News & Events

‘MN-Torgy’ wheat is the newest variety from the University of Minnesota’s hard red spring wheat breeding program. It is named in honor of Dave Torgerson, the former Executive Director of the Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council and the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers.

MN-Torgy features a good combination of yield, protein, straw strength and disease resistance.

Jim Anderson, University of Minnesota wheat breeder, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, says: “MN-Torgy has shown its promise to perform well across the wheat growing region and its straw strength is better than most higher yielding varieties.”

For the health and safety of our faculty, staff and field day attendees, the annual NWROC Crops & Soils Day is being held online. 

Watch our Crops & Soils Day videos now!

The Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) have published the 2019 Field Crop Trials Bulletin. Visit https://z.umn.edu/2019croptrials to see variety trial results for 11 crops, including: alfalfa, barley, canola, corn grain, corn silage, oat, red clover, soybean, spring wheat, winter rye and winter wheat.

NWROC soil scientist Lindsay Pease recently wrote an article that was featured in the September 2019 edition of North Dakota Water magazine. Read the article here: PDF iconRunoff Reduction Starts with Practices Including Split Fertilizer Application.

The Crookston Times also recently highlighted Pease's drainage research project. Read about this project in: Northwest Minnesota Research and Outreach Center conducting drainage research near Drafts.

The University of Minnesota (UMN), in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan, has released a new white hull oat variety called ‘MN-Pearl.’ MN-Pearl is a high-yielding variety with good straw strength and high groat percentage. It also has good overall disease resistance including moderate crown rust resistance and excellent smut resistance.

The University of Minnesota (UMN) has released a new hard red spring wheat variety called ‘MN-Washburn.’ MN-Washburn features excellent straw strength and good overall disease resistance. In particular, it contains the bdv2 gene for resistance to Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYDV) making in an excellent choice in years when BYDV is prevalent.

The program will feature research-based strategies to deal with today's changing pests, diseases, varieties, nutrient and environmental recommendations. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Certified Crop Advisors have been approved, including: 1 in Nutrient Management, 2.5 in Pest Management, 1.5 in Crop Management at the Southern & Central MN sessions (January 5th and 12th). The Northern MN session (January 7th) includes: 1 in Crop Management, 0.5 in Nutrient Management, 0.5 in Soil & Water and 3 in Pest Management.

A nearly $5 million state investment in agricultural productivity at the University of Minnesota will be used this year to hire scientists and improve infrastructure across seven areas of collaboration spanning three U of M colleges and at research and outreach and Extension sites across the state. Read more here.