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Science meets seat-of-the-tractor observations with Discovery Farms


September 4, 2019

For Jack Herricks, whose farmhouse is just yards away from a watercourse draining hundreds of acres, issues of runoff, pollution and farm prosperity are practical realities.

The Herricks family milks 600 cows east of Cashton, in west-central Wisconsin. They also raise crops on 1,400 acres, many of them directly uphill from the house. During the floods of 2018, as water streamed off the fields, the milking parlor was kaput for 11 hours. That’s an eon for dairy cows — and farmers.

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