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November 1, 2022

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

Becker Irrigation and Nutrient Management Field Day - August 31st

August 25, 2022

The Becker Irrigation and Nutrient Management Field Day is being hosted at the Sand Plains Research Farm on August 31st from 4 - 7:30 pm. Boxed dinner will be provided. Registration is free!

Presentations topics will include:

  • Effects of irrigation and nitrogen on corn yield, nitrate leaching, and water and nitrogen use efficiency
  • Enhancing soil health in potato cropping systems
  • Improving N use efficiency for corn and potato
  • Improving N management for irrigated corn with N source and application timing
  • Expanding a statewide irrigation scheduling application, sensors, models, and protecting irrigator privacy
  • Nitrogen requirements for hybrid rye as a grain and forage crop
  • Wagon tour of 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.

Learn about SPRF irrigation & nutrient management research

September 1, 2020

Since we weren't able to host a traditional field day in 2020, a virtual field day highlighted ongoing research projects at the SPRF. Researchers provided overviews of research projects that are improving soil health, irrigation and nutrient management techniques to sustain profitable crop production and protect water quality. Watch the Irrigation & Nutrient Management Virtual Field Day:

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.