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

Frost Injury to Corn & Soybean

In response to the recent overnight low temperatures, University of Minnesota Extension has released articles on frost injury to both corn and soybeans. Click the links below to view these articles:

Strock featured on MPR

SWROC Soil Scientist Jeff Strock was recently featured in an MPR story on agricultural drainage. Strock talks about his subirrigation research. Click here to read or listen to the full story. 

SW MN IPM Stuff Newsletters

The first 2015 Southwest Minnesota IPM Stuff newsletter is now available. Visit the SW MN IPM Stuff Newsletters page to view all of the 2015 newsletters as well as newsletters from previous years. If you'd like to be added to the crop production email list that receives updates when a new newsletter comes out, email

Black Cutworm Reporting Network Newsletters

Bruce Potter & Travis Vollmer are collecting Black Cutworm data from from around Minnesota. A summary map, which indicates where significant captures have occurred, will be prepared. This map and a short newsletter will be posted to the SWROC website each week. The newsletter will contain information on the black cutworm, its biology, damage to crops and management decisions. Click here to visit the Black Cutworm Reporting Network page.

$5 million USDA Research Grant leading research to increase availability of water on farms

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) has awarded a $5 million grant to eight land grant universities and a USDA Agricultural Research Service location. The award was made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Water for Agriculture Challenge Area. The research will focus the agronomic, economic and environmental benefits and costs associated with storing water on farms in various ways for crops to use when they need it and to reduce the amount of nutrients draining into waterways.

The University of Minnesota is one of the universities participating in the research. A team of 15 scientists will collect and analyze data over the next five years aimed at creating solutions to critical water issues like drought and its impact on food and water security.

“Addressing water quantity and water quality problems are expected to become more urgent issues to deal with in the face of increased weather variability and climate change in future. This research will collect data now that will help farmers make better decisions in the future," said Jane Frankenberger, Purdue University professor of agricultural and biological engineering and project director.

Other universities in the research project titled "Managing Water for Increased Resiliency of Drained Agricultural Landscapes" include Iowa State University, North Dakota State University, Ohio State University, University of Missouri, North Carolina State University, and South Dakota State University, as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment.

Jeff Strock, University of Minnesota professor of soil science who’s based at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton, will collect data from a site in southwest Minnesota on a cooperating farmer’s field. The Minnesota research is focused on collection of surface and subsurface drainage water which is diverted into an on-farm pond where it is stored until it is needed for irrigation. On-farm water storage has the potential to reduce the impact of extreme weather variability and drought on crop production by providing opportunities to increase water use efficiency and decrease nitrogen loss through drainage systems.

“The grant takes a synergistic approach to understanding the effects of weather variability and impacts on crop production and water and food security. Gathering input from farmers and resource managers is central to achieving success and for developing tools to improve decision making,” said Strock.

“This kind of partnership between our Research and Outreach Center scientists and local farmers is extremely valuable for both parties,” said Greg Cuomo, associate dean for research in the U of M’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. “We need each other to help find solutions to these challenging issues.”

Drained lands comprise about 25 percent of U.S. cropland, some of it among the most productive in the world. Depending on the weather in any year, they can get too much water from rain and snow and not enough water, such as from drought. Many scientists believe that such conditions are expected to intensify with changing climate.

The project will integrate research, Extension and education to bring new understanding, tools and strategies to increase resiliency of drained agricultural land. Extension and education programs will extend the strategies and tools to agricultural producers, the drainage industry, watershed managers, agencies and policymakers. They also will help to educate the next generation of engineers and scientists designing drainage systems that include storage in the landscape.

The AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area program is designed to help solve critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds across the United States. The current program focuses on critical water resources issues such as drought, excess soil moisture, flooding and water quality. The goal of the program is development of solutions for water management that link food, water, climate, energy, and environmental issues. The grant is part of the USDA-NIFA Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP) program. This project’s researchers include agronomists, agricultural engineers, hydrologists, soil scientists and sociologists.

The Purdue University grant is one of six grants awarded nationally. The grant awards were announced in Washington D.C. on March 24.

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Research Plot Request Forms Available

Our Research Plot Request Form is now available. Form should be filled out and emailed to Steve Quiring at

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

Handy Bt-Trait Table 

Michigan State University's Handy Bt-trait table has been updated. Download it here. This table can help avoid herbicide selection mistakes and surprises from non-covered insects.

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.