Research Overview

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Research at the SWROC addresses the yield, profitability, and environmental quality constraints faced by southwestern Minnesota crop producers with the goal of finding practical solutions for within the region and beyond. Our work focuses on maximizing farm productivity while protecting and improving the quality of the soil, air and water. 

SWROC has a strong history of collaborative research programs that address problems identified in production agriculture. We work with farmers, agribusiness professionals, rural leaders, faculty from throughout the University of Minnesota system, and professionals from other institutions and organizations to develop our research and outreach programming.

Research & outreach programs based at the SWROC focus on:

SWROC also serves as a research site for a diverse range of CFANS faculty and student research projects related to:

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  • alternative & organic agriculture
  • corn & soybean production
  • crop breeding & variety development
  • high tunnel vegetable production
  • insect, disease & weed management
  • nutrient management
  • small grains production
  • soil fertility
  • water quality

SWROC’s agricultural land is used for both research and general crop production to support the center’s operations.