Weed Watch: Scout Fields Now

May 21, 2024

The 2024 planting season was off to a good start, and then much-needed rains came. Not only did the rains halt planting progress, delay in spring fieldwork also possibly derailed the best-laid plans for the season’s weed control.

Read more about this year's planting season and weed concerns on the Farm Progress website.

Drought brings drainage water recycling & crop resilience research opportunity

Hot and dry. Those words describe the 2021 growing season here at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center, as well as across much of Minnesota. 

Redwood County, where the SWROC is located, spent much of the summer in the U.S. Drought Monitor’s moderate and extreme drought categories, with portions of the county reaching extreme drought levels at the end of July. 

While the drought’s impact can only be seen as a negative for most corn and soybean growers in the region, the dry growing season presented exciting research opportunities for Professor Jeff Strock, who conducts drainage water quality research at the SWROC. 

Opportunity to participate in MN and regional corn rootworm trapping networks

Ken Ostlie and Bruce Potter are involved in a project to determine whether sticky trap data from individual fields can be combined to draw inferences on general geographic and historical trends of CRW populations and Bt resistance. They're looking for collaborators to contribute data to this work. To participate:

  • If you would like to run a CRW trapline(s) but need traps, they can supply trapping kits (first come/first serve basis), recommended sampling procedures and a data entry spreadsheet. 
  • If you have purchased your own traps to sample CRW and would be willing to share data for fields where a minimum of 3-4 traps were checked weekly for a 3–4-week period after silking, it will be appreciated. 
  • If you so choose, you have the option to contribute data to a multi-state CRW monitoring network.

You will have the management information derived from the fields you trapped. Individual field locations will not be made public and only composite images of risk geography will be shared among cooperators.  

If you would like to participate, or have questions, email [email protected] or [email protected].

This project is funded, in part, by Minnesota farm families and their checkoff dollars.

2021 UMN Cooperative Black Cutworm Trapping Network is Active

The 2021 UMN Cooperative Black Cutworm Trapping Network is now active. Traps picked up the first migrants on March 30. Weekly newsletters, and a revised PDF version of black cutworm facts can downloaded on the Black Cutworm Reporting Network web page.

Soybean Growers - Complete the MN Soybean Gall Midge Survey

December 1, 2020

A new soybean pest, the soybean gall midge has been found in many counties in SW Minnesota. The soybean gall midge infestations that have been detected are not uniformly distributed geographically and most of these have been minor. You can help entomologists better understand where and why soybean gall midge infestations occur by filling out the Minnesota Soybean Gall Midge Survey. Please only complete one survey per farm.   

Significant Corn Rootworm Damage Seen In Southwest Minnesota

October 16, 2020

(WNAX Radio) IPM Specialist Bruce Potter discusses corn rootworm and other pests with WNAX Radio.

Watch SWROC educational events on YouTube

October 23, 2020

Several educational events put on by the SWROC and events that feature our researchers are now available on YouTube. Watch the recordings of these virtual events:

Nitrogen From Above

September 14, 2020

(DTN Progressive Farmer) Paulo Pagliari's research into nitrogen deposition via rain and snowfall is the feature of this news story.

The search for SCN resistance

February 18, 2020

(Progressive Farmer) IPM Specialist Bruce Potter's soybean cyst nematode research is referenced in this article on peking resistance.

ROC News

Home Field Advantage

November 1, 2022

East African immigrant farmers grow culturally relevant crops in Minnesota; U of M researchers share agricultural management expertise.

Investigating camelina as a sustainable cash crop of the future

November 12, 2020

Several projects across the UMN Research & Outreach Center network are investigating whether camelina could be integrated into the corn-soybean crop rotation to yield for both environmental and economic benefits. SWROC Professor Jeff Strock's research is featured in this CFANS video feature. For more information on the University of Minnesota's camelina research, read this 'Cover Story'.