News and Events

Virtual Winter Crops Day - January 14, 2021

The Southern Research and Outreach Center, Waseca will hold their 2021 Winter Crops Day online only Thursday, January 14, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To join virtually, please register. This is open to the public, producers, farm managers, ag consultants and salespeople or others interested in learning more about production agriculture with an emphasis on crop and soil science are encouraged to attend. 

There is no cost for this event, however donations are appreicated.

Self study CEU’s can be applied for.

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

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.

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. 

record precip

KEYC featured the SROC Open House in a recent news story. Read it and watch the video clip here.

SROC research was recently featured in an article on the Waseca County News. Read it here: Research in Waseca seeks ways to decrease nitrogen in runoff

SROC Scientist Tom Hoverstad was recently featured on a KEYC story about the wet fall and warm temperatures this winter and how they'll impact the upcoming planting season. Click here to view the story.

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