Benton SWCD

Welcome to the Benton Soil & Water Conservation District


14 2nd Avenue West
Foley, MN 56329


Phone: (320) 968-5300 Ext. 3
Fax: (855) 739-3983

2016 Trees Available to Order Now!

10/26/2015 - The Benton SWCD is pleased to announce the start of the 2016 tree ordering season has begun. All Benton County residents should have received a green tree order form in the mail this past week. If you do not receive one, the order form can be picked up at our office or can be downloaded from our website at trees are available on a first come first served basis, so place orders early for best selection.

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Ag Weather Network

Two Campbell Scientific Weather Stations were installed in the fall of 2014. These Weather Stations were built at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. This project is funded through Benton SWCD/NRCS & Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Campbell Scientific has implemented their weather stations to obtain meteorological data for teaching and research. The weather station sensors measure air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, wind direction, solar radiation, precipitation, and barometric pressure. 2015 Weather Station

The information gathered from the weather stations will be used for Irrigation Scheduler Program to calculate evapotranspiration (ET). ET is the process of transferring moisture from the earth to the atmosphere by evaporation of water and transpiration from plants.  Click on the link below to access the ag weather network.  











Cover Crops for Sustainable Crop Rotations

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Cover Crops are an indispensable tool. They are planted to slow erosion, improve soil health, enhance water availability, smother weeds, help control pest and diseases, increase biodiversity, and bring a host of other benefits to your farm.   Click here to learn more.

Outstanding Conservationist recognized at State Convention

12/18/2014 - Mark & Pam Skroch and family of Rice were recently honored as outstanding conservationists at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, December 7-9, 2014 in Bloomington, Minn. They were selected by the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for the award.

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