Year marked by drought, weird weather

December 29, 2021

Southern Research and Outreach Center researcher Jeff Vetsch says he’s not too worried about this year’s extended dry periods having an effect on crops in 2022, despite the Waseca site’s growing-season rainfall measurement at 14 inches below normal.

Winter Crops Day

December 27, 2021

Winter Crops Day at the UM Southern Research and Outreach Center, Waseca will be held Thursday, January 13. Registration at the door begins at 9:30 a.m. with the program to begin at 10:00 and conclude at 1:30 p.m.

Cost of the event is $40, which will include morning refreshments, lunch and handout materials.

CEUs are available for Certified Crop Advisers.

Minnesota's November Weather Continues 2021's Trend: Warm and Dry

December 6, 2021

Tom Hoverstad Scientist at the Southern Research and Outreach Center at Waseca (SROC) said the drier and warmer than normal pattern continued in November and for the growing season rainfall was 14 inches below normal. However, it was nice that the pattern continued for November because the dry fall made harvest, fall tillage, and fertilizer applications very low stress. November 2020 was miserable as it was cold and we received 8 inches of snow. Maybe Mother Nature felt guilty about last year and paid us back with a really nice fall this year?

2021 University of Minnesota variety crop trial results available now

November 30, 2021

The Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) have published the 2021 Minnesota Field Crop Trials. Visit to see variety trials for 10 different Minnesota crops.

Corn Grain Field Crop Variety Trials

November 26, 2021

2021 Results
The Minnesota Corn Evaluation Program is conducted by the University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station to provide unbiased information for corn growers when they choose which brand of corn to buy and grow. The program is financed in part by entry fees from private seed companies that choose to place their entries for testing.

Minnesota Hybrid Corn Silage

November 26, 2021

2021 Yield Data
The Minnesota Hybrid Corn Silage Evaluation Program evaluates the silage potential of corn hybrids in Minnesota. The goal of the program is to provide unbiased forage yield and forage quality information for educational and marketing programs. The program is financed in part by entry fees from private seed companies that choose to enter hybrids for testing.

Crop Input Seminar set for Dec. 10 in Hutchinson

November 12, 2021

University of Minnesota Extension and Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce will play host to the 2022 Crop Management Input Seminar Friday, Dec. 10, at the Hutchinson Event Center. 

Pre-registration for the event is strongly encouraged by Dec. 1 by contacting the McLeod County Extension office. For more information, contact Karen Johnson, University of Minnesota Extension educator in McLeod County at 320-484-4303 or [email protected].

Was October 2021 the warmest ever?

November 3, 2021

For the first 20 days we were on track for the warmest October ever, by a lot until a cold front moved in.

Izuno shifts focus to research

October 4, 2021

After 20 years leading the Southern Research and Outreach Center (SROC), Forrest Izuno has stepped back from his administrative role to focus on research he is passionate about including liquid plasma applications and the Minnesota Long-Term Agricultural Research Network. 

Under Izuno’s leadership, the SROC developed strong partnerships with the local ag community that promote multidisciplinary research and outreach programs to enhance agricultural production systems across southern Minnesota. He’d like to thank the many partners for their past and ongoing support of the University of Minnesota and the Southern Research and Outreach Center. 

Harvest begins early; area farmers may escape depressed yields

September 23, 2021

“The corn crop is about two weeks ahead of normal,” said Waseca-based scientist Tom Hoverstad, who works in the University of Minnesota’s Southern Research and Outreach Center. “We had an early planting season … and we’ve had a warmer than normal season. Corn really is a heat-sensitive crop.”