Dan Braaten

Director of Operations

1861 E US hwy 169
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
United States


Dan Braaten plans and conducts agronomic research to determine best management practices for corn, soybean, alfalfa production, and other cropping strategies that maximize the effectiveness of rotational grazing in beef cattle production.  Dan is the NCROC’s point of contact for management and support for other agronomic research priorities and projects within CFANS. He also provides oversight on NCROC crop production operations and management, coordinates the maintenance and construction of buildings, roads and grounds, and serves as a liaison with University lease holders.



M.S. 2014 Iowa State University-Agronomy

B.A. 2000 University of Minnesota, Morris -Biology

Current Research

Crop varietal testing including alfalfa, forage grasses, soybeans, corn grain and corn silage

Interaction of tillage method and cover crop species on soil compaction in a continuous corn silage system

Evaluate the effect of fall grazing date and fall stocking rate on winter survivability, physiological structure, spring growth rate, and subsequent years’ yield of key forage species



McGilp, L., Duquette, J., Braaten, D., Kimball, J., & Porter, R. (2020). Investigation of variable storage conditions for cultivated northern wild rice and their effects on seed viability and dormancy. Seed Science Research, 30(1), 21-28. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0960258520000033

Braaten, D.M., Porter, R.A., Duquette, J.A., and Philips, C.R. 2016. Assessment of ESN® as an N Source for Efficient Fertilization for Cultivated Wildrice. ASA-CSSA-SSSA 2016 Annual Meeting Abstracts. Abstract No. 449-723.

Braaten, DM. 2014. Assessing the feasibility of enhanced nitrogen efficiency using ESN® as a nitrogen source in cultivated wildrice. Masters Thesis. Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

Porter, R.A., Braaten D.M., and A.L. Sims. 2013. Wildrice (Zizania palustris) Varietal Differences in Response to Slow-Releasing Nitrogen Fertilizer (Polymer-Coated Urea). ASA-CSSA-SSSA  2013 Annual Meeting Abstracts. Abstract No. 367-37.