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Weed Scientist Tom Hoverstad featured in Successful Farming 

Virtual Winter Crops Day - January 14, recording

The Southern Research and Outreach Center, Waseca held their 2021 Winter Crops Day Thursday, January 14.

We did not charge a fee to attend this event. We would greatly appreciate it if you would like to support this event and the continued research at the Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca by making a donation.

It is greatly appreciated if you take the time to complete the evaluation on the program. Evaluations provide useful information for future events and input for speakers.

You may self apply for CEU credits:

A pdf document has been created to assist you in the process to apply for CEUs.

To access the YouTube recording of the January 14, 2021 SROC Virtual Winter Crops Day:

Presentation titles and speakers

Nitrogen Rates For Corn In Southern Minnesota Examined  - Jeff Vetsch, Researcher, SROC 


Nutrient Crediting From Manure - Melissa Wilson Manure Nutrient Management Specialist


Variable Rate Nitrogen - The Jury Is Still Out, But We Know More Than We Used To - Brad Carlson, Extension Educator


Integrating Cover Crops And Liquid Injected Manure - Manuel Sabbagh, Phd Student


Virtual walk around the SROC (BREAK)


Evaluating Cropping Systems For Resiliency Addressing Environmental Change - Gregg Johnson, Associate Professor, SROC


Advancing Intensive Management Of Corn Production For Yield, Profitability, And Nitrogen Stewardship - Jeff Coulter, Extension Educator 


Managing Foreign Matter And Weed Seed In Grain For Exports While Managing Resistant Weeds - Seth Naeve, Associate Professor, Dept. of Agronomy and Plant Genetics


Corn And Soybean Weed Management. Making The Best Use Of The Tools We Have - Tom Hoverstad, Agronomist, SROC 

Wintry October Weather Puts Corn Harvest on Hold - WCCO CBS Minnesota

Tom Hoverstad, Agronomist at the Southern Research and Outreach Center speaks about the October snowfall and the impact on the harvest season.

SROC's Virtual Agronomy Tour  

The UMN Southern Research & Outreach Center held a Virtual Agronomy Field Tour on Wednesday, July 1. View the field tour recording.

Recent News

Weed Scientist Tom Hoverstad featured in Successful Farming 

Calf position graphic

The Southern Resesarch and Outreach Center is currently accepting applications for a Calf Unit Manager. This individual will be responsible for the daily management of the calf barns and implement research studies. Full job description and how to apply: job code 339663. 

The Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) have the 2020 Field Crop Trial results available for: alfalfa, barley, corn grain, corn silage, oat, soybean, spring wheat, winter rye and winter wheat.

KEYC featured the SROC in its series on the agricultural roots of Waseca County by taking a closer look at how the University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center has evolved over the years. Watch the KEYC feature.

Former University of Minnesota Southern Demonstration Farm and Experiment Station superintendent Robert Hodgson was featured in a recent KEYC News story on this history of agriculture education and research in Waseca. Watch the news story here.

The UMN Southern Research & Outreach Center held a Virtual Agronomy Field Tour on Wednesday, July 1. View the field tour recording. 

Research topics covered at the Virtual Agronomy Tour include: 

  • Combining 4R Nutrient Management and Ecological Intensification to Advance Corn Production
  • Sulfur fertilization of corn in Southern MN: Sulfur source and time of application interactions

  • Corn and soybean weed control: A look at 2020 research plots

  • Cover Crop Research - a review of results to date

University leadership is providing us guidance and support as we navigate through the COVID-19 situation. To protect the health and safety of our employees and the public, the SROC is functioning under reduced operations. Please note the following as we work through unknowns of the COVID-19 situation:

  • Upcoming meetings and events at the SROC are cancelled or postponed. With questions about meeting room rentals or events, contact Deanne Nelson.

  • Research activity will continue in accordance with CFANS and SROC policy. If you have research at the SROC and need information on current protocols, contact Jason Stenzel.