The Western Colorado Research Center (WCRC) consists of the three Western Slope stations, each uniquely equipped to conduct research on distinctively different agricultural systems. The Fruita Research Station supports research on sustainable agricultural water use, efficient irrigation practices and technology, integrated cropping systems, and alternative crops and forages. The Orchard Mesa Research Station conducts research on tree fruits, wine grapes, and ornamental horticulture, and is proud to host the Community Alliance for Education and Hunger Relief. Both of these stations are located in western Mesa County in the neighboring vicinity of Grand Junction. The Rogers Mesa Organic Research Station, located near Hotchkiss, focuses predominantly on organic agriculture and conducts research involving tree fruits and table grapes.

Orchard Mesa Research Station

Orchard Mesa Research Station

The Orchard Mesa Research Station is located 7 miles southeast of Grand Junction. This station supports research involving tree fruits, wine grape production, and ornamental horticulture.

Fruita Research Station

Fruita Research Station

The Fruita Research Station is located 15 miles northwest of Grand Junction. This station supports research involving irrigation management, water resources, agronomy and integrated cropping systems.

Organic Research Station at Rogers Mesa

Organic Research Station at Rogers Mesa

Rogers Mesa Research Station re-opened in 2017 after being closed for several years. The site has nearly 80 acres of land, of which 65 are cultivable and most of it will be certified organic in 2019.

 

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