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Featured Farm

Half Century Farm


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

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 - 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

Chisago County Field Day


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

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