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Featured Farm

Simonsen Farm

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Simonsen Farm is a crop farm located in southeastern Renville County in central Minnesota.  The farm, which is owned and operated by Paul and his wife Janet, produces corn, soybean, sweet corn and peas.  Paul is committed to balancing conservation and production on his second generation farm. 


Featured Video

Intro to Discovery Farms MN

Discovery Farms Minnesota is a farmer-funded, farmer-driven project to measure soil and nutrient loss from farm lands and to assess the effectiveness of various conservation farming methods for improving water quality and soil retention.

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

Chisago County Field Day

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A group of local farmers and county leaders met at the Chisago County Discovery Farm to discuss the program and view the monitoring equipment.

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