Much of our vegetable crop research supports the vegetable-processing industry in the state and region. These crops are grown from the Minnesota River Valley in west-central Minnesota to the far southeastern corner of the state. The farm value of processing peas and sweet corn in Minnesota exceeds $120 million. Annually, we conduct pea variety trials to support this industry. We also have a pea root-rot nursery to study pea diseases. Managing nitrogen to increase efficiency and sustainability in sweet corn is a major focus of research at SROC as well. The research and outreach center links the University and its research to Minnesota's vegetable-processing industry.
We not only serve commercial growers, but we also serve fresh-market growers and gardeners by providing current, relevant information through research, publications and presentations.
- We are studying pinch timing for production of uniform, high-yielding Brussels sprout plants.
- We are studying starter fertility and plastic mulch effects on fresh-market tomato productivity in soils with adequate fertility.
- Our vegetable research is well-integrated with our nutraceutical research.