Soil, Cropping Systems, and Agricultural Water Management

An aerial photo showing Jeff Strock's tillage study.
The Lamberton LTARN repetition, an aerial photo showing the 80ft by 80ft plots.
A banner image showing the LALA study at Lamberton, which has repetitions of certain crops on the hill summit, hill slope, and a low depression at the bottom of the hill.
An up close image of the agricultural drainage monitoring system Jeff Strock uses at SWROC.
An aerial image showing the drainage ditches in the landscape for Jeff Strock's agricultural drainage studies.

Soil, cropping systems, and agricultural water management research at the SWROC primarily focuses on understanding soil hydrologic function driven by the hydrologic cycle and its interaction with soil, plants, and water management. The purpose of our research is to improve the agricultural management practices and productivity while protecting and improving the quality of the soil, air, and water.

Our field-based research aims to develop practices that reduce offsite nutrient mobility and improve water and nutrient use efficiency and crop yield. All projects address production needs and quantify and mitigate negative off-site environmental impacts. We combine agronomic, ecological, and engineering approaches to guide soil and water resource management decisions.

SWROC agricultural water management and conservation projects include:

Collaboration is an essential part of our research. We collaborate statewide with colleagues throughout the University of Minnesota system as well as researchers at other universities and institutions. We also work directly with producers, agencies, communities, and resource advisors to deliver research-based education that increases knowledge and provides management solutions.

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Educational Resources & Diagrams

Soil & Water Management Field Day

Soil and Water Management Field Day is a tri-annual inter-institutional event designed to highlight progress on soil and water management research. The objective of these field days is to convene farmers, researchers, stakeholders, and practitioners to interact on issues related to soil and water management for productivity and environmental enhancement. Watch the 2020 Soil & Water Management Field Day below.

Soil & Water Management Field Day Proceedings