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Featured Farm

Schafer Farms


Schafer Farms is a multi-generation beef and swine operation in Goodhue County. The swine operation consists of a farrow-to-wean component and cattle are raised on pasture during the growing season and overwinter on corn stalks. Schafer Farms manages a number of acres of pasture for the cattle and also grows corn and alfalfa. 

Featured Video

Farming in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Members of the Discovery Farms Minnesota steer ing committee discuss the background and purpose of 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.

Program Updates - A new blog focusing on Discovery Farms information

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

North Dakota Multi-State Discovery Farms Tour


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.

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