The topography of Minnesota is generally flat to gently rolling. Highest elevation is 694 m and the lowest 184 m. The Red River Valley which forms a common boundary with the Dakotas is the largest area of nearly level land in the world and is almost free from microclimate variations.
In the Twin Cities (St. Paul Minneapolis) area where the University is located, mean temperatures range from 11ºC for January to 22ºC for July. Summers are generally pleasant and temperatures of 38ºC or above are uncommon.
The state contains a wide range of soils and, in most areas, ample water for supplemental irrigation. The horticultural industry base is comprised of potatoes and cool season vegetables for processing. In addition, the states hosts large commercial floriculture, landscape nursery, and turf industries. Around population centers, the pick your own fresh fruit and vegetable business has and continues to enjoy significant growth. Apples are grown in commercial orchards throughout the southern third of the state along the Mississippi and St. Croix River valleys east of the Twin Cities.
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