Sand Plain Research Farm


U of MN Releases ‘MN-Rothsay’ Wheat

June 22, 2022

The University of Minnesota has released a new hard red spring wheat variety called ‘MN-Rothsay.’ MN-Rothsay features a good combination of yield, protein, and disease resistance and exceptional straw strength.

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 to see variety trials for 10 different Minnesota crops.

Minnesota farmers tap technology to conserve water in drought

Vasu Sharma's precision irrigation research here at the SPRF is featured in this MPR News article Minnesota farmers tap technology to conserve water in drought.

Vasudha Sharma, an irrigation specialist in the CFANS Department of Soil, Water and Climate, is studying the optimum rates to apply water and nitrogen to improve crop production and reduce nitrate leaching here at the SPRF. She is also evaluating different types of sensors, comparing low-cost varieties with newer electronic models that do a better job of measuring water in the soil.