Outreach and Extension
The SROC is an integral part of CFANS' teaching and outreach mission and conveys university research information in a way that meets the ever-changing needs of local and regional constituents. Outreach programs with continuing education opportunities, field tours and special events provide the means to share the newest research findings and their potential impact.
Present and future projects, programs and activities are coordinated and conducted via a traditionally strong collaborative approach with campus departments, University of Minnesota Extension and stakeholders. The SROC is committed to a research, outreach and education program intended to be of maximum value to the people of Minnesota.
Winter Crop Days
University researchers, Extension specialists and other invited experts present research-based data and information related to profitable, efficient and environmentally sustainable crop production strategies and systems to enhance the value of agriculture and the rural landscape in today’s ever-changing global climate. Certified Crop Advisers may be eligible to earn continuing education units (CEUs) in nutrient, soil and water, pest and crop management.Intended audience: producers, farm managers, agribusiness professionals, lenders, educators, government agency personnel, and others interested in agricultural production and rural issues. At most locations, registration begins at the door at 8:30 a.m. Program begins one-half hour later and concludes with Q&A. Pre-registration is NOT required.
March or April
Intended audience: beginning or seasoned gardeners, landscaping enthusiasts, Master Gardeners, organic growers, fruit and vegetable producers, or anyone interested in learning more about the natural, outdoor environment. Horticulture Day is typically held the first or second Saturday in March at the Southern Research and Outreach Center.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Program typically runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Agronomy Field Tour
Intended audience: producers, farm managers, agribusiness professionals, lenders, educators, government agency personnel, and others interested in agricultural production and the environment. The Agronomy Field Tour is typically held in June at the Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca. Registration begins at the door at 8 a.m. The field tour begins promptly at 8:30, and field stops are not repeated. The tour concludes at about 11:30 with a picnic lunch and time for Q&A. If weather is inclement, the program is held in the SROC Administration Building.
Crop Management Tour - Rochester
Intended audience: producers, farm managers, agribusiness professionals, lenders, educators, government agency personnel, and others interested in agricultural production.
Registration begins at the field site at 9 a.m., followed by the field tour from 9:30 to noon.
There is no charge for the Crop Management Tour (therefore, CEUs are not available).
If weather is inclement, tour is held indoors in the Heintz Center.