Research Centers

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.     ARDEC, Fort Collins
2. Arkansas Valley, Rocky Ford
3. Eastern Colorado, Akron
4. Plainsman, Walsh
5. Plant Growth Facilities, Fort Collins
6. San Luis Valley, Center
7. Southwestern Colorado, Yellow Jacket
8. Western Colorado Research Center
– 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.

Environmental Conditions at off-campus CAES Research Centers

Research Center
and Location
Elevation Average
Precipitation
(inches)
Average
Frost-Free
Days
Principal
Soil Type
Type of Research
ARDEC
4616 NE Frontage Road
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 491-2544
4,982 14 144 Nunn clay loam basic agricultural and natural resources research

Arkansas Valley
27901 Road 21
Rocky Ford, CO  81067
(719) 254-6312
4,178 12 158 Rock Ford clay loam irrigated field and vegetable crops

Eastern Colorado 
26204 County Road 57
Akron, CO  80720
(970) 345-6402
4,300 14 140 Valentine sand livestock production and range management

Plainsman
P.O. Box 477
Walsh, CO  81090
(719) 324-5643
3,974 14 161 Baca clay loam irrigated crop management

San Luis Valley
0249 E. Road 9 N
Center, CO  81125
(719) 754-3594
7,668 7 96 sandy loam potato production and variety selection

Southwestern Colorado
16910 County Road Z
Yellow Jacket, CO 81335
(970) 562-4255
6,950 15 120 Wetherill loam irrigated and dryland crop management

Western Colorado Research Center
WCRC@Fruita
1910 L Road
Fruita, CO 81521
(970) 858-3629
4,600 8 143 Fruita sandy loam irrigated crops; soil/water management

WCRC@Orchard Mesa
3168 B 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81503
(970) 434-3264
4,470 8 182 Mesa clay loam large and small fruits

WCRC@Rogers Mesa
30624 Hwy 92
Hotchkiss, CO 81419
(970) 250-7559
5,800 12 150 Mesa stony loam tree fruit production and orchard management
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