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.
Cooperation between government agencies, commodity groups and farmers has been the key to the past and future success of Discovery Farms Minnesota. More information is available on their website https://discoveryfarmsmn.org/.
Funding for the project is in part from Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.
Other partners are: MN Department of Agriculture and MN Agriculture Water Research Center.
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