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

Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs Prevention Workshop coming Friday, May 16

What Works in Prevention: Alcohol,Tobacco, Other Drugs (ATOD) is the focus for a workshop offered Friday, May 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the SWROC. Community members interested in prevention including those from K-12 education, law enforcement, social services, probation and court services as well as those in public and mental health are encouraged to attend. Highlights include: U of M professor Ken Winters speaking on overall best practices in prevention, a four county Drug Task Force detective discussing drug trends in southwest Minnesota, panel of presenters from local coalitions, and a resource fair. Registration is $15 which includes lunch. More details including a registration form are found in the brochure

U of M Extension and the SWROC have partnered with Regional Prevention Coordinators to offer this ATOD prevention workshop. Regional Prevention is funded through the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division.

A Sure Sign of Spring! SWROC's Horticulture Day on Thursday, April 10

Spring is here and if you are getting ready for the upcoming growing season, you should plan to attend the SWROC's Horticulture Day on Thursday, April 10, 2014. This year's Horticulture Day features great speakers on timely topics. Peter Moe, Director of Operations and Research at the MN Landscape Arboretum, will speak about the Landscape Arboretum and what's upcoming for 2014. Back by popular demand, Dr. John Ball of South Dakota State University will discuss his new book "Trees! Fruit, Nut, Ornamentl, Shade and Windbreak Trees for the Northern Plains." Dr. Ball is a regular speaker at Horticulture Day and his knowledge and humor makes him a crowd favorite! Following the Dr Ball's tree discussion, Kathy Zuzek will focus on the correct way to prune trees. Zuzek is an Extension Educator based at the Farmington Regional Extension Office who focuses on trees and shrub pruning. Think you can't grow Rhododendrons in southwest Minnesota? Dr. Stan Hokanson will highlight his research at the University of Minnesota on new and improved stress tolerant Rhododendrons for planting in the midwest. Come learn new ideas on the latest gardening trend - Fairy Gardens! Mo Therkilson, owner and operator of Sunrise Gardens, will bring ideas to start your own Fairy Garden. Therkilson will also speak about herbs and unique plants for 2014.

Horticulture Day will begin with registration at 8:30 am with the program scheduled from 9:00 am - 2:45 pm. The registration fee is $25 and includes lunch and handouts. Pre-registration ends Thursday, April 3, 2014. Download the Horticulture Day brochure for additional details on the event as well as the registration form. Horticulture Day is sponsored by the Southwest Research and Outreach Center and University of Minnesota Extension.

Brain Development Feature at ConnectU Workshop

Executive function in brain development will be featured at the next ConnectU workshop, Tuesday, April 8, at the SWROC from 9 am - 3 pm. Development's Director: The Role of Executive Function in Children and Adolsecents will be presented by Dr. Chris Boys and Dr. Sara Langworthy. Executive function involves three key skills: working memory, self control and learning how to think flexibly. All three are vital for children's growth and development.

Dr. Boys and Dr. Langworthy will cover executive function development through childhood and adolescence, assessments, influences such as risk-taking and stress, what happens when development is disrupted, and practical inverventions.

The cost to attend is $25 and the registration deadline is Tuesday, April 1. A registration form is inlcuded in the link above. Early registration is encouraged as the the workshop will be capped at 85 participants. The workshop is coordinated by the U of M Extension and SWROC in parternship with the U of M's Center for Neurobehavioral Development and Children, Youth and Family Consortium. Contact the SWROC or Colleen Gengler (507-360-0624) for questions about the workshop

Extending the Growing Season Presentations from Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Workshop

The SWROC hosted an Extending the Growing Season Workshop on Wednesday, March 12. This event focused high tunnels, walk-in plastic covered structure which can extend the fruit and vegetable growing season. Handouts from the workshop are below.

Profitability Conference to be Hosted by the SW MN Farm Business Management Association on Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Chad Hart, Extension Economist from Iowa State University, will be the keynote speaker and discuss crop and livestock price outlooks as well as the impact of general economic conditions and agricultural policy at the 2014 Farm Management Profitability Conference, Wednesday March 26. The conference will be held at the University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center. The conference is co-sponsored by the Southwest Minnesota Farm Business Management Association and University of Minnesota Extension.

