News

November 20, 2018

Although producers and their consultants may indicate that they have bad water or good water, there is no universally accepted standard for “bad” or “good” water. In a recent study by the U of MN, researchers sought to answer whether water quality had an impact on the health of newly weaned piglets.

September 25, 2018

Dairy farms across the country still rely on 20-20 milk replacer diets for calves, and thanks to a study done at the WCROC, we now know that starter intake can drive development among calves well beyond the eight weeks leading up to weaning.

September 11, 2018

Researchers at the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center at Morris, have installed solar panels that generate power that also provide cooling shade for cows and heifers.

Fertilizer from the Wind

2014 LiveBIG: Wind Fertilizer Feature (Minnesota)

 
The WCROC is home to the only production plant of its kind in the world: producing fertilizer from the wind. Mike Reese, director of renewable energy, and his team have developed a method to combine hydrogen and nitrogen to create ammonia that can be used as fertilizer. Not only does this interdisciplinary approach help to solve important challenges facing the agricultural industry, but also serves to reduce the carbon footprint. The Big Ten Network showcased Fertilizer from the Wind on LiveBIG in January 2014.

WCROC named Outstanding Conservationist for 2011

The West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) in Morris was named Outstanding Conservationist for 2011 by the Stevens County Soil and Water Conservation District. This recognition was based on the ROC's research and educational programs in horticulture, water quality, renewable energy, dairy, swine, and crop production.