Centers and Facilities

MAES staff oversee research facility management on the St. Paul campus and coordinate with MAES supported researchers located at Research and Outreach Centers throughout the state.

Research and Outreach Centers

Ten ROCs are strategically located throughout the state to provide agricultural and environmental research and outreach that is specific to each region. Their research is unbiased and works to provide field-tested methods and best practices that can be adapted by their communities and the industry as a whole.

Agriculture and Horticulture Facilities

The Saint Paul campus is home to greenhouse space, environmental growth chambers and outdoor research plots. The University’s unique urban location provides an opportunity for researchers and students to explore study agriculture and horticulture in the middle of a growing Metropolitan area.

The Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) at the University of Minnesota has awarded approximately $2.31 million from the Rapid Agricultural response Fund (RARF) to 10 research projects that will help protect Minnesota’s agricultural sector from current and emerging threats. 

The University of Minnesota has released a new hard red spring wheat variety called ‘MN-Torgy.’ MN-Torgy features a good combination of yield, protein, straw strength and disease resistance. 

The University of Minnesota (UMN), in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan, has released a new white hull oat variety called ‘MN-Pearl.’ MN-Pearl is a high-yielding variety with good straw strength and high groat percentage. It also has good overall disease resistance including moderate crown rust resistance and excellent smut resistance.