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 2022

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.

2022 Top 10 Annual Flowers

Common Name Cultivar
Salvia Deep Purple 2023
Dianthus interspecific Chiba™ Improved Auricula Mix
Celosia Asian Garden
Sunflower x hybrida Concert Bell
Petunia SuperCal® Premium Sunset Orange
Tradescantia Proven Accents® Purple Queen
Verbena Vanity
Coleus Premium Sun Ruby Heart
Celosia plumosa Arrabona Red - Bronze Leaf
Osteospermum Bright Lights® Sunset


Apples for Northern Minnesota

Professor Jim Luby provides insight on the best apples for north central Minnesota based on his over 20 years of experience with apple trials at the CFANS North Central Research and Outreach Center in Grand Rapids MN.

Explore the NCROC bog

Andrew David, Associate Professor - Department of Forest Resources, takes you through a virtual tour of the NCROC bog.

Local students help prepare native plants with Itasca Waters

NCROC was recently featured in a recent article on preparing native plants in the Grand Rapids Herald Review.

2020 NCROC Top 10 Annual Flower Picks

Each year the University of Minnesota North Central Research and Outreach Center’s horticulture program hosts annual flower trials and rates the top 10 flowers. These trials are an evaluation of specific flower varieties and how well they perform in a field environment, a hanging basket and/or a container. We grade each ornamental variety for such criteria as color, uniformity, uniqueness, how floriferous they are and insect/disease resistance.