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The CAES supports 1 on-campus and 7 off-campus research centers (8 sites) to conduct research to meet agricultural production needs in different regions of the state.

1. Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center (ARDEC), Fort Collins
2. Arkansas Valley (AVRC), Rocky Ford
3. Eastern Colorado (ECRC), Akron
4. Plainsman (PRC), Walsh
5. Plant Growth Facilities (PGF), Fort Collins
6. San Luis Valley (SLVRC), Center
7. Southwestern Colorado (SWCRC), Yellow Jacket
8. Western Colorado Research Center (WCRC)
– at Fruita , Fruita
– at Orchard Mesa, Grand Junction
– at Rogers Mesa, Hotchkiss

Research Center Conferences:

The State is Our Laboratory

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
Join us on a short  video tour of our research stations locations and specialties.

Summary of Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station Research Center Biogeographic and Facilities

CAES Research CenterLocationMiles from CampusElevation (feet)Average Precipitation (inches)Average Frost-free DaysPrincipal Soil TypeAcresBuilding Square FeetResearch Foci
ARDEC*Fort Collins115,15215150Fort Collins Loam997197,958Diverse crop and livestock systems, plant breeding and seed increase
AVRCRocky Ford2304,17812158Rocky Ford Clay Loam12418,337Vegetable crop development and systems, Crop water use
ECRCAkron1284,30016140Valentine Sand3,76022,419Beef production, breeding and grazing management
PRCWalsh3303,97414161Baca Clay Loam8803,052Dryland and limited irrigation cropping systems
SLVRCCenter2687,668796Norte Gravelly Sandy Loam31443,269Potato breeding, storage and production
SWCRCYellow Jacket4826,95015120Wetherill Loam15811,816Dryland and irrigated crops, soil health and alternative crops
WCRCOrchard Mesa3074,4708182Mesa Clay Loam8024,676Tree fruits and vines
WCRCFruita3144,6008143Fruita Sandy Loam9414,168Water efficient cropping systems
WCRCHotchkiss2965,80012150Mesa Stony Loam8414,895Tree fruit and vines, Cover crops

*Includes ARDEC South and North farms

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