Some farmers interested in cover crops have planted soybeans into cereal rye or winter wheat, had good results with weed suppression and experienced negligible yield impacts. However, no research data is available about planting corn into living cereal rye. A small research plot at the WCROC may provide the answers.
More efficient sow cooling is just one of the innovative energy-related practices that are being tested at the WCROC. Other ideas include more efficient piglet heating systems, reduced nocturnal temperatures and generating solar power on-site to run the barns.
Adriana Alvarez was selected as a MnDRIVE Global Food Venture Fellow for 2016-2017. She is pursuing her PhD in Bioproducts and Biosystems Science, and is advised by WCROC faculty Robert Gardner.
Could algae be the next ingredient used in dairy rations alongside corn and soybeans? Robert Gardner and his research team at the WCROC think so.