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

Organic Field Day July 15th

SWROC's annual Organic Field Day will be held on Wednesday, July 15th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The event will start with a field tour of the research projects being conducted at the SWROC including dry edible beans, organic high tunnels, cover crops, and oat varieties and fertility. SWROC staff as well as staff from the St Paul campus will be on-site to discuss their research. After lunch, three speakers will discuss marketing of organic crops. Click here for more information and to download the registration form.

Organic Field School July 22nd

The SWROC will host its second Organic Field School on Wednesday, July 22nd at the SWROC near Lamberton. The event will mainly be a teaching and demonstration activity to show farmers how to use a flame weeder, tine weeder, rotary hoe, and the Lilliston Rolling Cultivator to control weeds during various corn and soybean growth stages and growing conditions set up by SWROC staff. This will be an in-field hands-on teaching activity and farmers are advised to dress appropriately. Click here for more information and to download the registration form.

2015 Field School for Ag Professionals July 29-30 on St. Paul Campus

The 2015 Field School for Ag Professionals will be held on July 29-30 at the University of Minnesota Agriculture Experiment Station, St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota. The two-day program focuses on core principles in agronomy, entomology, weed and soil sciences on the first day to build a foundation for participants and builds on this foundation with timely, cutting-edge topics on the second day. Click here for more information and to register.

Southwest Minnesota Ag Lenders Conference August 11th

The 32nd annual Southwest Minnesota Ag Lenders Conference will be held on Tuesday, August 11th at the SWROC. Agricultural lenders and farm management and agribusiness professionals throughout Southwest Minnesota are encouraged to attend.

Brian Buhr, Dean of the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences, will deliver a keynote address titled “Grand Challenges in Agricultural Research: Science and Policy”. Dale Nordquist, associate director of the U of M Center for Farm Financial Management, will present “Preparing for the Next New Plateau”. Click here to download the registration form.

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.  

Daily Weather

Nitrogen Management: Considerations for side-dressing

The concerns around Nitrogen application under wet soil conditions are discussed in recent post on the Minnesota Crop News blog.
Click here to read the full blog post.

Avian Influenza Factsheet

University of Minneosta Extension has released an updated fact sheet on avian influenza. Click here to download the fact sheet.

Cropland Rental Rates for Minnesota Counties

University of Minnesota Extension released an updated document on Cropland Rental Rates for Minnesota Counties. Click here to download it.

Research Plot Request Forms Available

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

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.