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

Late-Season Scouting for Soybean Video 

A new video from IPM Specialist Bruce Potter is available on SWROC's YouTube channel giving important tips for late-season soybean aphid scouting. View it here. Please contact Bruce Potter or Emily Neperman if you have any topics ideas for future videos you'd like to see.

Cover Crops & Soil Health Field Day September 11

SWROC will host a Cover Crops & Soil Health Field Day on Thursday, September 11. Featured topics will include cover crop integration in corn systems, benefits of soil health and advanced nutrient management, programming assistance for adopting cover crops, and hands-on field demonstrations with new equipment for seeding cover crops. There will also be opportunities for question and answer sessions with presenters. The field day is sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension and the Soil Health Partnership.

FASD Awareness Day is September 9th

September 9 is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day. This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month of each year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy, a woman should abstain from alcohol. 
FASD is an umbrella term describing the range of conditions and disabilities that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. FASD cannot be cured and the damage to the brain is permanent. The only cause of FASD is alcohol use during pregnancy, so FASD is completely preventable.
The SWROC provided a ConnectU professional development workshop of FASD in 2009 leading to families requesting more resources. To access the resources provided, click here.

Organic Bean Field Day September 19

Organic Ben Field Day will be held at the Carmen Fernholz farm near Madison, MN on Friday, September 19 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The University of Minnesota and partners have been conducting research at the Fernholz farm to aid in improving soybean and dry bean varieties for organic systems. Field day attendees will learn about multiple varieties of both general purpose and food-type organic soybeans, dry bean breeding, and the effect of certain agronomic practices have on yield. Click here for more information.

Daily Weather

2014 Soil Moisture Readings Released

The SWROC has released soil moisture readings for August 15, 2014. Soil moisture levels on 8/15 accounted for a total of 2.32" of available moisture which is 1.91" below the historic average of 4.23". View the 2014 Soil Moisture info and a comparative chart on the SWROC weather page, located under the Available Soil Water heading.

IPM Stuff Newsletter

Issue 13 of IPM Stuff is now available. An update on conditions on August 20-21 is also available.

Black Cutworm Network Newsletters and Maps

Bruce Potter and Travis Vollmer are collecting Black Cutworm data from around Minnesota. The newsletters contain information on the black cutworm, its biology, damage to crops and management decisions.

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.