The three farms participating in the network are:
Lake Breeze Farms
Lake Breeze Farms is run by Brian and Roger Karrels, a father-and-son team. They operate a 2,000-acre cash grain farm in the Town of Port Washington.
They use cover crops to improve soil health and although they are not currently using no-till, are looking to demonstrate what a transition from conventional to no-till may look like for a farmer considering the switch.
Redline Dairy Farm, LLC
Redline Dairy Farm operated by Matt Winker and his wife, Sarah.
The couple, along with their two daughters, milk 125 Holsteins and grow alfalfa, corn and soybeans.
Winker aims to show area farmers how he uses no-till on his farm — something others have said cannot be done near Lake Michigan.
He also is interested in demonstrating how he uses cover crops and plans to experiment with crimping into rye. Winker said no one around his area has tried crimping, but he sees benefits in reducing herbicide treatments and hopes to give it a try next year.
Melichar Broad Acres
Jim Melichar, who also serves as president of the Milwaukee River watershed Clean Farm Families, and his son, Adam, operate a family-owned dairy farm also in the town Port Washington.
Milking over 1,400 cows, and running over 1500 acres of mostly corn and alfalfa, the Melichar's also realize the importance of caring for the soil and eliminating as much runoff as possible.
They are interested in demonstrating interseeding of cover crops, along with no-till and low disturbance manure application.