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Featured Farm

Simonsen Farm


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

Farmers in Discovery Farms Minnesota

Paul Simonsen and the Peterson Family discusses the reasons why they are involved with the Discovery Farms Minnesota program. 

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

New Blog Focusing on Discovery Farm Information:

Video: Discovery Farms helps farmers protect water quality

  • Lynn Ketelsen - Linder Farm Network

Discovery Farms profile: Measuring up to a high standard in water quality means the world to Simonsen family

  • Jonathan Eisenthal - Minnesota Cornerstone

Discovery Farms profile: A no-till true believer

  • Jonathan Eisenthal - Minnesota Cornerstone

Discovery farms

  • Jodi Henke - Living the Country Life

Program Updates and Upcoming Events

2014 Year-In-Review – A summary of data collected at Discovery Farms Minnesota core farms in 2014

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



Featured Event

MDA’s Tour Highlighting Edge-of-Field Monitoring


In 2011, MDA hosted a bus tour around southeast Minnesota to visit cutting edge, farmer led conservation projects. The first was the Discovery Farm site in Goodhue County. It was a beautiful day to be out on the farm and an educational event for everyone involved.

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