Agronomy research at NCROC explores the sustainability of agricultural systems in Minnesota’s north central growing region. Our region’s unique soil, water, and climate require crop production solutions that do not compromise these resources. As our climate continues to change, the goal of our research is to improve growing conditions to expand cropping options and increase yields.
Building a more competitive and sustainable agri-food market in northeastern Minnesota is a main goal of our agronomy program. Research projects are initiated through grants as well as local cooperative partnerships. Agronomy research is:
- Evaluating suitable cultivars for maximum crop production potential within the main cropping systems for the region
- Developing a more complete understanding on efficient cultivation and farm management techniques to strategically position northern Minnesota farms with quality best management strategies
- Exploring research initiatives on invasive species impacting modern agricultural production systems
The NCROC is also a site for the Minnesota Long-Term Agricultural Research Network (LTARN). LTARN research is evaluating annual and perennial crop sequences to improve the efficiency and sustainability of agricultural production systems.