Since the MAES was created in 1885, MAES staff and researchers have worked to share valuable research findings with the world outside the University.
Below are some of the most recent publications that highlight key research that has led to policy change, new varieties, and crop diversification, among other significant societal impacts.
Visit the Research and Impacts page for updated information on MAES research and its impacts on society.
The annual Field Crop Trials provides objective information to help farmers select crop brands and varieties best adapted to their locations. Entries are grown in replicated plots at each location so that factors affecting their yield and characteristics are as identical as possible for all entries at each location. Online we have provided crop trial data dating back to 1996.
Minnesota Hardy features over 150 horticultural plants released by MAES that are available at local nurseries and garden centers. This publication showcases apples, azaleas, chrysanthemums, roses, grapes, strawberries, maple and other shade trees, plus ornamental and turf grasses. Useful growing information, locations to view University varieties, and a peek at future introductions are included.
Forage Legumes: Clovers, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Cicer Milkvetch, Crownvetch and Alfalfa is designed to serve as both an educational resource for students and a reference tool for agricultural professionals. This third edition, published in 2018, is available completely online and features new data in addition to preserving information from previous editions.
Published in 2001, Food for Life is an illustrated catalog of 467 U of M releases of major and minor crops and the research that went into their development. Traditional crops like wheat, corn, oats, and soybeans are all included along with less common crops like forage legumes, sugar beets, grasses, and sunflowers.
Published in 2003, A Century of Research in Natural Resources highlights key moments from 100 years of research in natural resource management and conservation. From reforestation to genetic diversity in crops and wildlife, U of M natural resource researchers have played an important role in our state's transition since the early 1900s.
Published in 2000, 150 Years of Hardy Plants is an illustrated catalog of U of M releases of horticultural plants from apples and grapes to azaleas and chrysanthemums, and the research that went into their development.