In-person tours will resume for the NWROC Crops & Soils Day on July 21, 2021! The morning session features small grains research, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. and tours beginning at 8:00 a.m. A complimentary lunch will be served at noon. The afternoon session features sugarbeet research. Registration begins at 12:15 p.m. with tours beginning at 12:45 p.m. The event will take place at the maintenance/farm operations building located south of Polk County Hwy 71 on NWROC's campus. Parking is across from the office. View a full list of presenters and topics.
NWROC Small Grains Specialist Jochum Wiersma partnered with Far North Spirits to conduct research looking into how rye varieties impact whiskey flavor. After five years of research that involved planting, harvesting, fermenting, and distilling 15 varieties of rye, which were then blind taste-tested, results show that rye variety determines the flavor of whiskey. Read more about the impact of this research in Food & Wine.