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"The return on dollars invested in agricultural research has been 130 to 150 percent ever since the 1930's. For every dollar invested the public has received $1.30 to $1.50 of benefits. For every new dollar the return is $1.40. This return is even higher for the commodity for which the research was directed." Source: IR-6: Analysis for the Evaluation and Prioritization of Agricultural and Related Research Programs
Research at the SLVRC concentrates on potato production. However, research is also conducted on spring and winter wheat including durum, hard red and soft white; malt barley, oats, alfalfa and alternative crops canola and quinoa.
Current potato research projects involve breeding and selection; seed improvement; storage, processing, and culinary quality studies; cultural practices; bacterial, fungal, and virus disease studies; integrated pest management; and simulated hail studies.
Additional research projects are being developed to support ongoing efforts in the San Luis Valley to develop a potato processing industry and support other efforts to develop domestic and international export markets for potatoes.
Agronomic crop projects include variety trials on wheat, barley, oats, and alfalfa; and field trials on potential new crops such as quinoa and canola