Environmental stewardship underlies much of the research being done at the SPRF. In an effort to protect and preserve Minnesota’s water resources, researchers are studying ways to utilize new technologies, reduce irrigation applications through advanced scheduling methods, and find best management practices for fertilizer use in both common and specialty crops. Studies are developing new varieties and refining innovative cropping systems that add diversity and value to producers while also protecting the soil, nutrient and water resources in the region. 

SPRF research works with a variety of agronomic and horticulture crops including:

  • Potatoes
  • Field Corn
  • Soybeans
  • Small Grains
    • Rye
    • Spring Wheat
    • Winter Wheat
    • Barley
    • Oats
  • Blueberries
  • Hazelnuts
  • Alfalfa
  • Dry Beans

SPRF serves as a site for research projects related to:

  • Disease Management
  • Fertilizer Management
  • Groundwater Quality
  • Insect Management
  • Irrigation Management
  • Native Prairie Restoration
  • Plant Breeding
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Soil Health Management 
  • Varietal Evaluation