West Central Research and Outreach Center - Morris, MN

West Central Research and Outreach Center
46352 State Hwy 329
Morris, MN 56267
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Phone: 320-589-1711
Fax: 320-589-4870

Welcome to the West Central Research and Outreach Center!

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Welcome to the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC)!  The WCROC is part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and is one of nine such Centers located around the state of Minnesota. Our applied research programs cover crop production, dairy production, horticulture, water quality, renewable energy, and swine production. 

Our land and facilities provide research opportunities for colleagues at the University of Minnesota, other universities, industry scientists and students.

We provide education and outreach opportunities for farmers, industry professionals, and rural citizens of Minnesota.

In 2010, we celebrated 100 years of delivering excellent research and education to farmers and other citizens of Minnesota and beyond. Our strategic plan, developed in 2013, serves as a guide as we embark on the next 100 years of service to Minnesota.

We are located in Morris, Minnesota, on the edge of the prairie.  Our location gives us the unique opportunity to manage organic farmland, harness the power of the wind, and conduct studies under regional conditions.  We're also home to the U of MN Regional Extension office, which works with area communities.

Lee Johnston
WCROC Director of Operations



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What's happening at the WCROC

  • Results are in for 2013-2014 on our Bioreactor usage
  • Considerations for Out-Wintering an Organic Dairy Herd
  • The U of MN's Top Ten Performing Annuals for 2014 have been announced in The SCOOP magazine.
Please refer to our News section for a complete listing of WCROC News.

Upcoming Events 

Growing garlic, onion, leeks and shallots
Wed, Jan 21, 2015

Vegetable Gardening 201
Wed, Feb 18, 2015

Save the Date!
Midwest Farm Energy Conference
June 17-19, 2015

Please see our Events and Education page for a complete listing of all events.

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