Southwestern Colorado Research Center
Like most of Colorado, the SWCRC is unique in its climate, elevation, and crop portfolio. We are interested in diversifying our crop growing potential to meet the needs of our growing population and changing climate. Our research covers work on irrigation and harvest techniques, soil development and preservation, and optimizing crop plant productivity for high-elevation regions.
Research and Engagement
We work with local growers and extension programs to stay informed on the most pressing needs in our region. Water and soil conservation are at the forefront of our work as we develop new crop varieties, including tree fruits, specialty berry and grass varieties. Alongside research scientists, our students become part of our research team, engaging with our industry partners, and local growers. We feel it’s the best way to learn the vital skills to build a stronger agricultural future for our region.