Southern Research & Outreach Center | Waseca, MN

Overhead view of SROC buildings and fields
Overhead view of SROC fields
Combine in a soybean plot
Two men looking at pigs
Researcher looking at liquid plasma equipment



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U of MN Releases ‘MN-Rothsay’ Wheat

June 22, 2022

The University of Minnesota has released a new hard red spring wheat variety called ‘MN-Rothsay.’ MN-Rothsay features a good combination of yield, protein, and disease resistance and exceptional straw strength.

Aquatic Invasive Species Workshop

June 1, 2022

Statewide conference focused on civic science and invasive species management - Tuesday, June 28

Participants will have the option to view the morning virtual keynote sessions in person at the closest ROC near them or from anywhere of their choosing via Zoom. Once those sessions have concluded, participants can make their way to their nearest ROC for in-person afternoon programming.

The afternoon session in Waseca will be held at the Maplewood Park Boat Landing on Clear Lake, Waseca, MN (on the east side of Waseca off old Hwy 14, across from Kiesler’s Campground) beginning at 1:00 p.m. For those who register by June 21 a box lunch will be served at 12:00. DNR Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist, Carli Wagner, and Duane Rathmann, Waseca Lakes Association, will discuss management of Curlyleaf Pondweed and Eurasian Watermilfoil in Southern MN lakes. There will also be a discussion of aquatic herbicide and mechanical weed harvester projects ongoing in Clear Lake.

The conference will showcase U of M research focused on the prevention, detection and control of invasive species and aims to enhance the state’s civic science network and connect residents to the real impact they can make in their communities. RSVP by June 21 for this event that’s free and open to the public. For those who register for the Waseca location, a box lunch will be served at 12:00, courtesy of a Waseca County grant received to support education of aquatic invasive species. We encourage attendees to dress for the weather. If inclement weather, the Waseca presentation will be held at the Southern Research and Outreach Center, 35838 120th Street, Waseca.

Planting time arrives despite cooler-than-normal soil temps

May 3, 2022

As “slow as molasses in January” aptly describes the start of the 2022 growing season in Minnesota.

About a foot of frost remained buried at 24-36 inches at the Lamberton Southwest Research and Outreach Center as of April 25. While temperatures climbed into the 70s on April 23, nighttime temps plummeted into the 20s and 30s the very next day. Most days in April had trouble reaching 50 degrees.

At the Waseca Southern Research and Outreach Center, soil temperatures were about 15 degrees below normal as of April 26.

Minnesota Ag Stats reported planting progress as of April 24 was the lowest since 2013.