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What to consider when spreading manure this November

Even in normal years the most ideal window for spreading stored manure can feel brief. And this year has been anything but normal. With a wet spring delaying planting and ultimately corn harvest, along with the arrival of an early winter, it seems the prime time to spread manure has all but disappeared.  In many […]


Watch Runoff During Snowmelt for Best Waterway Locations

February 28, 2014 Right now, the winter snow pack continues to accumulate.  Sometime into March winter will transition to spring and the snow will melt.  Some years snowmelts are spectacular with all the snow leaving in a week; other years they are slow and drawn out.  UW-Discovery Farms research has shown that extreme caution needs […]


2014 Planned Activities

February 14, 2014 One of the stated goals of the Discovery Farms Program is to increase understanding of agricultural impacts on soil, water and air quality and work toward reducing adverse impacts.  We have been working in the Dry Run Creek Watershed for nearly four years to gain a better understanding of the sources and […]

Figure 1: Relationship of ammonium yield to runoff volume.  The “event” is a runoff event shortly after a manure application on snow-covered, ice-crusted ground.

Use caution when applying manure on snowpack

January 31, 2014 For most of the state, the ground is covered in a thick blanket of snow with likelihood of more to come.  With approximately 1 to 1 ½ months before the snowmelt period, it is time to think ahead if you haven’t already done so.  Nearly every winter has a freeze-thaw-freeze period in […]


Discovery Farms Educational Presentations – Winter 2014

January 17, 2014 The Wisconsin winter meeting season is in full force.  This is the time of year when farmers, their commodity production groups, agribusiness professionals, and agricultural educators gather for numerous update meetings.  They participate in continuing education and professional development, become informed of new technology and management, and network with each other. We […]


Apply by February 14th to become a Discovery Farms Core Farm

January 3, 2014 UW Discovery Farms has announced that applications are now available to farmers in Dodge, Jefferson and Rock Counties to become program Core Farms. Application materials can be found at www.uwdiscoveryfarms.org and are due to Discovery Farms by February 14, 2014. A Discovery Farm is an operating, commercial Wisconsin farm participating in an […]


What does a hydrograph look like in real life?

December 20, 2013 Have you ever seen or used a hydrograph? UW Discovery Farms has captured still photos from one of our watershed research sites to create a time-lapse video, to bring a hydrograph to life. Pictures were taken at one hour intervals in the Dry Run Creek watershed, located in St. Croix County. The time-lapse […]

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Considerations for early winter applications of manure

December 6, 2013 Winter has come to Wisconsin.  Cropland through most of the state is now frozen and / or snow covered.  In Wisconsin, most permitted farms do not spread manure in the winter.  There are however many livestock operations that are set up to, and need to spread manure frequently through the winter. Winter […]

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Discovery Farms Winter Conference Set for December 11

November 22, 2013 The 2013 Discovery Farms Winter Conference will take place December 11th at The Wilderness – Glacier Canyon Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. The one day program entitled, “Ag at the head of the table: Innovative partnerships to address water quality targets” will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will end at 4:00 […]

Grass waterway near Cashton, Wis.

Identifying Critical Sites and Verifying Land Management Practices

October 11, 2013 Did you ever stop and think about the difference between planning and accomplishing?  We all have plans, like losing a few pounds, saving more money or becoming more sustainable.  There is no question that planning is important.  But while developing a plan can be a challenge, accomplishing your plans are where the […]