The College of Agricultural Sciences

Agricultural Experiment Station


Research Centers

The CAES supports 7 off-campus research centers (8 sites)  to conduct research to meet agricultural production needs in different regions of the state.

1. ARDEC, Fort Collins
2. Arkansas Valley, Rocky Ford
3. Eastern Colorado, Akron
4. Plainsman, Walsh
5. San Luis Valley, Center
6. Southwestern Colorado, Yellow Jacket
Western Colorado Research Center
7. at Fruita , Fruita
8. at Orchard Mesa, Grand Junction

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Agricultural Research Development & Education Center

Eastern Colorado Research Center

Arkansas Valley Research Center

Plainsman Research Center

San Luis Valley Research Center

Southwestern Colorado Research Center

Western Colorado Research Center

Environmental Conditions at CAES Research Centers

Research Center and Location Elevation Average Precipitation (inches) Average Frost-Free Days Principal Soil Type Type of Research
ARDEC at Fort Collins 4,982 14 144 Nunn clay loam basic agricultural and natural resources research
Arkansas Valley at Rocky Ford 4,178 12 158 Rock Ford clay loam irrigated field and vegetable crops
Eastern Colorado at Akron 4,300 14 140 Valentine sand livestock production and range management
Plainsman at Walsh 3,974 14 161 Baca clay loam irrigated crop management
San Luis Valley at Center 7,668 7 96 sandy loam potato production and variety selection
Southwestern Colorado at Yellow Jacket 6,950 15 120 Wetherill loam irrigated and dryland crop management
WCRC@Fruita (Fruita) 4,600 8 143 Fruita sandy loam irrigated crops; soil/water management
WCRC@Orchard Mesa (Grand Junction) 4,470 8 182 Mesa clay loam large and small fruits