West Central Research & Outreach Center | Morris, MN


Is There A More Climate-Friendly Way to Fertilize Crops?

April 25, 2022

(Forbes) Plants are naturally “solar-powered,” but there is a carbon footprint associated with growing them as a crop. The fuel used to power tractors and other equipment is part of that footprint, but the largest component is associated with the natural gas used to make synthetic nitrogen fertilizers. WCROC researchers are pursuing "green ammonia" as a way to reduce the carbon intensity of agricultural production.

Impacting Minnesota Agriculture

March 22, 2022

How much Zinc should a pregnant sow get in her diet? Which perennial plants will survive our harsh Minnesota winters? What size of solar PV system is best for a small farm? The answers to these questions are all part of why the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center is imperative to the advancement of agriculture in west central Minnesota and beyond.

Top Ten Annuals on KARE 11

March 18, 2022

(KARE 11Gardening guru's Laura Betker and Bobby Jensen at KARE 11 announced our 2022 Top Ten Performing Annuals in their weekly broadcast, Grow with KARE.


Midwest Farm Energy Conference

June 15-16, 2022

Save the date for the 2022 Midwest Farm Energy Conference, which is scheduled for June 15-16, 2022. The conference will showcase ways to reduce carbon intensity of production agriculture, the use of green hydrogen and ammonia, agrivoltaics for grazing cattle, and robotic weed control.

Horticulture Night

July 28, 2022 4-8pm

Save the date for Horticulture Night! Hands-on gardening demonstrations, horticulture presentations, Keynote speaker, WCROC farm tours, and much more! 

Hands-on Hort

Saturday, September 10, 2022 1-4 PM

Get your hands in the dirt with us during Hands-on Hort! Participants must pre-register for their choice of gardening sessions to attend during our afternoon of learning and discovery.