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Featured Farm

Half Century Farm

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Half Century Farm is a swine finishing and grain operation located in Blue Earth County. The farm grows corn and soybeans and utilizes swine manure as a source of fertilizer for the crops.


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

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

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

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

North Dakota Multi-State Discovery Farms Tour

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The ND multi-state Discovery Farms tour greatly increased the awareness of the agricultural production issues in ND with a much better understanding of the cropping/livestock systems and how the climate, topography, and hydrology pose challenges to water quality.

Real-time Data

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