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Featured Farm

Meyer Dairy

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Meyer Dairy is a 175 cow dairy located in Stearns County. The Meyers grow corn and alfalfa and manure management is a key to their farming system. Their manure management system involves regular soil testing, manure testing and proper nitrogen crediting. 


Featured Video

Dynamic Runoff Event

A single rainfall event can contribute the majority of runoff for the entire growing season. These events are episodic and region specific. That's why Discovery Farms Minnesota uses automated equipment that collects samples whenever water is flowing. This time lapse video shows a runoff event that occurred over 16 hours on June 15, 2011. 

Welcome to Discovery Farms Minnesota

Discovery Farms Minnesota is a farmer-led effort to gather field scale water quality information from different types of farming systems, in landscapes all across Minnesota. The mission of the Discovery Farms program is to gather water quality information under real-world conditions. The goal is to provide practical, credible, site-specific information to enable better farm management.

The program is designed to collect accurate measurements of sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus movement over the soil surface and through subsurface drainage tiles. This work leads to a better understanding of the relationship between agricultural management and water quality.


In The News

Farming in Land of 10,000 Lakes requires soil management

  • Andrea Johnson - The Minnesota Farm Guide

Discovering a model for water quality

  • Jonathan Eisenthal - The Farmer

Discovery Farms demonstrate best management for yield, environment

  • Jonathan Eisenthal - The Farmer

KSMQ's Farm Connections Episode 607 & Episode 508

  • Dan Hoffman - KSMQ 


Program Updates and Upcoming Events

2013 Year-In-Review – A summary of data collected at Discovery Farms Minnesota core farms in 2013

Kandiyohi County Special Project Update – A summary of data collected at the Kandiyohi County Project

Discovery Farms Minnesota Program Overview – A summary of program goals, projects, and organization



 

Events

Featured Event

Arkansas Multi-State Discovery Farms Tour

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The Arkansas Discovery Farms Program hosted a multi-state Discovery Farms tour in  September 2012. The tour highlighted Discovery Farms projects in Arkansas as well as agricultural and water related issues in the state.

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