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Yahara Pride Farms Releases Annual Report
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/12/2019

Yahara Pride Farms has released its annual report that documents information and research on the reductions in phosphorus delivered to nearby surface waters by farmers in the Yahara watershed in 2018. YPF has measured on-farm results for six years, and this is the third year that an annual report has been compiled to share program outcomes with the public. Last year, the group documented over 22,000 pounds of phosphorus delivery reduction.

The 2018 phosphorus reduction represents a 20% increase over 2017. Aided in part by cost-share dollars, farmers have made changes to their farming practices in order to help make a difference in the watershed.

"Farmers in the Yahara watershed continue to be supportive of Yahara Pride Farms and seek alternative farming systems and conservation practices that reduce phosphorus and sediment loss," said Jeff Endres, a dairy farmer from Waunakee. "Despite a down ag economy, farmers are still striving to try new things."

The report concludted that farmers remain committed to reducing soil loss and phosphorus to the Madison chain of lakes is necessary. It further noted documentation on about how specific farming practices are reducing phosphorus and the data set is made up of farms in the Yahara watershed, all numbers are from the Yahara watershed

In 2018, five practices were promoted by YPF, including strip tillage, low-disturbance manure injection, low-disturbance deep tillage with cover crops, cover crops and headland stacking of manure. Additional data was collected for combining practices, continuing a practice for multiple years and combined practices over time.

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