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Back-to-back NW MN events in July: NWROC Crops & Soils Day and Drainage Research Forum

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Learn about the latest agronomic research in the Red River Valley and beyond at two great events in Crookston in July. The Northwest Research and Outreach Center’s annual Crops & Soils Day is on July 19, 2023, followed by the Iowa-Minnesota-South Dakota Drainage Research Forum July 20-21.

NWROC Crops & Soils Day: July 19

Location: Northwest Research and Outreach Center, U of M Crookston campus (Google Maps)

University of Minnesota Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC) researchers will discuss recent projects in the Red River Valley on corn, soybean, sugarbeet, small grains, dry beans, cover crops, and more. This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary lunch and snacks will be provided. CEU credits will be available. 

Speakers will present in the field as long as weather permits. Otherwise, the event will take place in our farm/maintenance building.

Speakers and topics include:

  • Lindsay Pease - Performance of NWROC's New Subsurface Drainage Installation Soil and Water Management, and Interseeding and Strip-Tillage with Cover Crops
  • Dan Kaiser - Recalibration of fertilizer guidelines for dry bean production & Is fall urea an option for sugarbeet production?
  • Ashok Chanda - Sugarbeet Disease Management
  • Tom Peters - Sugarbeet Tolerance with Ultra Blazer and Spin-Aid in Sugarbeet
  • Ruth Dill-Macky - Diseases of Small Grains
  • Jim Anderson - Wheat Breeding Variety Update
  • Kevin Smith - Barley Breeding Variety Update
  • Megan McCaghey - Disease management in soybean and sunflower: plant architecture considerations and chemical control of Phomopsis
  • Tarah Young & Jochum Wiersma - How Much is Enough (Nitrogen consumption with Hybrid Rye)

Registration: No registration required. Simply show up the day of the event.

Cost: Free and open to the public

Click here for further information

Drainage Research Forum: July 20 & 21

Location: Bede Ballroom (2nd floor of the Sergeant Student Center), U of M Crookston Campus (Google Maps)

Learn about the latest agricultural drainage research in Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota. The forum will provide updates on drainage research and issues from the three states along with relevant research from across the upper Midwest.

The program will begin Thursday, July 20 with an afternoon bus tour highlighting on-going drainage research projects in northwest Minnesota. Friday's program on July 21 will run from the morning through the afternoon with presentations from drainage experts.

Cost: $75/person ($25/person for students) *includes admission to both days of the forum, lunch on Thursday and Friday, and refreshments

Register now

Tentative Agenda

Thursday, July 20

  • 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm: Check-in at Bede Ballroom
  • 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Bus Tour of NW Minnesota Drainage Research Sites (boxed lunches & refreshments provided)

Friday, July 21

  • 8:30 am - 3:45 pm: Presentations in Bede Ballroom (lunch & refreshments provided)

Confirmed Speakers

  • Chuck Brandel, ISG
  • Laura Christianson, University of Illinois
  • Xinhua Jia, North Dakota State University
  • Jeppe Kjaersgaard, Minnesota Department Agriculture
  • Keegan Kult, Agricultural Drainage Management Coalition
  • David Lobb, University of Manitoba
  • Maryam Sahraei, South Dakota State University
  • Jeff Strock, University of Minnesota
More information, including maps and lodging information, can be found on the event website:

Contact Lindsay Pease at with any questions or for additional details


The Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC) provides analytical, biological, and field laboratories for research and demonstrations that enhance the efficient use of agricultural and natural resources. The NWROC’s research and outreach programs focus on agricultural commodities and enterprises that are important to northwestern Minnesota’s economy and culture. The NWROC’s goal is to help producers maintain profitability in ways that are environmentally sound and help agriculture thrive in the region. Learn more at


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