About The Agricultural Experiment Station

Mission and History

The Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station has been working toward agricultural, environmental, and economic viability for over 150 years.

Our Staff

We are a diverse staff spread across the state supporting and engaging agricultural research benefitting and advancing our citizens and environment.

Research Centers

The Agricultural Experiment Station oversees eight research centers across the state conducting research that meets the agricultural production needs for the state.

Biogeographic Data Summary

AES and Research Centers

Get a snapshot of each research centers unique climate and growing season data to inform how our centers can collaborate on your research projects.

CAES Research CenterLocationMiles from CampusElevation (feet)Average Precipitation Average Frost-free DaysPrincipal Soil TypeAcresBuilding Square FeetResearch Foci
ARDEC*Fort Collins115,15215"150Fort Collins Loam997197,958Diverse crop and livestock systems, plant breeding and seed increase
AVRCRocky Ford2304,17812"158Rocky Ford Clay Loam12418,337Vegetable crop development and systems, Crop water use
ECRCAkron1284,30016"140Valentine Sand3,76022,419Beef production, breeding and grazing management
PRCWalsh3303,97414"161Baca Clay Loam8803,052Dryland and limited irrigation cropping systems
SLVRCCenter2687,6687"96Norte Gravelly Sandy Loam31443,269Potato breeding, storage and production
SWCRCYellow Jacket4826,95015"120Wetherill Loam15811,816Dryland and irrigated crops, soil health and alternative crops
WCRCOrchard Mesa3074,4708"182Mesa Clay Loam8024,676Tree fruits and vines
WCRCGrand Valley3144,6008"143Fruita Sandy Loam9414,168Water efficient cropping systems
WCRCHotchkiss2965,80012"150Mesa Stony Loam8414,895Tree fruit and vines, Cover crops