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 […]

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Will my corn reach maturity prior to first frost?

August 16, 2013 A common question in parts of Wisconsin this year is: ““Will my corn reach maturity prior to the first killing frost?”  No one knows for sure, but looking at historical data can help identify reasonable expectations for this fall. The average first fall frost date in most of Wisconsin is the last […]

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Getting “Just the Facts” Right

January 18, 2012 UW – Discovery Farms has done a tremendous amount of on-farm research, generated some tremendous data sets on nutrient and sediment losses coming from agricultural settings and has developed a vibrant information and education program.  As with any program there are supporters and detractors, but the key to the success of this […]

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Karst landscapes – Wisconsin and other states working to better understand land management challenges

December 2, 2011 The term “karst” is defined as a geologic formation shaped by the dissolution of a layer or layers of soluble bedrock, usually carbonate rock such as limestone or dolomite, producing fissures, sinkholes, underground streams, and caverns.  The dissolution of bedrock from percolating water can enlarge the fractures/bedding planes or form underground caverns […]

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Report Available for Vertical Tillage Project!-Part 2

November 23, 2011 **A detailed report (12 pages), along with an 8-page factsheet, 2-page brief, and a presentation are completed for our Vertical Tillage Special Project.  Written materials are available at:  www.uwdiscoveryfarms.org.  Soil Conservation:  Sometimes vertical tillage machinery is equated with tandem disking when discussing soil disturbance.  Tandem disks create complete lateral soil movement, compared […]

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Report Available for Vertical Tillage Project!-Part 1

November 22, 2011 A detailed report (12 pages), along with an 8-page factsheet, 2-page brief, and a presentation are completed for our Vertical Tillage Special Project.  Written materials are available at:  www.uwdiscoveryfarms.org.  Introduction:  Wisconsin farmers have begun using a new generation of vertical tillage implements designed to conduct shallow tillage and provide for better crop […]

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Understanding Concentrations, Loads, and Yields

November 1, 2011 Surface runoff monitoring performed by the Discovery Farms Program measures both the concentration of various constituents (sediment, phosphorus, nitrogen, etc.) and volume of runoff for individual runoff events.  Measured concentrations are usually reported in milligrams/liter (mg/L) or parts per million (ppm) and are used to describe the amount or mass of a […]

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Saxon Homestead Farm Graduation Reports

June 9, 2011 For the early participants of the Discovery Farms program, graduation reports that cover various aspects of the on-farm research conducted, have been completed or are in the process of being produced.  The initial phase of research completed at Saxon Homstead Farm, Inc. has been released. Many of you reading this may have […]

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USGS Scientific Investigations Report

June 7, 2011 The USGS Scientific Investigations Report, Precipitation-Runoff and Water-Quality Characteristics at Edge-of-Field Stations, Discovery Farms and Pioneer Farm, Wisconsin, 2003—08, is now available.  This document summarizes hydrologic and water-quality data collected year-round at 23 edge-of-field monitoring stations on 5 privately owned Discovery Farms and on Pioneer Farm during water years 2003–08, totaling 84 site-years […]

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