West Central Research & Outreach Center | Morris, MN

Aerial view of WCROC
Grazing dairy cows
Low tunnel strawberry plot


Pouring rain, organic swine, and hybrid rye… oh my!

May 31, 2024

On May 30th, 2024, West Central Research & Outreach Center (WCROC) hosted its second Organic Swine Field Day event to showcase some of the research being completed on alternative feed options for organic swine producers. The main focus of the event was on the ongoing project related to feeding hybrid rye to organic pigs, with experts involved in each step presenting and available to answer questions.

Organic Swine Production Tips

May 17, 2024

After 2 years of studying organic-certified pig production at the WCROC, graduate students Megan Kavanagh and Gabriella Lima offer some tips for successful organic pig production. 

Harley Hanke honored at Minnesota State Capitol

February 22, 2024

The family of former West Central Research and Outreach Center’s (WCROC) animal scientist, Harley Hanke, was invited to the Minnesota State Capitol for special presentation of a House Resolution honoring Harley’s commitment to agricultural research and education. Harley served as WCROC Animal Scientist from 1956-1986, and also taught at the West Central School of Agriculture. 


2024 Horticulture Night

Thursday, July 25, 2024 // 4:00 -8:00 pm

Our most highly anticipated event of the year - Horticulture Night - will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2024 from 4 to 8pm. 

A combination of hands-on gardening demonstrations and presentations will be available during the event. A keynote presentation from Derek Carwood, UMN Arboretum, will take place at 6pm in the display garden. In addition, you can look forward to live music, food booths, vendor booths, and raffles. Tours of the WCROC farm will take place at 5pm and 7pm.