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The Milewski Farm
Milewski Farm is a Century Farm having been owned and operated by the same family for over a 100 years. In the 21st Century Milewski Farm moved from dairy farming to supplying dairy farmers with the resources they need to produce some of the best milk in the world. Through partnerships with neighboring Old Order Mennonite Farmers, Milewski Farm researches and implements best farming practices, maintains and restores wetlands to increase agricultural fields and pastures and increase the quality of our water supply, identifies and protects native pollinators and their ecosystems and produces fruit crops, corn and hay crops for area dairy farms and is currently testing vegetable sites for large scale food production. Contact us to learn more, schedule a visit or find out how you can assist us as we work to feed our nation high quality products.
The Milewski Farm is a family farm in west central Wisconsin which seeks to find the best practices for farming, fruit production and wetland management and then apply these practices to the land.
A Historical Look at Milewski Farm Soil Tests 1967—2020
In our last post we explored how a scientific approach to soil testing could assist in land management decisions. Now we turn our attention to a collection of sporadic soil tests that were done over a 50-year time span.
Soil Testing for Cropping Decisions
It was fun to find old soil tests from when my grandfather farmed here so you may see a couple of posts about the history of soil testing and how to figure out the historical nutrient loss from the different types of testing done over time. For now, we thought a general discussion of soil testing is best.
Peas and Oats in Crop Rotation
The agreed upon crop rotation has been hay-- typically alfalfa or a grass-with corn and sometimes soybeans. We tried Peas and clover in place of hay with a second and third year of oats. Both peas and oats are considered a protein crop when looking at nutrient management for soil needs.
Permaculture is a set of design principles centered on whole systems thinking, simulating, or directly utilizing the patterns and resilient features observed in natural ecosystems.