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Featured Farm

Simonsen Farm


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

Intro to Discovery Farms MN

Discovery Farms Minnesota is a farmer-funded, farmer-driven project to measure soil and nutrient loss from farm lands and to assess the effectiveness of various conservation farming methods for improving water quality and soil retention.

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

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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