WCROC participates in tri-state organic dairy farm research project.

Opportunities exist on today's dairy farms to become more energy efficient, saving resources and money.  WCROC researchers are finding ways to potentially reduce the carbon footprint of dairy farms.

According to Brad Heins, no other place in the United States manages both organically and conventioanlly raised dairy herds on the same facility in the same conditions, but the West Central Research and Outreach Center at the University of Minnesota is doing just that.

Here's something to consider the next time you pour milk on your cereal: The carbon footprint of a gallon of milk is roughly the same as a trip between Bloomington and Maple Grove in a 2015 Ford F-150.  Researchers at the University of Minnesota's West Central Research and Outreach Center are looking for ways to make producing milk less energy intensive.


June 29, 2016

Temp High (F) Temp Low (F) Precipitation (in.) Growing Degree Days
77 51 0 14.0
Soil Temp - 2" Max Soil Temp - 2" Min Soil Temp - 4" Max Soil Temp - 4" Min
97 61 83 68