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Grand Valley Research Station

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Research Programs

Our primary research program areas generally fall under two broad categories. Generally, we are conducting several ongoing research projects that support our primary program goals.

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Irrigation and Water Resources

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Integrated Cropping Systems

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Other Collaborative Research Projects

We work in tandem with a number of research scientists in the community and across the state. Our collaborations span projects in agronomy, crops testing, seed production, and soil health. 

Hunger Relief

Amanda McQuade
Donate fruits and vegetables

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Compost Application

Retta Bruegger and Megan Mackmuller
Compost and commercial fertilizer

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Foundation Seed

Barry Ogg
Growing pinto bean seedstock for foundation seed.

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Variety Trials

Sally Jones Diamond
Corn, grain, and silage variety trials

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Russ Schumacher
Climate research project

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Contact Information

Physical Address

1910 L Road
Fruita, CO 81521
(970) 858-3629

Perry Cabot

Research and Extension Leader | WCRC-Grand Valley
Irrigation and Water Resources
(970) 858-3629 ext. 202

Jim Fry

Operational Manager | Research Associate WCRC-Grand Valley
(970) 858-3629 ext 20

Charles William (Bill) Szasz II

Research Associate II | WCRC Grand Valley


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Introducing Bill Szasz, one of our incredibly helpful research assistants at the station! New to the team in May, Bill assists with the carrying out of farm operations including watering, tillage, fertilizing, and weed control. His favorite running project to work on is our SSDI. Read More

Jun 28 2022

Amazing improvement on hay yields this year, overseen by Farm Manager James Fry-thank you! Last year at first cutting, this facility put up 10 T of hay, consisting of 27 (3x3) bales. Compare that with this year's first cut, which saw over 75 T in 85 (4x4) bales at average 195 RFV Read More

Jun 28 2022

Powerful article by Jerd Smith at Water Education Colorado and Water '22, illustrating the forthcoming need for innovative solutions and collaborative work in Colorado and our neighboring basin states. Read More

Jun 28 2022