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)

2020 Events

  • Tuesday, January 7 - Institute for Ag Professionals Research Update
  • Friday, January 17 - Winter Crops Day (Waseca & Rochester)
  • Wednesday, February 5 - What is a Fair Farm Rental Agreement? Workshop 9:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 6 - Horticulture Day (Pre-registration required)

Recent News

The Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) have published the 2019 Field Crop Trials Bulletin. Visit https://z.umn.edu/2019croptrials to see variety trial results for 11 crops, including: alfalfa, barley, canola, corn grain, corn silage, oat, red clover, soybean, spring wheat, winter rye and winter wheat.

SROC is hiring a junior laboratory technician to work in the Nematology Research Lab. This position provides laboratory support to faculty and staff researching Soybean Cyst Nematodes (SCN) and other plant parasitic nematodes. To view the full position description and apply visit: employment.umn.edu/applicants and search for Job ID: 334103

With questions about the position, call 507-837-5649.

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: http://www.keyc.com/story/35763775/farm-forward-utilizing-every-molecule-of-swine-manure.

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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