Can we achieve climate resiliency in Midwest cropping systems? Does climate resiliency impact the bottom line? Dr. Jerry Hatfield, Director of the USDA ARS Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, IA and Nobel Laureate will address these questions during the Midwest Farm Energy Conference.

Graduate students Kirsten Sharpe and Brigit Lozinski, both pursing their Masters in Animal Science from the U of MN College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, took 1st and 2nd place, respectively, in the poster competition at the Waste to Worth Conference held in April 2019. Kirsten and Brigit conduct their research projects at the WCROC and are advised by WCROC faculty. 

As a perennial crop, Kernza can grow 2-3 years without any sort of tillage. That makes Kernza a potential cover crop that will hold valuable soil in place all winter long. “We’ve been looking at Kernza from a ‘dual-use’ type system, where we can graze it, get some forage off the land for livestock, and also harvest it for grain, and maybe get some straw off the land,” reports WCROC Dairy Scienstist Braid Heins to Farm & Ranch Guide.

Technology can often improve animal welfare on farms, reports WCROC dairy scientist Brad Heins to Forbes.


May 23, 2019

Temp High (F) Temp Low (F) Precipitation (in.) Growing Degree Days
59 46 .26 4.5
Soil Temp - 2" Max Soil Temp - 2" Min Soil Temp - 4" Max Soil Temp - 4" Min
70 48

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