Southwest Research and Outreach Center - Lamberton, MN

Southwest Research
and Outreach Center

23669 130th Street
Lamberton, MN 56152

Phone: (507)752-7372
Fax: (507)752-5097

Welcome to the Southwest Research and Outreach Center

Season Extension Day March 4

The Southwest Research and Outreach Center will host Season Extension Day on Wednesday, March 4. This event focuses on high-tunnels – walk-in, plastic covered structures that can extend the fruit and vegetable growing season.

Presentations will discuss composting, pruning and plant spacing, SWROC high tunnel research, IPM, and abundant living on the prairies. Speakers include: Thomas Halbach, U of M Extension Professor, Dept. of Soil, Water & Climate; Terry Nennich, U of M Extension Educator, Horticulture; Paulo Pagliari, SWROC Soil Scientist; Angela Orshinsky, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Plant Pathology; and Nathan Harder, local producer, Jubilee Fruits & Vegetables.

Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. with presentations beginning at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $20.00 and includes lunch and handouts. Click here to download the registration form. Please preregister by Thursday, February 26. For more information, call the SWROC at 507-752-7372. Season Extension Day is sponsored by a CERES Trust Organic Research Initiative grant.

Farmers Lead the Way event March 16

Growers and others in the southwest Minnesota ag community are invited to hear about weather and climate trends and innovative agriculture practices to adapt to them at Farmers Lead the Way. The event will feature Extension Climatologist Mark Seeley and Jerry Hatfield from the USDA National Laboratory for Agriculture & the Environment. Click here for more information & to register.

Winter Crops & Soils Day in Olivia March 17 & Fairmont March 19 

The University of Minnesota Extension and Southwest Research & Outreach Center will host Winter Crops and Soils Day
Tuesday, March 17 in Olivia and Thursday, March 19 in Fairmont. Winter Crops and Soils Day is a public event highlighting current University of Minnesota research that is specific to southwestern Minnesota. Leading experts from the University will be on hand to present information and answer questions. Visit our Upcoming Events page to download the registration form & for full program details.

Farm Management Profitability Conference March 25

The University of Minnesota Center for Farm Financial Management’s Robert Craven and Ed Usset will give keynote presentations at the 2015 Farm Management Profitability Conference on Wednesday, March 25 at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton, Minn. Agricultural producers and farm management and agribusiness professionals throughout Southwest Minnesota are encouraged to attend. Click here to download the brochure & registration form.

Dr. Albert Sims named SWROC Director of Operations


The Southwest Research & Outreach Center (SWROC) is pleased to introduce its new Director of Operations Dr. Albert Sims, Ph.D. Sims brings four years of experience as Director of Operations at the Northwest Research & Outreach Center (NWROC) in Crookston, Minn., to the SWROC. He will serve as Director of Operations at both the NWROC and SWROC, splitting time between the two locations.
“There will be challenges splitting my time between the two places, but finding solutions to challenges is what we do. Though I will still participate in some research, I have essentially traded two jobs at one location for one job at two locations,” explained Sims. “I am honored to be a part of the SWROC team and look forward to getting to know and work with the faculty and staff at the SWROC and those we serve in southwest Minnesota.”

Prior to being named Director of Operations at the SWROC, Sims spent half his time in an administrative role and the other half on research. His research at the NWROC focused on nitrogen and phosphorus management associated with sugar beet and spring wheat production.

Sims holds a doctorate in soil science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh and both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees are in agronomy from University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He joined the NWROC in 1995, earned tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 2001, and was named the NWROC’s Director of Operations in October 2010.

Sims replaces Pauline Nickel, who retired from her position as head of the SWROC after 19 years of leadership. “Pauline has been a great administrator of the SWROC,” Sims said. “Though it will be difficult to fill her shoes, I know I am becoming the director of a ship that is already headed in the right direction.”

SWROC now accepting applications for Summer Plot Technicians 

The SWROC is now accepting applications for Summer Plot Technicians. High school & college students are encouraged to apply, with students studying Agronomy, Soils, Environmental Science & related fields preferred. Students normally work 40 hours per week Monday-Friday & assist in preparation, planting, caring for, sampling, and harvest of crops & collection of research data. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled & interviews will begin in March.

Download the full job description & application here.

Field Crop Trials website updated 

2014 Minnesota Field Crop Trials reports area now available: Click here. Trials include alfalfa, corn silage, barley, corn grain, oat, wheat - hard red spring, wheat - hard red winter, canola and soybean.

Corn Grain & Corn Silage Performance Trial Results Available 

Results from the 2014 University of Minnesota corn grain & corn silage performance trials are now available:

Daily Weather

2015 Summer Student Plot Technicians

SWROC is now accepting applications for 2015 Summer Plot Technicians. Click here to download the full job description & application.

2014 Multi-site Clariva Trial

Click here to view & download the report on a 2014 multi‐site field study on the effects of Clariva seed treatment on soybean yield and Soybean Cyst Nematode reproduction

2015 Drainage Design Workshops 

This year's Extension Drainage Design Workshops will be held in three locations and registration is now open. Click the following link for more information: 2015 Drainage Design Workshops

2014 Minnesota Field Crop Trials 

Results of the 2014 Minnesota Field Crop Trials are available here.

Wheat, Barley & Oats Variety Preliminary Report

A 2014 Wheat, Barley, and Oats Variety Performance in Minnesota Preliminary Report is available from the U of M Extension Service, CFANS, & the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

FairRent at CFFM

FairRent is a free web-app from the Center for Farm Financial Management that allows farmers to quickly and easily evaluate land rental decisions. Use it to evaluate cash, share and flexible rental arrangements.

Insecticide Resistance Management in Soybean

Insecticide (and miticide) resistance is a heritable decrease in a pest population's susceptibility to a pesticide, meaning the genetics are passed from generation to generation. As pest populations become less susceptible to a pesticide, the utility of that pesticide becomes less and less effective to a point where the pesticides may become effectively lost as tools for management of that pest. Read the entire Extension Fact Sheet "Insecticide Resistance Management in Soybeans" (pdf) to learn IPM strategies recommended for insect and mite pests in MN soybeans. This face sheet was written by Robert Koch and Ian MacRae, Extension Entomologists, as well as Bruce Potter, IPM Specialist.