Discovery Farm since:
Jim and Jane Heisner, along with their sons and families
Mineral Point, Iowa County, WI
Certified organic dairy/milk
Certified organic cropland to support dairy
This farm was chosen to represent medium sized organic dairy operations that have associated cropland devoted to corn grain, corn silage, small grain and new seeding alfalfa/grass hay.
To discover the reasons for or lack there of nonpoint source pollution on a farm located in the southern end of Wisconsin's driftless region.
Surface water monitoring site designed to study nutrient and soil sediment loss due to runoff from organic (dairy based) crop production, with and without livestock manure. These losses can lead to reduced soil fertility for the farmer.
In-stream water monitoring site designed to study the influence of managed instensive grazing (MIG) on stream water quality where cattle have limited access, and to study the potential influence of a milking and housing facility on the water quality of a stream.
Slideshow of Heisner Family Dairy Pictures