The SROC nutrient management research team develops, conducts, and disseminates research with the goal of optimizing crop production while minimizing negative impacts on water quality and the soil resource. Our research focuses on nutrient management of corn and soybean with an emphasis on nitrogen management of corn.
Much of our research has been conducted on Nicollet and Webster clay loam soils at the SROC. However, we’ve conducted research trials in 10 southern Minnesota counties to relate to the varying soils and climate conditions. We use the data from these projects in collaboration with U of M state soil fertility specialists to improve fertilizer guidelines in Minnesota and throughout the North Central Region.
Our research projects are conducted in conjunction with faculty members in the University of Minnesota Department of Soil, Water and Climate and the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics. We also work closely with the Minnesota Corn Grower’s Association and the Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) of Minnesota.