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Featured Farm

Minkota Holstein's LLC

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Minkota Holstein’s LLC is a family dairy farm located in Wright County. The family currently milks 175 cows, and own about 200 acres where they grow feed for their cattle in the form of high moisture corn, corn silage and haylage.


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

New Blog Focusing on Discovery Farm Information: AgWaterExchange.com

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



 

Events

Featured Event

Stearns County Field Day

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

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