Agronomy and plant genetics

Developing native and native European hybrid hazelnut germplasm and agronomics for the Upper Midwest

An older planting initially looking at replicated trials remains useful for observations to learn how hazelnuts perform in their second decade.

Sod weed control

This trial compares weed composition and hazelnut growth response to weed pressure under various weed-control regimes in a former sod field, where weed pressure is high. The weed-control trial plot, planted in 2013, will be run at least through fall 2016.


The first hazelnut plants to go into this trial are Eastern European selections from Rutgers University which we are testing for winter hardness under Minnesota conditions. We will add back-cross seedlings from our St. Paul trials as we run out of space for them in St. Paul. The N fertilization planted in 2011 will probably receive its first in applications in 2015 (pending leaf analysis results), and will need to run for at least another five years.

Weed control in small grains, corn and soybeans

This study looks at weed control and crop tolerance with various herbicides.

Precision zonal management

Started in 2011 and continuing through 2018, this study investigates zonal tillage in corn/soybean crop rotation.

Soybean breeding and genetics

Continuing through October 2015, this study concentrates on the development of new varierites of soybeans.

Pasteuria (Clariva) for SCN control in soybeans

Research investigates and evaluates a new biocontrol for Soybean Cyst Nematode (Pasteuria).

Rice production

Looking at innovations in Minnesota cropping systems, this study will evalutate the yield potential of 20 annual rice varieties using intermittent flooding.

Alfalfa yield trials

Alfalfa yield trial to determine best management practices of edible beans and alfalfa.

IWG agronomic trials

Continuing through 2017, these intermediate wheatgrass (IWG) trials will test for grain and forage yields.

Emergency forages

A pair of one-year studies will evaluate warm-season grass no-till planting into "winterkilled" alfalfa and both warm-season grass and legumes for silage.

Remote sensing of alfalfa morphology (MoRPH)

This one-year study will assess the potential for various remote sensing technologies to predict alfalfa maturity.

Weed control in alfalfa

The efficacy on weed control and crop tolerance of a variety of herbicides will be determined during this two-season-plus study.

Stove OIL 1: Impacts of corn stover on winter oilseed development and subsequent yield; Stove OIL 2: Integration of field pennycress and camelina in a field corn production system

Winter annual oilseed crops will be planted into standing corn in August and September, then soybeans will be introduced to the cover the following year. Crop yield and spring weed suppression will be measured.

Intermediate Wheat Grass (IWG)

The growing out of new varieties of intermediate wheat grass seed will be studied.

Hairy vetch

Research will evaluate new variety of vetch .

Integrating winter covers into corn and soybean rotations

This study will investigate the planting of cover crops into corn and soybeans, alternating with planting corn and soybean into cover crops.