News and Events

Crop Pest Management Connect - December 8-10, 2020

Crop Pest Management Connect will cover a variety of pest, crop and fertilizer management topics. This three-day, online conference will focus on different crop topics each day: corn (Dec 8), soybean (Dec 9), and alfalfa, tillage, weed science, cover crops and others (Dec 10). Registrants have the option to register for one, two or all days. CEUs for Certified Crop Advisors are available.

Soil Management Summit - December 15-16, 2020

Soil Management Summit (formerly known as Conservation Tillage Conference) emphasizes proven farmer experience and applied science. The Summit features presentations and Q&A with researchers, farmers and agricultural advisors, information from sponsors, and conversations with farmers experienced in different soil health practices. Attendees who attend the entire conference will be offered CCA continuing education units (CEUs).

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

SROC is hiring a farm animal attendant to work in the calf research program, work with calves, feeding & record keeping. This is a fulltime position that requires some weekend and holiday work. Job qualificiations include: a high school degree, 3 years of animal care experience, experience operating farm equipment, and the ability to lift, push and pull up to 75 pounds. To view the full position description and apply visit: Search for Job ID: 338192

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

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.

The application form for the Minnesota Corn Performance Test is now available. Download the Excel spreadsheet: File2020 Corn Performance Application Form

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 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.

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.