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

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

Research Request Forms Available

The SWROC Research Request Form is now available. Forms should be filled out and emailed to Steve Quiring at Click a link below to download the form:

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.