By Tim Kowols
Eleven members of the Peninsula Pride Farms group will participate in a pair of studies focusing on soil and water quality in the region. The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will set up the Door-Kewaunee Watershed Demonstration Farm Network with four PPF members participating in looking over different conservation practices suitable for the area’s karst geography. Seven members will take part in the University of Wisconsin’s Discovery Farms study focusing on tile drainage and soil health. With a goal of continuous improvement, PPF President Don Niles says the two studies will provide their members and other farmers with great information.
Both projects expect to take approximately three years to collect all of the data. Up to 20 field days are currently being planned for the Door-Kewaunee Watershed Demonstration Farm Network to showcase the practices being used to reduce erosion and nonpoint source pollution.