West Central Research and Outreach Center - Morris, MN

West Central Research and Outreach Center
46352 State Hwy 329
Morris, MN 56267
Map to the WCROC (Google Map)

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.



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What's happening at the WCROC

  • Out of thin air: Using wind energy to make fertilizer, the story as it appears on the Minnesota Cornerstone, an online publication of the MN Corn Growers Association.
  • Renewable energy systems are being installed in our dairy milking parlor as well as our swine housing facilities
Please refer to our News section for a complete listing of WCROC News.

Upcoming Events


Lilies: Jewels of the Garden
Wednesday, April 30, 2014  (This event was originally scheduled for April 16, but was POSTPONED due to poor weather)
presented by the North American Lily Society

Gardening with Succulents
Wednesday, May 21, 2014  5:15pm

Summer Center Day
July 11, 2014

Horticulture Night
July 24, 2014

Organic Dairy Day
August 12, 2014

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