News and Events

(unless otherwise noted, all events are held at the Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca)

2017 Events

June 20
Agronomy Field Tour

July 6
Crop Management Field Tour (Rochester)

Recent News

A full-time employment opportunity is available at the Southern Research and Outreach Center: Junior Lab Tech - FT Temp, 12 mo min.  Full benefits. Required H.S. grad/GED with some science coursework and lab exp. Preferred: microscope experience; plant pathology, greenhouse management, & soybean production knowledge. Some light to moderate lifting & prolonged standing/sitting may be required. Extract nematodes from soil and count using microscope, set up greenhouse experiments, enter data in Excel 

Click here for a full job description and to apply. If link does not work, apply online at and search Job ID 318498.  With questions, call 507-837-5649  U of M is an EOEE


SROC's renewable energy research was recently featured in a KEYC News story titled "Farm Forward: Utilizing Every Molecule of Swine Manure". Read/watch the full news segment here:

The Agronomy Field Tour will be held at the University of Minnesota, Southern Research and Outreach Center on Tuesday, June 20. Registration will begin at 8:00 with the field tour departing at 8:30 - 11:30 followed with lunch. The event will be held rain or shine. Cost for this event is $35, cash or check only, includes tour, handout materials, morning refreshments and lunch. View a full event brochure here.

SROC Scientist Tom Hoverstad was recently featured in the  Waseca County News "Portraits of Waseca County. Read the article here: PORTRAITS: Hoverstad enjoys helping local farmers, outdoor work.

SROC Scientist Tom Hoverstad gave a presentation on the record breaking rain events of 2016 at the Waseca City Council's February 7th meeting. Watch the video of his presentation here. Tom's presentation is segment 4b and begins at 21:49.

The cumulative annual precipitation total reached 53.73 inches in Waseca on November 28, 2016. This total brooke the all-time statewide record of 53.51 inches set at St. Fancis, MN in 1991. 

record precip

KEYC featured the SROC Open House in a recent news story. Read it and watch the video clip here.

SROC research was recently featured in an article on the Waseca County News. Read it here: Research in Waseca seeks ways to decrease nitrogen in runoff

KEYC News recently featured the SROC in two news stories focusing on the spring:

1. Speakers at SROC's "All Things Spring" 22nd Annual Horticulture Day, shared gardening tips in a short video

2. SROC Scientist Tom Hoverstad commented on the prospect of an early spring and shared information on when farmers will begin various fieldwork and planting in an article and video on KEYC.

SROC Scientist Tom Hoverstad was recently featured on a KEYC story about the wet fall and warm temperatures this winter and how they'll impact the upcoming planting season. Click here to view the story.