoming worse.

April 20, 2009, Des Moines, IA – Quick action by a manure applicator kept a 4,000-gallon manure spill from becoming worse.

According to a report in the Globe Gazette, Tim McCandless was land-applying manure when a line supplying manure to the applicator came undone. McCandless constructed a berm across a ditch on the farm to keep the manure from flowing downstream.

The spilled manure was pumped up and land applied.

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Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources praised the quick action and urged producers to have emergency plans in place.

“Alertness and fast action on the part of the applicator had helped avoid further contamination,” said Jeff Vansteenburg, supervisor of the Iowa DNR’s field office in Mason City.

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