Agronomy A wide variety of research involving field crops is conducted at the Sand Plain Research Farm. Recent examples involving members of the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics include:

  • Develop intermediate wheatgrass cultivars for sustainable co-production of fuel and food.
  • High-density genetic mapping of intermediate wheatgrass QLTs associated with disease and agronomic traits.
  • Advancing intensive management of continuous corn on irrigated sands.
  • Hairy vetch ecotype evlauation.
  • Evaluation of in-furrow chelates for field corn.
  • Determine optimum rates of soil test procedures for potassium fertilization of corn and soybeans on a coarse textured irrigated soil.
  • Examine long term phosphorus management effects on corn and soybean yields.
  • Optimal utilization of phosphorus, potassium, and sulfur in a corn-soybean rotation.
  • Evaluation of phosphorus and zinc in field corn.
  • Evaluate fine fescue varieties and fertilizer management for seed production.
  • Hybrid hazelnut nitrogen fertilization trial.
  • Determine yield, seed quality, and growing characteristics of various soybeans cultivars in irrigated and dryland conditions.
  • Evaluation of polyhalite fertilizer in potato-corn-soybean rotation.
  • Evaluation of manganese fertilizer in soybeans.

More Info

The U of MN provides objective information to help farmers select crop brands and varieties best adapted to their locations, in part due to the research conducted at the Sand Plain Research Farm.  View all U of MN field trial results on the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station website.  Information on corn, soybeans, alfalfa, canola, oats, wheat, and much more can be accessed on the site.