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University of Minnesota PSEO 4 credit soils course

The University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) is partnering with the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) to offer Introduction to Soil Science as a Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) course to local high school students in the spring of 2023. 


Sustainable Cropping Systems Seminar

Sustainable Cropping Systems Seminar

Visiting scholar, Dr. Daniel Abreu, from the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Federal University of Mato Grosso, Sinop-Brazil will be at the Southern Research and Outreach Center (Waseca, MN) on Monday, February 21. Dr. Abreau will give a 40 minute presentation which will begin at 10:30 am and will conclude with a 20 minute discussion. You may attend in person at Waseca orregister to participate virtually via Zoom


SWROC Winter Crops and Soils Day

The SWROC held its 2022 Winter Crops & Soils Day program on Wednesday, February 2nd from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Presentations for the day are listed below. Click on the presentation title to view the speaker's handout.

A recording of the event is available on the SWROC YouTube channel


Summer Positions Available at the SWROC

Each summer, we hire college and high school students as summer student plot technicians. These technicians normally work 40 hours per week and are responsible for assisting in the preparation, planting, caring for, sampling, and harvesting of crops and collection of research data. This is a great resume-building opportunity and gives students hands-on experience with research.

View the job description for specific duties and tasks

Apply to be a student plot technician


2021 University of Minnesota variety crop trial results available now

November 30, 2021

The Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) have published the 2021 Minnesota Field Crop Trials. Visit varietytrials.umn.edu/2021 to see variety trials for 10 different Minnesota crops.


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.


ROC News

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'.