News and Events

(All events are open to the public and, unless otherwise noted, are held at the Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca)

2019 Events

2020 Events

  • Friday, January 17 - Winter Crops Day (Waseca & Rochester)
  • Friday, March 6 - Horticulture Day (Pre-registration required)

Recent News

SROC is hiring a farm animal attendant to work in the calf research program, work with calves, feeding & record keeping. To view the full position description and apply visit: and search for Job ID: 332204

With questions about the position, contact David Ziegler at (507) 837-5645.

UMN Extension Corn Specialist Jeff Coulter will present a seminar on sustainable corn-based cropping systems at the University of Minnesota Southern Research & Outreach Center on Thursday, August 8, at 10:00 a.m. This seminar will discuss recent advances in cover cropping, crop rotation, and nitrogen management to provide a base for further innovations in corn-based cropping systems. The seminar is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Corn is the most ecologically and economically significant crop in Minnesota and the United States. From 2016 to 2018, corn was planted on 41 and 29% of the annual cropland in Minnesota and the United States, respectively. Therefore, it is imperative that corn-based cropping systems be productive, environmentally sustainable, and profitable. Important challenges in corn production include nitrogen management, soil conservation, and variability in growing conditions. Integrated agronomic practices based on ecological principles are key to addressing these issues and achieving sustainable corn-based cropping systems.

The University of Minnesota (UMN) has released a new hard red spring wheat variety called ‘MN-Washburn.’ MN-Washburn features excellent straw strength and good overall disease resistance. In particular, it contains the bdv2 gene for resistance to Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYDV) making in an excellent choice in years when BYDV is prevalent.

The University of Minnesota (UMN), in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan, has released a new white hull oat variety called ‘MN-Pearl.’ MN-Pearl is a high-yielding variety with good straw strength and high groat percentage. It also has good overall disease resistance including moderate crown rust resistance and excellent smut resistance.

The 2018 Corn Grain Field Crop Trials Results are available now.

The Minnesota Corn Evaluation Program is conducted by the University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station to provide unbiased information for use by corn growers when they choose which brand of corn to buy and grow. The trials are conducted throughout southern, central and northern Minnesota.

The Minnesota Hybrid Corn Silage Evaluation Program evaluates the silage potential of corn hybrids in Minnesota.

The 2018 corn hybrid testing application/information is now available. Click here to download the spreadsheet/application. Applications should be sent to Wade Ihlenfeld

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:

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. 

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