The Blanchard River Demonstration Farm Network is once again offering guided tours for businesses, organizations and students interested in learning about the latest water quality technologies. The three farms in northwest Ohio have been testing new and innovative conservation practices that reduce and prevent nutrient runoff since the project began in 2016.
“There are always so many concepts being tested on our farms, and the results are coming in real time throughout the year,” said Aaron Heilers, Blanchard River Demonstration Farm Network project manager. “With such a variety of practices across the three farms, we have invaluable real-world data to share with anyone interested in Ohio’s water quality and nutrient management efforts. “
Ohio Farm Bureau and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service recently signed a new agreement to continue research on demonstration farms in the fields of field-border monitoring, drainage water management, cover crops and economic analysis and will initiate new research on precision farming, placement of nutrients below the surface, timing of application, and strip tillage.
Visits can be scheduled for one or all of the demonstration farm sites and are ideal for employee outings, extended training and field trips. To schedule a group visit, email or call the Blanchard River Demonstration Farm Network at [email protected] or 937-726-7506.
Meet the farming families of the Blanchard River Demonstration Farm Network and learn more about the research being done on their farms at blancharddemofarms.org.