The U of MN is the locus of a unique and globally significant collection of research efforts that promise to have significant impacts in the ammonia industry and the broader energy sector. And the story began in the early 2000's at the WCROC.
Certified organic grain has become increasingly expensive. Little research is available on the results of grain supplementation levels and the subsequent impacts on the economics of milk production. By looking at the various implications of several levels of grain supplementation in comparison to 100-percent grass-fed herds, we've developed practical strategies for enhancing dairy profitability.
Researchers at Iowa State University, the U of MN, and Rodale Institute are in the second year of a four-year project to evaluate the production, environmental, and economic benefits of growing cash crops with forage crops for grazing, including small grains and hay crops for livestock feed. They are comparing two crop rotations—pasture-winter wheat-soybean-pasture and pasture-winter rye/hairy vetch-corn-pasture—and grazing dairy steers on the cover crops as a method of integrating livestock and organic cropping systems.
The WCROC in Morris, MN, currently has 300 acres of organic cropland. In 2016, we conducted an organic corn variety trial comparing ten varieties under conventional and organic production systems.
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