North Dakota Discovery Farms

Science Center Objects

Project Period: June 2008- September 2016
Cooperators: North Dakota State University Extension Service
Project Chief: Rochelle Nustad

Executive Summary:
In 2007, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with North Dakota State University Extension Service
and in coordination with an advisory group consisting of State agencies, agricultural producers, and
commodity groups, implemented a monitoring study as part of a Discovery Farms program in North
Dakota. Three data-collection sites were established at each of three farms near Underwood, Embden,
and Dazey, North Dakota. Runoff and water-quality data were collected from 2008-16. Data collected
during the study were used to describe runoff and water-quality characteristics and are published in two
reports. Runoff and water-quality data were used to help describe the implications of agricultural
conservation practices on runoff and water-quality patterns.

Objective(s):

To monitor runoff and water-quality of runoff from working agricultural farms and describe
runoff and water-quality characteristics from the farms.