Manitowoc County Discovery Farms Project Area
Discovery Farm since:
Fall 2004 surface water site
Jim and Sandie Fitzgerald and their three daughters: Kelly Goehring, Julie Maurer and Stacy Klotz
Northwest of Cleveland, Manitowoc County, WI
Corn and alfalfa for on-farm feeding
This farm was chosen to represent conventional, total confinement large-scale dairy operations that have associated cropland. Farm location is in the Great Lakes Basin, a region once glaciated. Gentle to moderate sloping (2-6 percent slopes) landscape. Nutrient and soil sediment loss due to runoff in surface discharge of fields with liquid dairy manure was also studied.
All manure is incorporated within 72 hours with a disk.
Follows USDA-590 nutrient management standards-phosphorus based
Manure storage system
Monitoring in Place:
Monitoring removed in Fall 2006.
Intermittent stream surface monitoring station.
Surface water runoff quality of corn and alfalfa fields with liquid dairy manure. The manure is typically applied to cropland in fall. Spring manure applications and applications to alfalfa ground between cuttings are also occasionally conducted. Manure is held in a pit when conditions warrant no spreading.
Soaring Eagle Dairy Website
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View Soaring Eagle Dairy Presentations
- History of Manitowoc Discovery Farms
- Farm, Site and Study Design
- Equipment, Procedures and Sampling
- The Water Budget
- Sediment and Nutrient Losses
- Impact of Program