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Edge-of-Field

These projects are 5 to 7 year studies that focus on increasing the understanding of the relationship between a specific farming system or landscape setting and water quality. Each farm typically has more than one monitoring station. After an initial period of monitoring to determine the current water quality conditions, Discovery Farms staff and the cooperating farmer work together to suggest and implement changes in management, if needed. 

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Watershed Projects

UW Discovery Farms is currently working within two small watersheds, Jersey Valley and Dry Run Creek. Watershed Projects monitor water quality and evaluate land management practices in cooperation with the community of people that live and work within the watersheds. The study watersheds are typical of the surrounding area, both in topography and land uses. These studies will be in place for 7 years.

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Special Projects

Currently, special projects include a nitrogen use efficiency project and a feed storage leachate study. Special Projects are often shorter term projects that focus on a specific environmental concern or region. These projects may involve one farm or may investigate certain management practices across multiple farms. The data collected focuses on a specific area of interest or concern.