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Demo Farm Network Helps Deer Run Dairy Thrive: Demonstrating Advanced Farming Technologies

low angle view of a partially harvested field of crops
No-till alfalfa, peas and oats into rye (June 2019).

Deer Run Dairy, in Kewaunee, Wis., wanted to keep the farming legacy their grandfather started thriving. Duane and Derek Ducat milk 1,500 cows, manage 2,400 acres, and do custom work on 1,400 acres in the area.

In partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the brothers joined on as a Demonstration Farm Network to try advanced farming technologies like low disturbance manure applications, cover crops, planting green, and more.

Read the full article (PDF, 2 pp) to learn about their successes.

(L to R) Barry Bubolz, NRCS Area Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Coordinator, with Derek Ducat, on a field planted with barley, winter rye and radish. The field is planned to go into no-till alfalfa.