Northwest Research and Outreach Center | Crookston, MN

A man stands at the edge of a field and presents to a group of people on hayracks
Aerial view of fields


UMN PhD Student, Samantha Rude, wins the Alan Dexter Scholarship Award

January 23, 2024

Sam Rude, PhD student at the UMN studying sugarbeet pathology, received the Alan Dexter Scholarship in recognition of her research into the causes of root rot in sugarbeet crops.

Roving Small Grain Fields

January 25, 2024

Research completed at the St. Paul campus and the Northwest Research and Outreach Center using innovative software and a field 'rover' brings insight to Minnesota small grains breeders and growers.

State climatologist: drought outlook ‘hasn’t been this good since the spring of 2019’

May 9, 2024

An update on Minnesota’s long-lasting drought came Thursday morning and the news is looking good! For the first time since 2020, the vast majority of Minnesota is no longer in a drought at all. That news came just before Gov. Tim Walz is to announce the air quality forecast for this summer at 2 p.m.

The hope is that the lack of drought means less wildfire — and smoky air — for the next few months. The end of the drought is also a huge relief to farmers statewide. For perspective on what this report means, MPR News host Cathy Wurzer talked with state climatologist Luigi Romolo and Lindsay Pease, a professor of nutrient and water management at the University of Minnesota.