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Featured Farm

Nordick Farm


The Nordick Farm located in Wilkin County. The farm produces corn and soybeans in the Red River Valley.

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.

Program Updates - A new blog focusing on Discovery Farms information - New farmer network to share information and collaborate on topics related to water quality and soil conservation

2015 Year-In-Review - A summary of data collected at Discovery Farms Minnesota core farms in 2015

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



Featured Event

MAWRC Sediment Seminar


Minnesota farmers demonstrated their strong commitment to protecting soil and water resources by participating in a day-long research forum on soil erosion and river sediment movement. The event, hosted by the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center, served as a forum for experts in sediment science, agricultural drainage and resource protection.

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