North Central Research and Outreach Center | Grand Rapids, MN


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.

NCROC's Top 10 Annual Flowers of 2021

Annual flower trials are hosted at the North Central Research and Outreach Center. This research is an extension of the flower trials occurring at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, MN. Companies such as All-America Selections, Proven Winners, Syngenta, and many others trial their flower varieties here at the NCROC in the field, in hanging baskets, and containers. During flower evaluations we grade the plants based on criteria such as color, uniformity, uniqueness, plant health, hardiness in zone 3, and insect/disease resistance.

2021 Top 10 Annual Flowers

Common Name Cultivar
Coleus ColorBlaze® El Brighto
Gomphrena Truffula™ Pink
Rudbeckia Kokardia, yellow w. brown ring
Angelonia Angelface® Cascade Blue
Petunia Supertunia Vista® Jazzberry
Petunia Supertunia® Sharon
Celosia Asian Garden
Cleome Sparkler™ Blush
Coleus ColorBlaze® Torchlight™
Salvia farinacea Victoria™ Blue