Don Nitchie, University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Agriculture and Business Management will highlight the analysis results of the 2013 profitably and financial data trends of the Association’s member farms. This will be followed by a panel of the Association’s analysts who will discuss how to utilize these benchmarks as decision tools to manage future profit margins.


Doug Tiffany, University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Agriculture and Business Management, will close the program with a discussion of the “Renewable Fuel Standard and its Value to Minnesota Producers and Communities.” He will also share information on expected changes and challenges in the bio-fuels sector.


Detailed program information and registration information is available on the Profitability Conference brochure or by calling Barb Lenning at 507-752-5094. Pre-registration is available for $20 until Friday, March 21. The registration fee after Friday, March 21 is $25.

Bt-Rootworm Trait and At-Plant Insecticide Effect on Nodal Root Injury   

On May 16, 2013 two studies were planted in a Brown County, MN corn field. The field had been in continuous corn for seven years. Significant corn rootworm (CRW) damage to multiple Bacillus thuringiensis protein expressing rootworm resistant corn (Bt-RW) events was observed in this field during 2012. The research was conducted by Bruce Potter, SWROC IPM Specialist with assistance from Travis Vollmer and Jeff Irlbeck, both SWROC Research Plot Technicians.

Read the research bulletin "Bt-Rootworm Trait and At-Plant Insecticide Effect on Nodal Root Injury and Yield of Corn in a Field with a Putative Bt-RW Resistant Western Corn Rootworm Population." (pdf)

Revised Reference for Controlling Weeds in Glyphosate Tolerant Corn and Soybean

A revised reference for controlling weeds in glyphosate tolerant corn and soybean has been posted to the publication section of the University of Minnesota Applied Weed Research website. It is the top article on the publication page. 

The publication, written by Dr Jeff Gunsolus and Dr. Rich Zollinger, lists effective herbicide combinations for several species with known glyphosate resistance or are otherwise hard to control with that chemistry. The publication also references herbicide site of action in spreadsheet form so you can look for ways to diversity weed control chemistry.

It's not a substitute for the label but it might be worth your while to save and keep a copy while planning and implementing your 2014 weed control.

2013 Weed Trial Results from the SWROC 

Weed trials on both corn and beans were conducted at the SWROC during the 2013 growing season. The trials listed below were conducted by Travis Vollmer, Bruce Potter, Jeff Gunsolus, and Tom Hoverstad.


Daily Weather

2014 Soil Moisture Readings Released

The SWROC has released the first soil moisture readings for 2014. No readings were taken on April 1 due to weather conditions. Soil moisture levels on 4/15 accounted for a total of 4.25" of available moisture which is 1.69" below the historic average of 5.94". View the 2014 Soil Moisture info and a comparative chart on the SWROC weather page, located under the Available Soil Water heading.

University on the Prairie Applications Being Accepted

The SWROC's University on the Prairie is now accepting applications from high school students. University on the Prairie is a 3-day summer science workshop focusing on hands-on activities in engineering, chemistry, food science, agriculture & envionment and health science.  Tracks are led by enthusiastic University of Minnesota faculty and staff who are highly skilled in their field. The program will take place Tuesday, July 29 through Thursday, July 31, 2014. More information and an application form can be found on the University on the Prairie page.

Summer Plot Technician Announcement

The SWROC is searching for Summer Plot Technicians to assist our Faculty members with their research projects. These positions have the responsibility of assisting in preperation, planting, caring for, sampling and harvesting of crops and collection of research data. The position is normally 40 hours per week from Monday through Friday. Working hours may be adjusted due to weather conditions or special events. Applications will be accepted until all the positions are filled. A position description and University of Minnesota application are availble by clicking on the link or by contacting Molly Werner at 507-752-5062 or The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

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.

IPM Stuff Issue 1 - January 8, 2014

The first issue of IPM Stuff for 2014 is hot off the press! In this issue: Issue 1 (pdf). Rootworm research results; it's that time of year again - winter meetings; and it's not that cold. Please send an email to Molly Werner if you would like to be included on the newsletter email list.