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Features

Featured Farm

Simonsen Farm

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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.



Program Updates

AgWaterExchange.com - 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

 

Events

Featured Event

Minnesota Multi-State Discovery Farms Tour

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The MN multi-state Discovery Farms tour greatly increased the awareness of the agricultural production issues in MN 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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